We Are Not Machines

We Are Not Machines

by Bradley Parker-Sparrow
     
 

The genesis of this album is the score for the film Watch. It objects to the process whereby machines slowly but surely are stifling creative juices to the point of recreating reality in their image. The creator of this album, the music and words, is Bradley Parker-Sparrow. He is co-founder of Southport, the label on which this project is captured. The other coSee more details below

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The genesis of this album is the score for the film Watch. It objects to the process whereby machines slowly but surely are stifling creative juices to the point of recreating reality in their image. The creator of this album, the music and words, is Bradley Parker-Sparrow. He is co-founder of Southport, the label on which this project is captured. The other co-founder, vocalist Joanie Pallatto, plays the object of Parker-Sparrow's denouncement, viz., the machine. Listening to this album recalls the experimental theater productions of Orson Welles and others during the late '30s and '40s as well as the beat poetry of the '60s -- the vehicle of protest for the beat generation -- so passionate and so self-assured in its righteousness as expressed on "Little John." While Pallatto's voice may represent the machines, it is Parker-Sparrow who plays them: synthesizer, keyboard sampler, and other contrivances that many musicians use to produce ersatz music. In contrast, there are occasional rebellious appearances by acoustic instruments; Tatsu Aoki's bass, Billy Brimfield' trumpet, Pallatto's wooden flute, and Larry Gray on cello come in from time to time, resisting displacement by the dreaded machines. But the most effective and telling instrument is Pallatto's voice, often in wordless vocalizing format. She is the vehicle of evolution from acoustic to electric, starting with the first cut, "Watch," with each successive track representing the persistent takeover by machines, despite sporadic counterattacks. Not only is the machine assailed, but so is another product of poor taste: Eminem. There are two tracks that describe, with explicit lyrics, the distaste for this white rapper and what he represents. There are many other surprises waiting on this CD. This is heady stuff bulging with long overdue chastisements.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Southport Records
UPC:
0700797009322
catalogNumber:
93

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Tracks

  1. Watch  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  2. Before the Voice  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  3. Softly, Child...Watch  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  4. Bleak  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  5. Watch Me  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  6. The President's Prelude  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  7. Cut Off the Head of Eminem and Stick It Up His Butt!  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  8. Epilogue  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  9. Don't Pity the Mirror  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  10. Little John  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  11. Tell Me  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  12. Before the Time  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  13. Lounge Trio  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  14. Solo Piano Watch, One  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  15. Broken  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  16. Winter I Will Watch  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  17. Cell-Drums  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  18. Solo Piano Watch, Two  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  19. Frantic Theme  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  20. Bach-Like Watch  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  21. Lounging, Again  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  22. We Are Not Machines  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  23. Watch (Reprise)  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow
  24. Cut Off the Head of Eminem and Stick It Up His Butt!  - Bradley Parker-Sparrow

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bradley Parker-Sparrow   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Voices,Sampling,Loops,Piano (Grand)
Tatsu Aoki   Bass,Voices,Acoustic Bass
Billy Brimfield   Trumpet
Larry Gray   Cello,Acoustic Bass
Joanie Pallatto   Ocarina,Tambourine,Vocals,Wood Flute,Rainstick,Shaker,keyboard bass
Alejo Poveda   Conga,Drums,Timbales
P   Track Performer
Paulinho Garcia   Voices
Tomas de Utrera   Voices
John Magnan   Electric Bass
John E. Magnan   Electric Bass
Rick Kogan   Voices

Technical Credits

Joanie Pallatto   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Effect,Engineering
Parker Family   Tray Card
Brandtner   Graphic Design
Bradley Parker-Sparrow   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Chris J. Parker   Vocal Effect

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