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SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED highlighted episodes for September

Two interview episodes stand out this month, with two very different kinds of sound collage artist. Christian Marclay and The Freelance Hellraiser will long be remembered as pioneers in their respective fields - Marclay for his innovative work as a turntablist, and The Freelance Hellraiser for helping to kick off the UK mashup scene, at the turn of the century. Check out Episodes 85 and 147 for my conversations with each of these artists.

Episode 85 was recorded in the weeks leading up to Christian Marclay's 2004 performance at The Triple Rock Social Club. He was an artist in residence at the time, at the Walker Art Center, and the venue was one of their default locations that year. I'd just seen his fantastic video installation "Shake Rattle Roll (fluxmix)", which was commissioned by the Walker, and we talked a bit about his extraordinary opportunity to work with art objects by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono. Check out Episode 85 HERE.

Episode 147 was our first interview with one of the founding members of the UK mashup scene. The Freelance Hellraiser put out a bastard pop track titled A Stroke of Genius in 2001. The song got a lot of attention and inspired countless artists (Go Home Production's Mark Vidler among them) to take a stab at this innovative mixing technique. The track eventually inspired a cease and desist order, but also an invitation from Paul McCartney to do a series of mashup tracks of some of his lesser known material. These were eventually released under the name Twin Freaks. Tune in to Episode 147 to learn much more about The Freelance Hellraiser...

There are two new episodes coming up in October, so stay tuned, and be sure to check out the SAR Blog, at its new location: You'll find Q&A's with over 150 of the artists we play weekly on Some Assembly Required, along with hundreds of archived episodes of the show. You'll find this month's featured episodes there as well.

Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson

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About the show: hosted by Minnesota artist Jon Nelson, Some Assembly Required features sample-based music and audio art by a variety of artists and groups working with bits and pieces of their media environments, giving something back to the cultural landscape from which they so enthusiastically appropriate.

Since its inception in 1999, Nelson has produced over 150 artist features, and interviewed everyone from John Oswald, Steinski and The Evolution Control Committee, to Christian Marclay, Negativland and DJ Spooky, providing a variety of unique perspectives on the nature of this daring and creative style of expression. Visit Some Assembly Required online for more information, including a complete list of downloadable interviews, artist features and the weekly podcast. You can also listen to an extensive archive of back episodes here, on


Collection Classification

Digital Art, Mixed Media, Music, Performance, Unclassified