DJ Spooky at UNC|
Went to UNC campus this afternoon for two hours of lecture and q&a with Paul Miller, better known as DJ Spooky.
Paul Jones (standing), Paul Miller (seated), before the lecture began.
I last saw Paul Miller when he came to UNC to perform his Rebirth of a Nation work. I will next see him tomorrow night at Duke for his performance of his Video Soul: Wattstax to the Avant Garde. (Who else is coming, or is interested in coming?)
As always, I find Miller intelligent and articulate about his creative process. I highly recommend his book Rhythm Science.
I assume that today's lecture was recorded and the recording will be made available on ibiblio in a few days, I'll probably post a link to it when I see that it's there.
almost raw notes from today follow.
DJ Spooky/Paul Miller, UNC, 3pm Friday 8 February 2008
Miller is editor of a new book forthcoming _Sound Unbound_ at MIT Press
(released this May)
CDs available after the show, to listen, share, copy
as an artist/writer/musician, he found (and still does) that people strongly want to compartmentalize the categories. Or, not and.
software has destabilized some of the boundaries of the arts
originality/derivative works, art/artifact
stack of 4 different CDs, intent to set up a trade economy
George Melies (one of PM's favorite filmmakers) Melies started as magician
"One-Man Band" 1900
start of nonlinear editing
the editor becomes the storyteller
the 20th cent. was "the era of the recording"
edison thought recording
"what happens when all of history becomes an archival game? that's what the Creative Commons is all about."
djing is a kind of filter, a search engine of sound
use music as information
playing with fragments of time
apply old forms to new
digital media, the culture of the copy...it's all software, turn the culture of scarcity on its head
the culture of dispersion
the idea of an "original work" becomes immaterial (that's a pun, folks)
social network sites (youtube, etc. ) based on the democratization of taste
rent parties reminiscent of the Factory happenings
stickers as infinite multiple, uneasy surface between public & private
see a blank side of a train, you want to tag it
the urban landscape is shaped & molded
the idea of the grid
once jazz and music that evolved in the Amer South hit the cities, it becomes more fragmented
Jamaican tradition, the "sound system" as replacement for the band
at the same time as hip-hop was heading to minimalism by repetition, also in NYC P Glass, Steve Reich & others were bringing minimalism from modern sculpture
as above, so below
General George Owen Squire, headed the US Army WWI telegraph system, founded the Muzak Corporation
the idea of the downloadable file
Robert Rauschenberg (one of his favorite sculptors)
PhD dissertation, core diagram on screen,
Social network of collaboration between the top 55 rappers
Birth of a Nation project
John Cage, "Invisible Landscape"
"birth of a nation" at the Acropolis in Greece
influenced so much of the way people saw films
soundtrack was Wagner, Coppola wanted to evoke the
joe wecker sang how to decode a dvd
Saturday is a "megamix" of one of his favorite films
DJ Dangermouse, the Grey Album
L Williams, TJ Anderson
this is where the world is going
sampling in the 90s revealed what PM calls panhumanism - a kid in Finland can hear music from far away,
creoleization (linguist perspective)
first time in human history where so many cultures have been in collision
transition point in American culture were the Beats (Ginsberg, et al.)
for me the beats means hip-hop
why did repetition become the later 20th century's vocabulary?
minimalism allows people to look at storytelling as a recording process,
easier to "put your own voice" into the mix
Garrett A. Morgan invented the streetlight 1923
prior, the streets were unregulated
the streetlight regulates movement
didn't exist prior to the streetlight
(Note: Makes Morgan one of the greatest urbanomancers of all time)
folk music is usually an open source kind of system
the idea of the fine artist, one person determining an artistic movement (analogous to the rock star concept), developed in Europe
"America is a culture of amnesia"
"memory is a scarce resource"
(Gibson "the future is already here, it's just unevenly distributed")
Lessig shows remixes and describes this as the required kind of literacy for the next century
PM: essentially like oral culture
visual literacy, attention deficit disorder on a huge scale
the word literacy implies text
I like the first Matrix, (even if I have to go to Zion, I have weird peoblems with that)
most people don't know how things work, barely know how their toilet works, the electrical grid,
this is a culture of belief
q: democratization of information, lots of this takes place in the virtual world
what about getting that out into the real world
a: the digital divide
(tells story about being in Angola, and text msging parties)
Seoul Korea having cellphone film festivals
there's always an arms race in the public space
whose voice gets heard?
the underground conditions global culture, I'm not quite sure how
the under is unregulated, and things bubble up
(Note: back to Gibson, the street finds its own uses for things)
technology mirrors desires
corporate culture has colonized so many things
q: is there danger in minimalism & repetition of losing the message,
(Note: generation loss)
and in using technology at all/most people just want to make money & cash in
(very rambling question, not really sure what the question was)
"I like to think of my work as saying another world is possible. Not quite sure what that world is like."
Sat: Classic Memphis soul music
One of the CDs (the one I ended up with):
I keep wanting to shout "SPAAARRRRTAAAAA!" when I look at that sticker.
Current Music: umm, the cd in the picture....
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