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TheQ4 is a Dutch production trio consisting of sampling specialists Sense. Arts the Beatdoctor and STW. Although their collage of sounds covers bits of many genres. it is generally perceived as hip-hop or trip-hop. Numerous of obscure records are worked into every song with the greatest of care. often accompanied by live instrumentation or scratches giving their music an organic feel... Their upcoming release Darker Days however will be fully instrumental and features four original new tracks and two remixes. That Vinyl comes with a promotional cassette (yes. a cassette!) on which another new TheQ4 song can be found...
The Q4 is a collaboration of three young Dutch producers: Arts the Beatdoctor, Sense and STW. Who, though they all work in rather similar ways, have a unique sound of their own. The (at the time 4 men) crew was formed in a sleazy, dark bar in Amsterdam during the fourth quarter of 2005; And have since then created an impressive amount of material together, coloured by a wide range of musical influences and artistic collaborations. As apposed to continually repeating a loop, theQ4 compose their tracks practically note-by-note by making collages of hundreds of dusty little samples and percussion hits taken from vinyl.
Sometimes adding material recorded with session musicians giving the whole record a very organic feel to it. Due to this way of working, the amount of samples used and the time invested into each composition, listening to the record is an experience similar to listening to a movie sound track. The “Sound Surroundings” is the first
product to come out of this project and because it’s entirely instrumental became a good expression of their original statement: “Hip-Hop beats can evolve into something that is music by itself” Behind the Name. When you first take the record out the sleeve and put the needle to the groove you are introduced to the band by a fellow who was sampled from a test record for Q4 sound systems: “And now.. a full side of spectacular four channel music.. a great new instrumental group: theQ4”
These quadraphonic setups where being sold from 1970 on and where the first consumer surround sound devices on the market. The system used four channels
(4 speakers positioned in the 4 corners of the room) whom each sent out a signal entirely or partly different from the other, summing together into a magical 4.0
stereo blend. Q4 is the name of one of such systems but is also generally a short for writing quadraphonic.
“When the crew was first formed, originally it had 4 members. (hence: the QuadraphoniQuartet) Each of us was also living in a different corner of Holland at the
time and we all had our own individual style; Our own sound that we we’re making. We all have our part that we play, our own melody in the music, but in the end
it blends together into one symphony, surrounding you from all sides..”
(added: 2010-05-25 11:14:29 )