Archive for the ‘Supercomposer’ Category

“Britney Spears + The Dead C = HOT” (Rhimix, 2010)

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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Minimalist musical mashup superimposing The Dead C’s “Suffer Bomb Damage” over top of Britney Spears’ “Radar.” The Dead C (Bruce Russell, Michael Morley, Robbie Yeats) are a seminal free-noise band from New Zealand. Part of the ongoing Britney Spears Best of Noise project. Many thanks to Abulafia: Electronic Folk Music for featuring this on their blog. The first 8 tracks of this project were released on the concept album Britney Spears + Noise = HOT. Download the full album for free (in FLAC or high quality MP3) on my Bandcamp Page.

“That there is an area between other forms of music where all of the “rules” which hold them apart cease to apply. All musics bleed into this Empty Quater, some exist more within, and some more without, its bounds.” (Bruce Russell, Free Noise Manifesto)

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“Britney Spears + Pierre Schaeffer = HOT” (Rhimix, 2010)

Friday, October 1st, 2010

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Minimalist musical mashup superimposing Pierre Schaeffer’s avant-garde composition “Cinq Etudes De Bruits: Etude Violette” over top of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” Schaeffer is a composer and musicologist who was instrumental in pioneering musique concrete as an art form. Part of the ongoing Britney Spears Best of Noise project. The first 8 tracks of this project were released on the concept album Britney Spears + Noise = HOT. Download the full album for free (in FLAC or high quality MP3) on my Bandcamp Page.

“So these were the three circumstances that compelled me to experiment in music: I was involved in music; I was working with turntables (then with tape-recorders); I was horrified by modern 12-tone music. I said to myself, ‘Maybe I can find something different… maybe salvation, liberation, is possible.’ Seeing that no-one knew what to do anymore with DoReMi, maybe we had to look outside that… Unfortunately it took me forty years to conclude that nothing is possible outside DoReMi… In other words, I wasted my life.” (Pierre Schaeffer)

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“Britney Spears + Sun Ra + John Cage = HOT” (Rhimix, 2010)

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

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The fourth in my series of Britney Spears experimental remixes, superimposing Sun Ra and John Cage (from the album “John Cage Meets Sun Ra”) over top of Spears’ “Piece of Me.” Sun Ra is a free jazz space traveller and John Cage is an avant-garde composer instrumental in developing the use of chance operations in experimental music. Part of the ongoing Britney Spears Best of Noise project. Many thanks to Path To Unknown Worlds and Swen’s Weblog for featuring this recently. The first 8 tracks of this project were released on the concept album Britney Spears + Noise = HOT. Download the full album for free (in FLAC or high quality MP3) on my Bandcamp Page.

“The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.” (John Cage)

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“Britney Spears + Noise = HOT” (Concept Album, 2010)

Friday, October 29th, 2010

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Concept album mashing avant-garde music (Sun Ra, John Cage, The Dead C, Pierre Schaeffer, Arthur Doyle) with Britney Spears songs. Download the full album for free (in FLAC or high quality MP3) on my Bandcamp Page.

1ST EDITION: 20 copies with hand lettered covers were given away free at Frederick Sound and Light Exploration Society art fair on October 9th (also featuring The Unknown Rockstar, The DollPumice, Campbell Kneale, Matt Whitwell, Bryce Galloway, Drawing Silence and Claire Harris, among others). 2ND EDITION: 20 copies featuring the cover above were ‘sold’ for gold coin donation at the MyGalaxi art market on October 29th and 30th. 3RD EDITION: 10 copies were given away for free at Big Dick’s Best of YouTube screening at the NZ Film Archive. Subsequent editions have been produced for Wellington Zinefest and general distribution.

Part of the ongoing Britney Spears Best of Noise project. There is also now a torrent on Pirate Bay. Update: Volume 2 OUT NOW!

“These are not remixes, as such, though I am interested in their relation to remixing. All I have done is superimpose well known avant-garde musicians over top of Britney Spears songs in the hope that multiple points of connection might be established between the two layers. I call this a rhimix. Remixes are are based on the “cut” (melding several tracks together, producing one). Rhimixes are based on the “caress” (mending several tracks together, producing a multiplicity of points at which they touch). The remix = juxtacomposition (comprised of different samples). The rhimix = supercomposition (comprised of different speeds).”

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“Britney Spears + Nam June Paik = HOT” (Mashup, 2010)

Monday, November 8th, 2010

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Minimalist musical mashup superimposing Nam June Paik’s “Hommage A John Cage” over top of Britney Spears’ “Gimme More.” Nam June Paik is a Korean-born interdisciplinary conceptual artist who is often credited as being the “first” video artist. He also frequently worked with sound. Part of the ongoing Britney Spears Best of Noise project. The first 8 tracks of this concept were released on the concept album Britney Spears + Noise = HOT. Download the full album for free (in FLAC or high quality MP3) on my Bandcamp Page.

“Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body’s new membrane of existence.” (Nam June Paik)

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“Britney Spears + Yximalloo = HOT” (Mashup, 2010)

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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Minimalist mashup superimposing Yximalloo’s “Why To Christmas” (from the album Fangs of Lucifer) over top of the Britney Spears song ‘3’. Yximalloo (a.k.a. Naofumi Ishimaru) is a Japanese experimental/noise/pop musician, best known for his collaborations with Jad Fair of Half Japanese. Download the full 8 track album for free (in FLAC or high quality MP3) from Bandcamp.

From the 8 track concept album Britney Spears + Noise = HOT Vol. 2 (mashing Britney Spears songs with noise and avant-garde musicians). Part of the ongoing Britney Spears Best of Noise project. If you enjoyed this you may also want to check out Britney Spears + Noise = HOT Vol. 1 (including The Dead C, William S. Burroughs, Arthur Doyle, Nam June Paik, Pierre Schaeffer and Sun Ra).

“The trouble with Japanese pop, Yximalloo says, is that Japanese are brainwashed by caucasian culture. In Japan, 98% of people are following trends and only 2% of people are setting them. He recently heard Pizzicato 5 for the first time, and looks disappointed when I tell him they’ve split up.” (read more)

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“Britney Spears + Henri Pousseur = HOT” (Mashup, 2010)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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Minimalist mashup superimposing Henri Pousseur’s “Scambi” (Exchanges) over top of the Britney Spears song “If You Seek Amy.” Henri Pousseur was an experimental composer whose tape work “Scambi” was particularly unique, in that it uses what Pousseur called an ‘open form’, meaning that it is meant to be assembled and reassembled in infinite variations (prefiguring concepts like ‘open source’ and ‘creative commons’). For this reason multiple versions of “Scambi” exist (the version I have used was Pousseur’s 1957 mix).

From the 8 track concept album Britney Spears + Noise = HOT Vol. 2 (mashing Britney Spears songs with noise and avant-garde musicians). Listen or download the full album for free from Bandcamp. Part of the ongoing Britney Spears Best of Noise project. If you enjoyed this you may also want to check out Britney Spears + Noise = HOT Vol. 1 (including The Dead C, William S. Burroughs, Arthur Doyle, Nam June Paik, Pierre Schaeffer and Sun Ra).

“I think composition will not always be the production of closed and finished objects which one can buy and sell… We will have to think increasingly in a collective way… In fact this has always been the case.” (Henri Pousseur, read more)

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“Britney Spears + Noise = HOT Vol. 2” (Supercompositions, 2010)

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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britney spears and dick whyte fan art by claire harris

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Britney Spears + Noise = HOT Vol. 2 is finally out!!! With HOT cover art by the wonderful Claire Harris (yes, that is me doing karaoke with Britney)! Finished at the end of 2010, this is a continuation of the Britney Spears Best of Noise project (mashing my favourite Britney songs with experimental, avant-garde and noise artists). The full 8 track album (newly remastered) is available for free download on Bandcamp.

Finally, there is a torrent for it up on Pirate Bay and I would greatly appreciate anyone who has the spare bandwidth seeding it for a while. UPDATE: If you enjoyed this, check out Volume 1 and Volume 3 as well.

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“Free Jazz Ascension” (Concept Album, 2011)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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Minimalist mashup concept album supercomposing John Coltrane’s Ascension over top of Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. Track 1: EDITION I (right speaker channel of Ascension/left speaker channel of Free Jazz). Track 2: EDITION II (left speaker channel of Ascension/right speaker channel of Free Jazz). Download the full album for free (in FLAC or high quality MP3) on my Bandcamp Page.

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“Pieces of Me, No. 1 & 2” (Photochop, Thistle Hall, 2011, curated by Markus McIntyre)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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Two A1 collages using images of Britney Spears, made for Photochop III (curated by Markus McIntyre, Thistle Hall, 2011); “A collective exhibition of collage images from print using photo chop, scissors and glue… salut[ing] the dawn of photo lithography, the 120 year old tradition of processing images for the mass print medium.” My Britney collages were laminated and displayed on various doors around the gallery, in the way that a poster might appear in a teenage bedroom. The exhibition also featured work by Claire Harris, Will Frew, Robyn Kenealy, Ruby Nekk, Sam Stephens, Don Smith, Curtis Nixon and Di Dixon (among others).

On the opening night I also performed as Supercomposer for the first time (see below) alongside The Unknown Rockstar and The Doll, reproducing a number of my Britney Spears + Noise = HOT remixes in a live setting (and some other bits and pieces, including a HOT Jay-Z vs. Kevin Drumm mashup).

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“On this week at Thistle Hall is the biennial PhotoChop exhibition, centered around the art of collage… with a selection of fine works including repurposed postcards, a scenic Urewera setting for Willie Apiata and a couple of fine posters celebrating the golden years of Britney Spears.” (Wellingtonista, read more)

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