video title: David Conley Experimental Electronic Music 1998
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video source: SacTVnews
published on YouTube May 2, 2012

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duration 2:07 minutes

David Conley - Experimental Electronic Music 1998 "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on May 2, 2012

David Conley was one of the most experimental electronic musicians in Sacramento before moving to Monterey in the 2000s to become a nightly entertainer. David has studied music all his life and has taught piano and guitar to many students. In this video David explores the unknown, seeking sounds that paint the history of the unknown. Both he and drummer Ron Givens worked with me at alternative station KWOD in Sacramento as air personalities. What's interesting about this video is that it was made in 1998, the year before the music industry peaked and began its long financial decline due to a changing of the guard. Napster, for better or worse, transformed music in 1999 as downloads became the new way to listen to music, ushering in a new digital age. The conversation over the music in this video revolves around the idea that civilization's past and future are unknown. That leaves the present as our main resource.

As host of the local music show on KWOD called "The Sound of Sacramento," he gave many artists their first airplay. Althiough I was the creator and original host of the show along with Morris B, it was David who convinced me to launch the show, which was born in June 1992, a year after KWOD began experimenting with alternative music and six months before the station officially flipped to the alternative format. His contribution to Sacramento music culture was enormous. It was David who helped transform the scene from a cassette culture to a digital culture because when he eventually took over the show he raised the bar by letting bands know the music had to be submitted in a digital format. As an artist, he performed a mix of electronic, pop and rock material that set a new tone for the local scene throughout the 90s. Read more about independent music at Playlist Research.

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