Dialogue-Music (was Re: [thewire] Re: Welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org)
>>From: "Mark Coyle"Scanner
>>I've just joined the group after reading The Wire for many a year.
>>I'm interested at the moment in dialogue interwoven with music from
>>to Negativland. Anyone got any particular recommendations?Hmmm. My first post to the list. I never got around to the roll-call
thread; if I did, I might have listed more than a few female artists to,
uh, "correct the balance."
Anyway, one recommendation for you in the "found sound" category of
Negativeland, Scanner, et. al., is Steve Fisk. He is probably best known
for his production work with Northwest US bands (Screaming Trees,
Nirvana, Beat Happening, et.al.), and as a member of the underrated
instrumental combo Pell Mell.
-However-, his solo recordings are far, far different. Back in the early
80's, he began working with sound collages and tape loops to make
particular sound recordings. His work, in fact, paralleled
Negativeland's, who were starting out doing the same thing he was at
about the same time. He has two compilations. One is -448 Deathless
Days- on SST; I'm not familiar with it. The one I do have is a CD
compilation of cassette only releases, -Over and Thru the Night: A
10-Year Retrospective- on K records. It has a series of tape-loop/found
sound/beats/samples et.al. recordings, with quite a few of those samples
uncleared (one recording is a Beatles re-mix--undoubtedly illegal). Fisk
has also worked with Negativeland in the past; I think his name is
listed somewhere in the credits for -Dispepsi- There is also a live CD
compilation on K from the 1991 Olympia, Washington IPU festival that
features a quite lenghty "found sound" live performance from Fisk and
Mark Hosler of Negativeland.
A couple of other recommendations: the Evolution Control Commitee (maybe
best known for the recording of a Chuck D vocal track via Public Enemy
mixed with a Herb Alpert instrumental--hilarious when you hear it); the
Tape Beatles (who I think have changed their name in recent years); and
John Oswald's infamous Plunderphonics recordings.
Undoubtedly only the tip of the iceberg on the genre, of course.
Recommended viewing: the documentary -Sonic Outlaws-. Excellent film
that mostly covers Negativeland and their battles with U2, Casey Kasem,
and SST Records, but a few other "found sound" artists are also covered.