The concept is simple, take two bands which are characterized as opposed (culturally, personally, ideologically) and superimpose a song from each band on top of one other (mending the rift). Concept developed by Tao Wells and myself one weekend in New Plymouth and eventually spawned my Britney Spears Best of Noise solo project.
These are not ‘remixes’, though we are interested in their relation to remixing. We have simply laid two songs on top of each other (a rhizome, a remedy) in the hope that there will be moments of connection between the layers. The points at which these two layers touch (caress) offer moments of “mending.” While mixing makes use of the cut, mending makes use of care.
“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)
“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)
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)
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.
“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).”
“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)
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.
Concept album consisting of two minimalist compositions using a sample from Kanye West’s Runaway, inspired by Steve Reich’s experiments with ‘phasing’. In the technique of phasing a repetitive phrase (or loop) is played on two musical instruments in steady, but not identical tempo. At first the two layers appear to be in time with one another. However, because the two instruments differ ever so slightly in speed they gradually go out of “phase” with one another creating, at first, an echo effect and then a doubling of notes, before eventually phasing back in time with one another. Steve Reich explored this technique with the use of live instruments, but it can be effectively manipulated through sampling and remixing as well. Download the complete album (in FLAC or high quality MP3) on my Bandcamp Page.
Track 1: Rruunnaawwaayy: Supercomposition for Two Pianos (36 minute phase exploration of a 38 second piano sample from the hip-hop song Runaway by Kanye West). Track 2: Rrruuunnnaaawwwaaayyy: Supercomposition for Three Pianos (a second 36 minute exploration of the same 38 second piano sample).
Previously volumes have included Britney paired with artists like The Dead C, Pierre Schaeffer, Arthur Doyle, Francis Dhomont and Yximalloo. This volume includes a number of more obscure New Zealand noise artists like Little Skull, Richard Neave, Jack Ellitt and The Human Instinct (as well as some other surprises). UPDATE: If you enjoyed this check out Volume 1 and Volume 2 as well.