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|"Mathematical Eyes": numinous, too-somber-to-be-camp new music and vid from Black Replica and Heinrich Mueller (aka Arpanet, Dopplereffekt, etc) [YouTube]. Cocteau meets David Lynch for an afternoon LARP (just covering my ass here for the naysayers). The intermesh of the music and moving images dazzles, and the shots with the alien child both move and chill. |
The Black Replica MySpace page, with some more songs, is here. Via Drexciya Research Lab, a great blog, website, and MySpace page concerning all things James Stinson (r.i.p.) and Gerald Donald. (Detroit electro musicians as important as Coltrane and Sun Ra, if listeners can "take their minds to another level," to quote a Drexciya song, probably a collaboration betw. the two artists)
"Ionic Baroque (Dance Mix)" [5.9 MB .mp3]
A recently posted song revised and extended. A beat comes up in the middle where there used to be a-rhythmic semi-collapse and establishes what can only, fairly, be called a "groove," lasting from about 2/3 of the way through to the end. I'm fairly happy with the production and overall sound balance of this track. It's a nerdy piece, probably not too popular, but I plan to do more of them.
Someone assumed from a previous post that because I had work at the Digital Art and Video Fair (see above) that I was going to Miami. I AM NOT GOING TO MIAMI. It's bad enough having to see work by artists like Takashi Murakami in NY, much less having to travel to see it.
But, um, I certainly appreciate artMovingProjects taking my work down there so I can stay here in my ivory tower. The DiVa fair is being held in shipping containers on the beach, so a certain aesthetic distance is maintained from the general orgy of commerce. As befits the true vanguard.
"It's My Beat" (Sweet Tee and Jazzy Joyce)
Jazzy Joyce (On the wheels) Jazzy Joyce (No one better)
Jazzy Joyce (Speedin' faster than an '86 Jetta)
Cold blooded terrorizin', baby, that you can bet
(And if you battle me, never let me see you sweat)
Hear it: 250 KB .mp3
"9th Wonder (Blackitolism)" (Digable Planets with Jazzy Joyce)
Jazzy Joyce (On the wheels) Jazzy Joyce (No one’s smoother)
Jazzy Joyce (Phatter than a '94 Land Cruiser)
Where you from? (The Bronx, representin' like whatever fly)
Cool, are you slicker this year? (Yeah, why?)
Hear it: 250 KB .mp3
My criteria for this group of images were everything had to: (i) be printed landscape orientation, 13 x 19 inches, and (ii) have appeared on this blog since the printing of the last group of pictures done in this fashion. All are 100% rag paper, archival ink, blah blah. The grouping is at once an installation, twelve separate drawings (a term I'm stretching to include photography), a physical record of images disseminated online, and a reification of a particular slice of this blog. Some of the content I invented out of whole cloth; some are my interpretations of others' images. Except for changes in scale to fit the paper size, nothing was altered from the way it appeared online. These would be framed for a real-space presentation. Sorry if this sounds stuffy, just trying to nail down my concept.
Spoken word mp3: Interview with Marcin Ramocki and Justin Strawhand about the movie 8 BIT - about 35 minutes long - can be found on the Small World Podcast blog. Begins with a Bill O'Reilly soundbite about evil, pathetic kids "plugged into machines" and proceeds to rebut that nonsense. A good, tuneful Bit Shifter Game Boy music piece at the very end.
John Bolton is resigning after pretending to be UN ambassador for a year--finally! As the photo above reminds us, he was one of the recount cheaters who got Bush "elected" back in 2000. (See those fanatic eyes searching, searching for hanging chads.) He's a Bush loyalist, a hard core right winger, a hack--he should never be in the UN because his kind wants to abolish it.
Good Simon Reynolds post on "the future" in music:
Perhaps there’s a three-way division here.As for "futuroid," the only way you could really evaluate something "unforeheard" would be after it already occurred, so this category is paradoxical and possibly useless for present criticism or music creation. But the 3-way definition is a good way of getting at the differences between what's actually happening that's forward-looking, unexamined retro notions (a la The Jetsons) of what's ahead, and the undefinable something that the future will recognize as avant garde or "ahead of its time." I agree with the statement in his post that early '90s breakbeat hardcore was more revolutionary than what came after, drum and basswise, yet was about musicians trying to top each other with new gear "in the now"--not with some eye cocked on the future.
Artists who make an overt ideology out of their aspiration to make tomorrow’s music today (this would include quite a few techno people, but also a group like The Young Gods, or earlier, the Art of Noise--both of whom could also be seen as having a relationship to the actual early 20th Century movement Futurism, adding a tinge of retro-Futurism)
Artists who play with science fiction imagery, a set of signifiers and associations that refer back to a tradition of how the Future was envisaged or sonically imagined. For quite some time--even in the early 90s--this kind of thing already had a retro-futurist tinge to it. Again lots of techno artists went in for this kind of imagery but so did a lot of genres (synthpop, industrial, space music) outside the dance field.
The actually emergent or unforeheard elements in music.
(Why not call this 'modernist'? Well, Modernism is itself a style, a period-bound thing to the point where there is such a thing as retro-modernism... Not all futuroid things are going to manifest as stark/lacking ornament/bleak/brutal/abstract/functional/minimalist, i.e. the cliches of modernism... For instance breakbeat science as it evolved turned into a kind of rhythmic baroque, and wildstyle graffiti, while futuroid and futuristic, was not Modernist in that style-defined sense of stark etc).
To map this onto the old Raymond Williams residual/emergent dichotomy, most musics that are any good or at all enjoyable or have any impact on the wider culture are going to involve a mixture of futuroid and traditional. A wholly Futuroid music would probably be as indigestible as Marinetti’s proposed Italo-Futurist replacement for pasta--a dish of perfumed sand.