The history, that should long have been ours, lies idle in the musical archives. Aspiration, our daily labour, open and sore. The music has been waiting there for better times. And the recordings reveal something about what we once may hope to be. Never before has the past sounded so much like the future.
What are we to do with this music and history – this is what this evening is about.
Listen and discuss together with Mark Ainley (Honest Jon’s Records), Nick Currie (aka Momus), Ekkehard Ehlers, Björn Gottstein, Kleopatra Sofroniou (Deutsche Grammophon) and Klaus Walter (byte.fm) at
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
16. September 2009, 20 Uhr
Here’s a little 16-minute podcast by Momus on which he recorded himself talking about what he was going to talk about and playing some very old tapes of him playing music a very long time ago:
„You are a terrorist“ is a persiflage of two official german social-marketing-campaigns. Whereas „Du bist Deutschland“ (You are Germany) was promoting the national consciousness and a child-friendly Germany, „You are a terrorist“ is the answer to todays politics in Germany.
All Citizens are under general suspicion. Germany becomes a preventive surveillance society.
By visualizing the already passed and future laws, it shows what the Germany of the present and the very near future does look like.
Additional information (German):
Amazing track from the new Busdriver album (apparently dropping in June), lightspeed wordbendery over alla turca-sampling lovebeat riddim.
Update: Just recently stumbled upon this dustyfunkbreaky version of the tune:
Sounding familiar? To be found on the fun Sublime Frequencies Comp Latinamericarpet: Exploring the Vinyl Warp of Latin American Psychedelia Vol 1.
Also a great occasion to reference Alvin Curran’s Audio Poverty performance of his ongoing work ‘ENDANGERED SPECIES - the economics of appropriation’, in which, if you listen carefully, you can hear said rapper hopping through an ocean of adopted sonics alongside voices of furious auctioneers miracoulously not breaking their tongues and samples of bol wonder riding on kangaroos. Boom e Sboom.
pic by enz
The ultimate next preset rage: www.donkdj.com. I’m hooked.
Perk up your orejitas, here comes the cumbia-donk:
Cumbia del Pato Donk (zShare)
The original track is really sweet too:
Additional Bavarian Gstanzl-Donk Bonus:
This seems to have kind of baffled the Donk-o-mat, out comes experimental next level Donkfusion sh#t yo.
Next weeks episode: Put a wonk on it.
The Audio Poverty Archive (aka Documentation page) is now complete and awaiting exploration. All the lectures, panels, concerts, talks and other curios alike, nicely packed and ready to be discovered.
For a start, listen to Brian Shimkovitz (awesometapesfromafrica.blogspot.com) spinning the spools, sunbathed aural awesomeness accumulated to magnetically coated plastic tape passed and wound from synthetical brainswamps to tropical heartspring and back plus your grain of choice: