WTM #1090: Electrosplotationary Strategy


wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3
Amsterdam ~ Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies

 

5 April 2010 // 16.30-18.30

“Few people  in the Western World are more subject to the tensions, anxieties and physical and mental ailments [than] a computerized, technological society.”

• Richard Hittleman, TV Yoga Guru

Building Steam with a Grain of Salt > DJ Shadow [Endtroducing / Mo Wax]
Numbers 1 > Public Works [Numbers / Tape Beatles / Elevator Bath]
Best Foot Forward > DJ Shadow [Endtroducing / Mo Wax]
Solid Cover > Foul Geese [Wild Foul Calling! / His Master’s Honk]
Glass > Barbara Ellison [Com.Post / DSPS-De Player]
Pecking Through History > Foul Geese [Wild Foul Calling! / His Master’s Honk]
Shiny Creatures > Foul Geese [Wild Foul Calling! / His Master’s Honk]
1983 … (A Merman I Should Turn To Be > Jimi Hendrix Experience [Electric Ladyland / Reprise vinyl]
This City is Built on Sand > Peter Szely [Com.Post / DSPS-De Player]
Junk > Foul Geese + William Burroughs [Wild Foul Calling! / His Master’s Honk]
And The Gods Made Love > Jimi Hendrix Experience [Electric Ladyland / Reprise vinyl]
Addendum > Peter Szely [Com.Post / DSPS-De Player]
And The Gods Reversed Love > Jimi Hendrix Experience [Electric Ladyland / Reprise vinyl]
Geese Go To Church > Foul Geese [Wild Foul Calling! / His Master’s Honk]
Voodoo Chile > Jimi Hendrix Experience [Electric Ladyland / Reprise vinyl]
Song for Electrocity > Zea [Super Cosmotics / Red Wig]
Dance of the Garbagemen > Filastine [Burn It / Jarring Effects]
Numbers 2 > Public Works [Numbers / Tape Beatles / Elevator Bath]
Judas Goat / Lucre > Filastine [Burn It / Jarring Effects]
Parcelle 5 > Mathias Delplanque [Parcelles 1-10 / Bruit Clair]
+ Cobra > Richard Hittleman [Yoga For Health / YFH]
Lucre > Filastine [Burn It / Jarring Effects]
Parcelle 5 > Mathias Delplanque [Parcelles 1-10 / Bruit Clair]
Thai Kick Boxing Theme Music 1
Dance of the Garbagemen > Filastine [Burn It / Jarring Effects]

The post-modern strategy of recycling fads and sounds to create something at once strange otherworldly and oddly familiar, something that delves mischieviously into memories and sinisterly thrusts us helplessly into some woebegone vague future as you listen to a reprocessed laugh that is both unreal and totally familiar from a mass media memory context… And you realize that the temperament and strategy create a dynamic link between worlds.

DJ Shadow extends Hendrix, Filastine works with the processes left behind by Negativland and the Tape Beatles assuming a more advocacy-heavy activist position. The strategies of appropriation has become a fight of factions and the effectiveness of one another’s symbols, critique and logos…

It is hard for musicians to break through these days. I was having a discussion with Al Margolis of If, Bwana at an Amsterdam cafe in the sun about how things for labels, producers and musicians have changed. We wondered what would be the lot of someone like Hendrix today… It has changed so much. For all of the evil of the industry in the past ripping off musicians and being top down at least you weren’t competing with 10 million others in a splintering of 1000 subsubgenres. I mean there is a subgenre called minimal house. Not quite not dance, not quite dance. Shadowy genres I find interesting sounds but nonetheless you have to wonder at the overweighing of marketing or emblemizing strategies, each subgenre with a vaguely different look and iconography.

Another subgenre I think a lot of what I like is called experimental ambient. Not the new agey schmaltz but daring sounds that act like industry in the middle of a glorious mountain valley, music that seems to embody our dichotomous lifestyles, our compromised ideals, our misgivings, denying our part in the ecological holocaust etc.

What keeps it all interesting? Well, the challenge of overcoming the puzzles, hardships, mess sometimes left behind by other [asocial] DJs. So you always have to come prepared. The day you bring only CDs someone has decided to borrow or break the only working CD player. So better be prepared: I now always bring some vinyl because right now there is only 1 working CD player and the computer / USB input remains a worrisome enterprise. You just never know. So my basic “equipment” is 1 mike, 1 carrousel CD player and 2 turntables, the vinyl being used for transitions and segues and often to roughen up a show with some scratchy historical [spoken] source material…

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