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The featured profile this week at the SAR BLOG is DJ
Rob Swift. Tune in to this week’s episode of Some
Assembly Required (#161) to hear a track off of his
debut solo release “The Ablist,” along with 15
additional sound collages by DJ Broken Window, Wayne
Butane, Coil, Diplo, Dum Dum TV, DJ Earlybird, Ground
Zero, DJ Jay-R, Lecture On Nothing, Martinn,
Messerchups, Negativland, The Tape-beatles, Hal Wilner
The standouts this week include a wonderful track by Wobbly, called Only Musical (it’s the title track off of his 2002 album). This collage was originally featured on Illegal Art’s Extracted Celluloid compilation in 1998, on which all the artists were creating sound collage based entirely upon sounds they found in film. Wobbly built “Only Musical” largely from sung vocal fragments found in the 1964 Jacques Demy film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. This is definitely one of my favorite albums by Wobbly.
Another standout this week is a segment from a very long track by an artist calling himself Wayne Butane. I’ve been trying to do a feature on Wayne Butane for awhile now, but he is more than content in his relative anonymity. We’ve been in touch for a couple of years, but he refuses to answer any questions on the record. His sound collages are based almost entirely on fragments of dialogue recycled from children’s records, television, Hollywood movies and other major media outlets. The material is often comic in tone, and the overall effect is quite surreal.
In other news - The Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts is bringing creators and performers of new media arts to the Twin Cities this week. Spark celebrates the use of new technologies for artistic expression, including music, video, theater, dance, physical artworks and more. Centered in the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Arts Quarter, this year’s lineup features works by dozens of artists from all over the world, along with keynote guest, composer Morton Subotnick, and featured performance ensembles TrioMetrik and Zeitgeist. You can check out more information at www.sparkfestival.org.
Don’t forget to check out the SAR Q&A with DJ Rob Swift at the SAR Blog, and download this week’s episode HERE…
Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson is an artist, curator and producer, focused almost exclusively on collage, with forays into radio, visual art, theater, writing and installation. His nationally syndicated radio program (Some Assembly Required) is a weekly radio art show, featuring the talents of audio artists who appropriate sounds from their media environments. Some Assembly Required is online, at: www.some-assembly-required.net