Tag Archives: Byrne David

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


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/ !


grizzly head and the talking bears


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!












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:





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!









david van tieghem, master percussionist / michael clark [1/2]

Just imitated this whole exercise at home, but ‘t didn’t sound quite the same – suppose it’s the Chelsea Hotel‘s acoustics ;-) … The artist at work is “of course” the criminally underrated David Van Tieghem, one time member of the Love of Live Orchestra and session percussionist for NYC icons such as Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads & Eno – Byrne. Here’s another sample of his early art:

Just like David Byrne with The Catherine Wheel (1981-12), Van Tieghem recorded music for a dance piece by Twyla Tharp, viz. Fait Accompli; the resulting album These Things Happen(Warner Brothers 1984) is, imho, one of the best albums of the eighties – and a lost gem in dire need of a deluxe cd reissue reappraisal. [If only for the car stereo – the lp has been working wonders back to back with Weather Report‘s Sweetnighter(1973) on a worn car tape.] Singling out one track doesn’t do this album justice, as it’s a plus forty minute trip of percussive genius (and compelling sax action à la Tuxedomoon, impLOG and the like) over a soundscape of sirens, breaking glass (love that sound, even though it makes me think of people pissing on the stairs), tv & shortwave clips and other New York noises … but here goes:

… or, better still, check the video at Spike dot com video/david-van-tieghem/2791971 (I’m splitting the link to avoid showing a black screen without value), where the video and the music are better synchronised. (Notice theOnce in a lifetimeinfluence, too.) These Things Happen is a must for anyone into early (Ralph era) Yello,My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(1981-02), Bill Laswell, Martin Rev, Suicide and the whole No New York / Knitting Factory scene, but also to anyone into creative electronics and percussion … or remotely interested in modern dance – from Anna-Teresa “Rosas” De Keersmaeker or Chantal Akerman‘s Toute une nuitto the post-Godard video dances of Pas de Deux or Michael Clark‘s troupe dancing to Bruce Gilbert and the Fall … just check this other man in a suit here:

Bonus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqf1MLWNU0k

Later on, DVT would release more albums in an electronic / library / nearly new age vein, but never as intense. See the man’s age old website www.vantieghem.com for more.
Incidentally, re: Byrne & Talking Heads, see also this here post …  ;-)

#1: the back catalogue (aka ISSN 13773828)

[uzine] used to be a music e-zine between 1999 and 2006, run by a threesome and then some (from the mid to end nineties, it was a webzine called ultra – hence the u -, run by (kf) & (hs) a.o. ). The e-zine (now defunct, don’t dream of sending stuff for review) had about 3000 subscribers and even more dedicated readers. We did interviews and reviews and provided the playlists of our radio shows (expect those here later on as well) plus a lot of links, favelists, best of the year overviews, etc. … annexed is the the whole shebang in a 2,6 MB zip featuring txt files and a contents pdf …

Incidentally, everything here is “for demonstration & (internet) conversation purposes”. This here blog will not be making any media files downloadable; such are our settings on this here Posterous platform. If they are presented here, the purpose is to promote artists by providing tangible examples of their art & craft, and to have you, o dear readership, become equally enthusiastic about the art on display, perhaps even tempting you to purchase it legally. As the financial crisis of 2008 has shown, we’re living in a consumer society (and a services economy, and an attention economy, and a spectacle society), so everyone has to be aware of and do what it takes to keep the wheels going (without harming the planet). Also, it is our intent to always provide direct links to artist or label sites, and to the sources we got our information or data from … as well as other relevant and informative links, cf. this site’s subtitle. Conversely (vice versa, mutatis mutandis), we hope to be quoted whenever material of ours is used, including all stuff from the issues of [uzine] contained in this here zip containing our own writings. Do contact us if you have issues or questions …

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