Do you fancy listening to e.e. cummings declaim against a backdrop of beats mixed down alongside Gertrude Stein set to DJ Wally? Are you waiting to hear Gilles Deleuze ruminating over Brion Gysins violin laid over Nicholas James Bullens doomy bass-scapes or Kurt Schwitters mingled with Bill Laswell and Scanner? Then grab your hat and wait no longer because DJ Spookys been given the keys to the Sub Rosa vaults and here he is with Rhythm Science, Excerpts and Allegories From The Sub Rosa Audio Archive.
Do you experience a shiver of pleasure at the prospect of negotiating such peaks and troughs of high and low culture? Are you recoiling in horror at the sacrilege of such a conceit? Is the result respectful or insulting, ridiculous or sublime? Well, maybe it s a mix of all those, and a manifesto worth assimilating. This musical and sonic mix raises a lot of questions, and for once that s no oxymoron.
Rhythm Science weaves cultural and temporal streams together to create a vivid, shifting tapestry of flow. In so doing he stakes a powerful claim to the democratising powers of the mix. For Spooky the mix form is ...a temporary autonomous zone where any sound can be you. The mix is all encompassing...
Over the course of thirty three tracks and seventy eight minutes he undertakes an exposition of ebb and flow that surrounds the listener with an ever-circling, ever-mutating procession of character, shapes and rhythms. The range of voices alone make for fascinating listening: Gertrude Stein s If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait Of Picasso is a live looping, self-sampling wonder, Apollinaire is almost lost in static and William Burroughs is his irrascible, sage, ever-recognisable self. Some of the cultivated accents heard through the crackle of time convey notes of pathos, others weariness, vitality and so on. Such wonderful voices speak through the medium (sic) of electricity and the DJ.
An oft-levelled criticism aimed at Spooky s output is that his rhetoric has too often outweighed the substance of his musical output.It s an argument that is disappointingly difficult to refute. However with Optometry and now Rhythm Science his work has grown to become challenging and engaging. Coincidence or not, the copious liner notes on this release are remarkably readable, witness: Stories have always fascinated us, and I guess that s why we use music to communicate so many of the things that we can t seem to get out in other ways...
Rhythm Science begins and ends with Sussan Deyhim, underlining the circularity of the project. Consider placing this mix alongside Coldcut s seminal Journeys By DJ on yourshelf.
Reviewer: Colin Buttimer
.Accessed 7.11.06 from http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/jx8c/ Yoshio Machida Afterimage mixed w/ Sussan Deyhim The First Reading / Tibetan
Evening Music / Nuuk Posse Poesi mixed w/ Antonin Artaud alienation et magie noire
/ Dj Grazhoppa Milky Remix of Bill Laswell / Directions Encode mixed w/ e.e. cummings
Let s From Some Loud Unworld s Most Rightful Wrong / Dj Wally Zeta Reticulli mixed
w/ Gertrude Stein If I told him, a completed portrait of picasso / Charles Hayward
Accidents and Emrgencies (instrumental) / Bill Laswell Oscillations (Vedic s live pop
remix) / Vedic Kali Rising mixed w/ Tristan Tzara pour compte (phases, 1949) /
Oval April Remix mixed w/ James Joyce anna livia plurabelle (finnegans wake)
(needs to be louder....) / Oval vs Yoshiro Hanno April Remix and Oval vs Main SDII Audio
Template / David Shea Satiricon mixed w/ Marcel Duchamp some texts from a l infinitif
/ Scola Hungarica Sanctus" / Jean Luc Fafchamps "Chrysanthemum haradjanii" mixed
w/ Meira Asher and Guy Harries "Girl" / Darba Del Hameni "Jilala de Tangier" / Jean Luc
Fafchamps "Ground" / Seefeel "Is It Now?" / Dj Wally "Bitchley s Kow Korn" mixed w/
"In Principio - extract from Easter Nocturnal Liturgy" / Scanner "Fuse" / William
S. Burroughs and Martin Olson "The Five Steps" / Kim Cascone/Scanner "Atavistic
Endeavor" / Scanner "Control Phantom" / Merzbow "Lux Automobile/Krokodil Rock Mix"
/ Yoshio Machida "Afterimage" mixed w/ Vladimir Maiakovski "Aventure Extraordinaire
Arrivée a Vladimir Maiakovski, en été a la Datc" / Claude Debussy "d un cahier
d'esquisses" / David Shea +Tobias Hazan "memoires d'un surfeur au bord du désert"
/ Disjecta "Bad Day for Wasps" / Matik "Indigo" / Giancinto Scelsi "Suite number 11"
/ Bill Laswell with Trilok Gurtu "Nothing" / Luciano Berio""Brin" mixed w/ Laswell's
"Dislocation" / Brion Gysin "One Night @ the 1001" / Tibetan Evening music /
Jon Hassel "Map of Dusk" / C.M. von Hausswolff "With the Flow Against The Current" /
Jellaba Titara "Gnaoua De Abenb Binizi" mixed w/ Guillaume Apollinaire "Pont Mirabeau"
/ Nicholas James Bullen "Again and Again""mixed w/ violin from Brion Gysin recording
"at 1001" / Gilles Deleuze "Mille Plateaux" / Nûs "lament" drum break mixed w/ Morton
Feldman "Triadic Memories" / Nûs "lament" drum break mixed w/ David Toop "Tricyrtis
Latifalia" / Mouse on Mars "Subnubus " / Lee Reynaldo's remix of ""Konstantin Raudive" / Patti Smith
"Morning High" / Sussan Deyhim "The Last Reading"