Rhythm Science

Rhythm Science

by DJ Spooky
     
 
The Belgian label Sub Rosa invited DJ Spooky "That Subliminal Kid" to remix its whole catalog. Yes, it has been done before, but there are two main factors of interest in this particular project. First of all, DJ Spooky is an unusual DJ, to say the least: he's highly imaginative and willing to push boundaries without going to the extent of disfiguring his source

Overview

The Belgian label Sub Rosa invited DJ Spooky "That Subliminal Kid" to remix its whole catalog. Yes, it has been done before, but there are two main factors of interest in this particular project. First of all, DJ Spooky is an unusual DJ, to say the least: he's highly imaginative and willing to push boundaries without going to the extent of disfiguring his source materials. Second of all, Sub Rosa's catalog encompasses a smorgasbord of audio art. And DJ Spooky has tapped into the richness of Sub Rosa's "audio archive" (dixit the album's subtitle) to produce a hard-hitting, 79-minute mix. The mix rarely stays in place, constantly moving from one spot to another. Spooky generally builds the music over three layers. First is a groove derived from ethnic percussion (Trilok Gurtu and Bill Laswell, among others) or beat-driven electro or DJ'ing (DJ Wally, DJ Grazzhoppa, Yoshihiro Hanno, David Shea, etc.). The second layer is provided by experimental electro or sound artists (Scanner, Oval, Merzbow, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, etc.). The third layer sees the highly-schooled DJ Spooky dive into Sub Rosa's generous series of aural documents of modern geniuses. And so the voices of James Joyce, William S. Burroughs, ee cummings, Brion Gysin, Antonin Artaud, Tristan Tzara, and other Gilles Deleuze's pop up everywhere, creating a meta-discourse, offering anachronical comments on the music while they themselves become part of the music. "Welcome to Rhythm Science. It's an exercise in pan-humanism," states Spooky in his lengthy liner notes. This pan-humanism plays on the blurred boundaries between high art and low art: the philosophical and literary aspects of the spoken words, the sonic research of experimentalists, and the groove, constantly and seductively present throughout the album.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
Label:
Sub Rosa
UPC:
5411867112013
catalogNumber:
201
Rank:
288859

Tracks

  1. Afterimage/The First Reading
  2. Poesi/Aliénation et Magie Noire
  3. Oscillations
  4. Encode/Let's from Some Loud Unworld's Most Rightful Wrong
  5. Zeta Reticulli/If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso
  6. Accidents and Emergencies
  7. Oscillations /Biological Closure/Ursonate [Vedic's Live Pop Remix/Biolo
  8. Kali Rising/Pour Compte (Phases, 1949)
  9. April /Anna Livia Plurabelle (Finnegan's Wake)
  10. April /Sdii Audio Template/Satricon/Some Texts From À ...
  11. Sanctus
  12. Chrysanthemum Haradjani/Girl
  13. Darba del Hameni/Ground
  14. Is It Now?
  15. Bitchley's Kow Korn/In Principio/Easter Nocturnal Liturgy
  16. Fuse/The Five Steps
  17. Atavistic Endeavor/Control Phantom/Lux Automobile
  18. Afterimage/Une Aventure Extraordinaire Arrivée À Vladimir ...
  19. D'Un Cahier d'Esquisses
  20. Mémoires d'Un Surfeur au Bord du Désert
  21. Bad Day for Wasps
  22. Dada Cat
  23. Indigo
  24. Suite, No. 11/Nothing
  25. Brin/Dislocation
  26. One Night @ the 1001/Map of Dusk
  27. With the Flow Against the Current/Jellaba Titara/Pont Mirabeau
  28. Again and Again
  29. Machine Chop/Triadic Memories/Tricyrtis Latifalia
  30. Subnubus
  31. Konstantin Raudive
  32. Morning High
  33. The Last Reading

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