Be Here Now: Eclectic Method @ Red Square, 7/18

July 15th, 2009, 9:45 am by Greg

Eclectic Method is an international three-man band of media mash-masters.

They not only splice ‘n’ dice songs and beats, but they also mash up films, television and videogames. Then they fuse it all back together into something totally brave and brand new – a mega-wallop of multiple-screen, neo-narrative sensory overload.

They not only shake your booty. They also shake up your braincells.

It’s not just art-rock. It’s cuisinart-rock.

They’ve worked with the likes of Public Enemy, Stephen Colbert, Fatboy Slim and U2, but there’s nothing quite like what these guys do live. Sure, Nero fiddled while Rome was burning, but at an Eclectic Method throwdown, you’ll be boogeying to the sights and sounds of pop culture imploding.

And, of course, no two Eclectic Method shows are even remotely the same, and Nippertown fans will have the opportunity to be sucked into back-to-back performances this weekend.

They’ll be at Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson on Friday, July 17 and at Red Square in Albany on Saturday, July 18. Prior to the Jason’s performance, there will be a screening of the controversial documentary film, “RiP!: A Remix Manifesto.” As the opening act on Saturday in Albany, meanwhile, the one-man sonic assault squadron Disposable Rocket Band will bomb the house with heat-seeking missles. And DJ Mr. Chips will be mixin’ it up both nights.


Song of the Week: In Bb 2.0 – Remixable Video Music

July 2nd, 2009, 2:45 pm by Sara

My friend Jeff Sampson sent this link – a set of Youtube videos (including a banjo played with an ebow!!) that create infinite permutations of a collaborative musical creation. The results are enchanting, and it’s amazing to me how all of these disparate tracks manage to work together to create these endless soundscapes.

In Bb 2.0


Here’s an excerpt from Darren Solomon’s FAQ:

Q. How did you come up with the idea for In Bb?

A. I was making a site with embedded YouTube videos (as a complement to this blog post) when I realized that YouTube doesn’t stop the user from running more than one video at a time. I was curious to see if there was a musical way to explore that concept, so I recorded some instrumental videos and eventually came up with In Bb v1.

Q. Who wrote the music of In Bb?

A. Interesting question! I think the traditional concept of authorship doesn’t really apply here. You wrote it, the participants wrote it, I wrote it. For lack of a better idea, if you need to credit the music, it would probably be best to say “by”.

Q. Is In Bb a tribute to Terry Riley?

A. Absolutely. Terry Riley is one of my favorite composers. Songs For The Ten Voices Of The Two Prophets is a desert island disc for me.

Oh but wait there’s more (apologies to the late Billy Mays) Darren Solomon, the creator of in Bb, is also the producer and writer behind Science For Girls, a melange of jazz, electronica and Brazillian that is waaaaaaay cool, well produced, fantastic vocals, catchy…

Remix this!

June 10th, 2009, 4:07 pm by Greg

Activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor tackles a thorny subject – the issues of copyright in the digital information age – with his new film, “RiP! A remix manifesto.”

The feature-length documentary has been making the film festival rounds to considerable acclaim, having been hailed as “about as edgy and fascinating a glimpse as you’ll get into one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age,” as well as “the sexiest film about copyright infringement I’ve ever seen.”

The film is both smart and funny, focusing much of the debate on sonic-collagist and mass-mash-up master Girl Talk, who was a feature performer at the Mountain Jam fest at Hunter Mountain just two weeks ago.

Whether you’re talking about the one-step-beyond-sampling music of Girl Talk or the Obama image appropriation of artist Shepard Fairey, this is a thought-provoking movie that you’re going to want to see.

How you see it, of course, is up to you.

You can go directly to the movie’s website and download the entire film at a pay-what-you-will rate.

Or you could wait and buy it on DVD (with a whole bunch of extras) when the Disinformation Company releases it on Tuesday, June 30.

Or you can head down to Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, where the gallery will be screening the film at 7pm Friday, June 12. Copyright lawyer, arts advocate, Metroland columnist and all-around bon vivant Paul Rapp will lead what is certain to be a lively discussion following the screening.

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