DJ Spooky (Is More, Um…HOT Than Spooky)

Okay, first, just look how cute he is!

DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky


Okay, back to the matter at hand:

DJ Spooky is coming to City Lights to read and explore his new work:

Sound Unbound:

Sampling Digital Music and Culture
Edited by Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid

Foreword by Cory Doctorow
Introduction by Steve Reich
published by MIT Press

Here’s what’s the word:

The groundbreaking mix CD that accompanies this book features Nam Jun Paik, the Dada Movement, John Cage, Sonic Youth, and many other examples of avant-garde music. Most of the CD’s content comes from the archives of Sub Rosa, a legendary record label that has been the benchmark for archival sounds since the beginnings of electronic music.

If Rhythm Science was about the flow of things, Sound Unbound is about the remix–how music, art, and literature have blurred the lines between what an artist can do and what a composer can create.

In Sound Unbound, Rhythm Science author Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid asks artists to describe their work and compositional strategies in their own words. These are reports from the front lines on the role of sound and digital media in an information-based society.

The topics are as diverse as the contributors: composer Steve Reich offers a memoir of his life with technology, from tape loops to video opera; Miller himself considers sampling and civilization; novelist Jonathan Lethem writes about appropriation and plagiarism; science fiction writer Bruce Sterling looks at dead media; Ron Eglash examines racial signifiers in electrical engineering; media activist Naeem Mohaiemen explores the influence of Islam on hip hop; rapper Chuck D contributes “Three Pieces”; musician Brian Eno explores the sound and history of bells; Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno interview composer-conductor Pierre Boulez; and much more. “Press ‘play,'” Miller writes, “and this anthology says ‘here goes.'”

Sounds pretty rad, eh? I thought so too. Let’s go to this.

Thursday, October 30

7pm at City Lights

Oh, P.S., here’s what the utterly awesome David Byrne had to say about the book:

“It’s a lovely eclectic collection that is a nice antidote to the usual way music and the history of music is often categorized into high/low, pop/classical, or black/white. I like Sterling’s analogy between our beloved high-tech media and inscrutable indecipherable archaic media like Incan quipus. From Raymond Scott to the hidden racism in digital circuitry to a history of easy listening, there is enough inspiring weirdness here to fuel some musical fires for a good while.”
–David Byrne

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