Posts Tagged ‘Supercomposition’

“MEND” (Tao Wells and Dick Whyte, Supercomposition, 2010)

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

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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.

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“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 + 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 + 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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“George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” (SuperConcept Album, 2011)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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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).

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“Britney Spears + Noise = HOT Vol. 3″ (SuperComposition, 2011)

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

 

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Supercomposer strikes again! Volume 3 of the ongoing conceptual music project Britney Spears + Noise = HOT (mashing Britney Spears songs with experimental and avant-garde sound art) is finally here (with HOT cover art by Benedict Quilter, of Independent Woman Records). The completed 8 track album is also free to download from Bandcamp.

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.

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