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ivor shrigley & david cutler


David Shrigley – currently on expo in BelgiuM – has drawn clips for his fellow Scotsman Ivor Cutler, who’s influenced him immensely. The two tracks (the videos are once again off the air) are from the Oblique Musical Philosopher‘s lpLudoas produced by Sir Martin – and check here too.)

creation in reverse: the venue makes the music

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Dixit David: “I was honoured to do a TED talk this year – back in February. It’s about 16 minutes long and now, today. […] My talk (it wasn’t a musical performance) was based on the idea that the acoustic properties of the clubs, theaters and concert halls where our music might get performed determines to a large extent the kind of music we write. We semi unconsciously create music that will be appropriate to the places in which it will most likely be heard. Put that way it sounds obvious…but most people are surprised that creativity might be steered and molded by such mundane forces. I go further – it seems humans aren’t the only ones who do this, who adapt our music to sonic circumstances – birds do it too. I play lots of sound snippets as examples, with images of the venues accompanying them…” Image source: Adrian Belew … eh I mean http://www.amazing-architecture.com/132/ugly-skyscrapers-and-high-buildings-part-1/ !

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_byrne_how_architecture_helped_music_evolve.html

grizzly head and the talking bears

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Grizzly Bear sound like a (mediocre) cross between Dez Mona and Fleet Foxes, but apparently there’s a funk pop influence as well. When I first heard Cheerleader(Warp 2009, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Choir-  choral arrangements by Nico Muhly) being played in a shop, its intro immediately struck a chord … as it borrows from Warning sign(Byrne / Frantz) by Talking Heads (Sire 1978, prod. Eno). See also http://stereogum.com/71811/grizzly_bear_bring_ready_able_cheerleader_to_the_i/video/ btw … Next up: Sonic Youth and the Stranglers

busta belew & band

… also featuring divine Dolette, magic Bernie and a certain Mr. Hassell … Saw them two years later and they were still smokin’, but somehow I wish I’d been there, in Rome, on that incredible evening (1980-12-??) … Luckily, it’s been registered!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Belew

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Name_of_This_Band_is_Talking_Heads

http://www.talking-heads.nl/index.php/discography/82-name-of-this-band

http://www.blamejimi.com/2010/01/talking-heads-remain-in-light-tour-1980.html

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/07/21/talking-heads-live-i.html

http://leokonra.web-log.nl/arnoweblog/2007/03/talking_heads_l.html

http://leokonra.web-log.nl/arnoweblog/2007/03/talking_heads_l_1.html

http://leokonra.web-log.nl/arnoweblog/2007/03/talking_heads_l_2.html

http://leokonra.web-log.nl/arnoweblog/2007/03/talking_heads_l_3.html

http://leokonra.web-log.nl/arnoweblog/2007/03/talking_heads_l_4.html

http://leokonra.web-log.nl/arnoweblog/2007/03/talking_heads_l_5.html
http://www.bloomsbury.com/Books/details.aspx?isbn=9780747558361

tonto & the loan arrangers

Received opinion has it that “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” (Brian Eno – David Byrne, 1981) was the first album to mix electronica and samples from ethnic music (and tv preachers, etc.), and that only “Persian love” (1979) by Holger Czukay – http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/1717/ – predated its unique vision. Indeed, “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” was groundbreaking, pioneering, (multiple) era defining. It’s a landmark album in popular culture. See also:

http://www.bush-of-ghosts.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Life_in_the_Bush_of_Ghosts_(album)

http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/HB-39318/on-some-faraway-beach.htm

 

Well, “Riversong” by Robert Margouleff & Malcolm Cecil, off their lp “Tonto’s Expanding Head Band” (1971, aka “Zero Time” by Tonto’s Expanding Head Band) is another track which predated Byrne & Eno’s vision. Obviously, one can always find an earlier track that bears resemblance or pioneers one detail or other. Nitpicking is not the name of the game here. But what you can hear here clearly sets the scene … even if the vocals aren’t sampled.

 

 

More on Cecil, Margouleff and Tonto here; do check their work with Stevie Wonder!

http://www.tontosexpandingheadband.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonto’s_Expanding_Head_Band

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2009/06/26/tonto-stevie-wonder/

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2007/02/28/tonto-the-original-new-timbral-o…

http://orpheusrecords.blogspot.com/2007/11/tontos-expanding-head-band-synthes…

http://overdoseoffingalcocoa.blogspot.com/2007/03/tontos-expanding-head-band….

http://www.serge-fans.com/tonto.html