Thursday 12 October 2006 at 2:32 pm
Ten years ago Baltimore was hard to find, at least outside of Baltimore. You may have been sleeping... In Boston, the Beyond the QE2 crew on WZBC would play it, but i never managed to discover where they copped their tunes -- Biscuithead stocked some, but the selection was never as banging as what was dropped at Beyond's radio or DJ Duo's club sessions.
Here's a 26 minute radio session, recorded to cassette in 96-97 by yours truly.
DJ Rupture's Cassette Rescue Series - BALTIMORE @ Beyond the QE2, WZBC. 1996/7
if lo-fi negro pottymouth avant-garde clubb beats are NOT your thing, no problem, we totally understand, let's listen to some Very Pleasant, acoustic, non-orthodox gnawa fusion tunes from Morocco.
?? -- from Festival d'Essaouira vol. 1 cassette
from one of the many unlicensed cassette comps that float around the Festival d'Essaouira. Published by Mogador Music in Essaouira, but no additional info. The official festival graphic (below) makes me wonder -- who hit Africa harder, Hendrix or Marley? i'm guessing it's the sound of Marley and the look of Hendrix. This is not the first gnawa-as-Hendrix cover art i've seen in the Maghreb...
tip: for partyrock dancefloor nuclear, try Heatwave's gnarly Crazy Hype 7" on Punchline. It's as good as their 'Trick Me Twice' and the edits are even better, as is the original voicing by Rubi Dan. buyable a bunch of places like here and here. If you gonna do mashups, you'd best be better than everybody else...
disclaimer: i once had tea and sandwiches with Heatwave & Rubi in BCN.
truth: when i played this seven at Ghislain's insane booty party in Montreal (BOUNCE) the (already boiling) room actually got hotter, it felt like opening an oven.
Friday 06 October 2006 at 3:41 pm
When Lebrijano sings, the water gets wet
- Gabriel García Márquez
as a follow-up to the Auratheft mix, here´s flamenco singer El Lebrijano, accompanied by La Orquesta Arabigo-Andalusi de Tanger. Calle De San Francisco: a perfect Andalucian storm of voice, poetry, instrumentation. from his Casablanca album
El Lebrijano - Calle De San Francisco
My Grime/Dubstep/Voice post
quite quicky became one of the most talked about pieces on MuddUp!. Thanks to all the commentors here and elsewhere who keep adding great new thoughts and angles into the conversation.
Any discussion of voice and subjectivity in audio should include Gregory Whitehead
- I´ve discussed him here
. A lot of his writings and works for radio actively explore the notion of disembodied radiobodies, how a voice severed from body/source operates -- very relevant to the sampling discussion, and critical for anybody interested in radio. try this one, it functions as a twisted essay on vocal subjectivity and desire. This piece is 22 years old!
Gregory Whitehead - If a Voice Like, Then What?
(from Ubu Web, also on Whitehead´s Pleasure of Ruins CD)
his pieces display an incredible sense of sound design, and the language itself pushes it over into brilliance. (i listened to A LOT of Whitehead cassettes when I was a kid. Too many?).
If you have 15 minutes and space for 20 megabytes, I strongly suggest:
Gregory Whitehead - Pleasure of Ruins
(from Ubu Web, also on Whitehead´s Pleasure of Ruins CD
MONUMENT FOR MANKIND
THE WORLD IS FULL OF PHANTOMS
BABYLON IS EVERYWHERE
THE PLEASURE OF RUINS
Also, 'Gregorian' chants intoning dead cities, so many dead cities as time presses on, pleasure spliced in -- prerecorded? Crackles in the signal, voices in the fog.