Sound Unbound: Excerpts and Allegories from the Sub Rosa Archives

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In 2004, DJ Spooky was given full access to the archives of Sub Rosa, a Belgian label celebrated for its catholic musical range -- everyone from Bill Laswell and Alter Echo to Nam June Paik and Edgard Varèse posthumously, of course have found their work featured on Sub Rosa releases. Given his status as the most prolific and admired of the postmodern DJs, Spooky was an obvious choice to create a huge sonic tapestry from this wildly varied catalog, and his creation was titled Rhythm Science: Excerpts and Allegories from the Sub Rosa Archives, Vol. 1. Four years later comes a companion volume with a similar title, this one more groove-oriented and really very fascinating. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In 2004, DJ Spooky was given full access to the archives of Sub Rosa, a Belgian label celebrated for its catholic musical range -- everyone from Bill Laswell and Alter Echo to Nam June Paik and Edgard Varèse posthumously, of course have found their work featured on Sub Rosa releases. Given his status as the most prolific and admired of the postmodern DJs, Spooky was an obvious choice to create a huge sonic tapestry from this wildly varied catalog, and his creation was titled Rhythm Science: Excerpts and Allegories from the Sub Rosa Archives, Vol. 1. Four years later comes a companion volume with a similar title, this one more groove-oriented and really very fascinating. In typical postmodern fashion, it revels in juxtapositions that make little sense on paper but turn out to be quite compelling listening -- spoken word excerpts from Allen Ginsberg and Jean Cocteau rub up against instrumental selections from To Rococo Rot and Trilok Gurtu, and often the different elements are layered over each other. On track seven, for example, music by Marcel Duchamp is layered with music from the Master Musicians of Joujouka and juxtaposed with snippets of an interview with George Heard Hamilton. Elsewhere, chunks of Philip Glass' "Music in Fifths" are followed immediately by Varèse's pioneering piece of musique concrète titled "Poème Electronique," and Bill Laswell's "Ghost Dub" provides a dark musical bed for a recording of René Magritte discussing the elements and history of surrealism. What all this adds up to is, inevitably, yet one more chance for DJ Spooky annoyingly to show off his erudition at least this package doesn't include a photograph of his book collection and it's also true that he's pushing his luck when he asks the listener to regard this program as an "essay" in any meaningful sense of the term. But it's also a fascinating crazy-quilt of forward-thinking musical sounds spanning a whole century, and it will provide plenty of food for conversation as well as a starting point for any number of musical research projects. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Sub Rosa
  • EAN: 5411867112815
  • Catalog Number: 281
  • Sales rank: 235,142

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cool Noises - RadioMentale (1:45)
  2. 2 Once Loved/A Footnote to Howl (DJ Spooky Remix) - Martyn Bates (3:10)
  3. 3 Le Buste (DJ Spooky Mix) - Jean Cocteau (2:57)
  4. 4 Imagination - Sun Radio Ibiza (0:36)
  5. 5 Untitled in Cof Minor/A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson (DJ Spooky Remix - Mikhail (4:28)
  6. 6 Scratch Battle - Rob Swift (2:30)
  7. 7 The Creative Act/Boujeloud (Solo Drums)/But the Pad - George Heard Hamilton (1:00)
  8. 8 The Paper Work Explosion - Raymond Scott (2:28)
  9. 9 Perpetual Next/Pop Titles 'You' - Alter Echo (1:57)
  10. 10 Sarah/I Could Never Make That Music Again - Liam Gillick (1:21)
  11. 11 Eolian Episode/Gnossienne (DJ Spooky Dub Version) - James Joyce (2:42)
  12. 12 Reed Phase - Ulrich Krieger (2:27)
  13. 13 Cika-Laka/Cool Noises Pt. 2/BBB - RadioMentale (1:44)
  14. 14 Dias Dias Dias - Augusto DeCampos (1:44)
  15. 15 Rozart Mix - John Cage (0:39)
  16. 16 Pour en Finir Avec le Jugement de Dieu (To Have Done with God's Judgeme - Antonin Artaud (2:10)
  17. 17 One Laptop: Theme (1:30)
  18. 18 The Spilled Cup (DJ Spooky Remix) - Sussan Deyhim (1:29)
  19. 19 General Motor Futurama - Raymond Scott (1:03)
  20. 20 Erratum Musical (Score for Three Voices)/Voyage for Three - Marcel Duchamp (0:48)
  21. 21 Ghost Dub/Le Surréalisme et Les Questions - Rene Magritte (2:04)
  22. 22 The First Set - Area 4/A Little Noise in the System - Evan Parker (0:52)
  23. 23 [Untitled] (DJ Spooky Remix) - Bora Yoon (2:29)
  24. 24 Cinq Études de Bruits: Étude Violette - Pierre Schaeffer (0:16)
  25. 25 The Need to Be - Daniel Bernard Roumain (2:12)
  26. 26 Music in Fifths - Ulrich Krieger (1:48)
  27. 27 Poème Électronique - Edgard Varèse (2:46)
  28. 28 Concret Ph - Iannis Xenakis (0:28)
  29. 29 One Minute - Ryoji Ikeda (0:59)
  30. 30 Audience (DJ Spooky Mix) - Sonic Youth (2:41)
  31. 31 Dong Lim - Alter Echo (1:27)
  32. 32 Dorian Reeds - Ulrich Krieger (2:14)
  33. 33 Corale/FTP/Bundle/Conduit - Luigi Russolo (0:27)
  34. 34 Rumba Lu Georgel/I Know the Power of Words - Vladimir Mayakovsky (2:07)
  35. 35 Pilgrim's Song/Kala - Bill Laswell (2:06)
  36. 36 Hommage à John Cage - Nam June Paik (0:25)
  37. 37 Mandolin/Acid Bassline - Morton Subotnick (1:22)
  38. 38 Mali Mal Mal M'Halmaz/Dada-Sprüche - Boujeloud (2:00)
  39. 39 Anna Blume - Sub Swara (1:51)
  40. 40 Week End - Walter Ruttmann (1:25)
  41. 41 Bendix Tomorrow People #1 - Raymond Scott (0:59)
  42. 42 I Can't Look for You/The Palaces of Gesar's Family (DJ Spooky Remix) - Martyn Bates (2:10)
  43. 43 Incantation for Tape - Otto Luening (0:44)
  44. 44 Timesdot3 - Carsten Nicolai (0:49)
  45. 45 The Western Land - William S. Burroughs (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Spooky Primary Artist
Caetano Veloso Spoken Word
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