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Three Junctures of Remix Catalog Available

The catalog for the exhibition Three Junctures of Remix, which took place from January 17 to March 15, 2013  is now available for download as a PDF. I would like to thank the entire gallery staff and committee members for making the exhibition possible, especially Trish Stone, Jordan Crandall, Hector Bracho, Doug Ramsey, and Scott Blair. I especially thank the artists Arcangel Constantini, Mark Amerika  & Chad Mossholder, Giselle Beiguelman, and Elisa Kreisinger,  who participated in the exhibition, and were generous in providing interviews now published in the catalog.

–Eduardo Navas

John Cage 3 Compositions for Piano @ 5 (Remix)

John Cage 3 Compositions for Piano @ 5 (Remix) is a mashup of three compositions that last around 5 minutes. After listening to the compositions over the years, I realized that a mashup of the three recordings would follow the principles of chance as promoted by Cage.  The compositions mashed include:

1) Music for Piano 2: 5:21
2) Roots of Unfocus: 5:01
3) Music for Marcel Duchamp: 5:20

This mashup is part of an ongoing series of remixes of John Cage piano compositions.

The recordings were performed by Steffen Schleiermacher, and released in John Cage Complete Piano Music Volume1 & 2, 1998.

John Cage 3 Compositions for Piano @ 4 (Remix)

John Cage 3 Compositions for Piano @ 4 (Remix) is a mashup of three compositions that last around 4 minutes. After listening to the compositions over the years, I realized that a mashup of the three recordings would follow the principles of chance as promoted by Cage.  The compositions mashed include:

1) Primitive: 4:03
2) Music for Piano 1: 3:47
3) Music for Piano 37-52 , Part 1: 4:01

This mashup is part of an ongoing series of remixes of John Cage piano compositions.

The recordings were performed by Steffen Schleiermacher, and released in John Cage Complete Piano Music Volume1 & 2, 1998.

John Cage 2 Compositions for Piano @ 3 (Remix)

John Cage 2 Compositions for Piano @ 3 (Remix) is a mashup of two compositions that last just over three minutes. After listening to the compositions over the years, I realized that a mashup of the two recordings would follow the principles of chance as promoted by Cage.  The compositions mashed include:

1) And the Earth Shall Bear Again: 3:15
2) Spontaneous Earth: 3:05

This mashup is part of an ongoing series of remixes of John Cage piano compositions.

The recordings were performed by Steffen Schleiermacher, and released in John Cage Complete Piano Music Volume1 & 2, 1998.

John Cage 7 Compositions for Piano @ 2 (Remix)

John Cage 7 Compositions for Piano @ 2 (Remix) is a mashup of compositions that last just over two minutes  thirty seconds. After listening to the compositions over the years, I realized that a mashup of the seven recordings would follow the principles of chance as promoted by Cage.  The compositions mashed include:

Music for Piano 20: 2:33
Music for Piano 85: 2:16
Totem Ancestor: 2:20
A Room: 2:26
Tossed as it is Untroubled: 2:31
Tripple Paced: 2:25
The Unavailable Memory of: 2:22

This mashup is part of an ongoing series of remixes of John Cage piano compositions.

The recordings were performed by Steffen Schleiermacher, and released in John Cage Complete Piano Music Volume1 & 2, 1998.

Sound Improvisation at El Chopo Museum, September 7, 2013

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I recently participated at the El Chopo Museum‘s (Mexico City) series of events titled Bastard Pop. Above is the video archive of my performance which took place on September 7, 2013. The improvisation consists of three major sections. The first is an instrumental remix of Eric B and Rakim’s “Paid in Full” with James Brown’s “Payback.” This one is followed by a remix of John Cage’s  “Music for 5 Pianos,” “Music for 4 Pianos,” “Music for 3 Pianos,” and “Music for 2 Pianos” which together form a sound piece I call  “John Cage Music for 14 Pianos (Remix).” During the performance I doubled the remix and at one point people heard 28 pianos with different sound effects I set up specifically for the recordings. The last part consists of a remix of Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” with MJ Cole’s “Introduction,” a piece part of  his seminal 2step album “Sincere.” The end consists of bass-lines and synth-sounds that I developed with Audiomulch, the software I used for the performance. Throughout the performance I also manipulated the introduction to Laurie Anderson’s “Superman,” which is the last sample heard at the end of the improvisation.

The sound in the space was simply amazing. It is too bad that the videostream went into the red, with the result of sound distortion. At least people online will have an idea about the development of the sound piece. I plan to post a better recording of the improvisation at a later point.

John Cage Music for 14 Pianos (Remix)

John Cage Music for 14 Pianos (Remix) is a mashup of Cage’s “Music for 5 Pianos,” “Music for 4 Pianos,” “Music for 3 Pianos,” and “Music for 2 Pianos.” All four pieces are 7 minutes plus a few seconds long. After listening to the compositions over the years, I realized that a mashup of the four recordings would follow the principles of chance as promoted by Cage. As a result this piece is part of a series of Cage remixes I will be releasing in the near future.

I will be remixing “Music for 14 Pianos” live at the upcoming event on September 7, 2013 at the El Chopo Museum, UNAM in Mexico City, at which point it will become part of much longer performance.

The recordings were performed by Steffen Schleiermacher, and released in John Cage Complete Piano Music Volume1 & 2, 1998.

Navasse Improvisation Circa 2000-01

An improvisation on two CDDJ players and two Technics 1200s recorded at some point in 2000 or 2001. It consists of a remix of various artists including The Art of Noise, Steve Reich, Roni Size, Kraftwerk, Miles Davis, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Underworld along with some bleeps and glitches.

This was a session done in one sitting and it’s not as smooth as I would like; yet, there are enough good moments that I think it is worth sharing, especially given that I am unlikely to recreate it. I am unable to provide credit for some of the tracks due to the fact that I don’t have all the records I used with me at the moment. The list of the songs is below:

1) Intro: excerpts of Kraftwerk: Trans Europe Express (1990 reissue) 0:00
2) Herbaliser: A Mother (Kruder & Dorfmeister Remix, 1996) 1:30
3) Art of Noise: Dragnet (1987) 5:28
4) Kraftwerk: Expo 2000 (2000) 8:26
5) Roni Size and Reprazent: Trust Me (1997) 10:15
6 & 7: Drum n Bass tracks currently unable to check name.
8) Bleeps, 22:00
9) Miles Davis: Chocolate Chip (1992) 24:00
10) Underworld: Bruce Lee (1999) 27:35
11) Malcom McClaren: Hobo Scratch (1982) 30:30
12) Steve Reich: Pulses (1997) 33:20
13) Techno/trance house track, currently unable to check name,
14) Kraftwerk: Numbers (1981) 39:42
15) Art of Noise: Beatbox (1984) 42:37

Navasse Trip-Hop Revisit

I was able to set up a couple of decks recently, and decided to mix from time to time selected recordings from my own library  to share. The “Trip Hop Revisit” above consists of well known tracks.  The last “Beached,” however, is usually included in the genre of Acid Jazz. The list of all tracks is below. I hope you enjoy.

1) DJ Shadow: Lost and Found (S.F.L.), 1994
2) DJ Krush: Just Wanna Touch Her (Stoned Jazz Mix), 1994
3) Massive Attack: Blue Lines, 1991
4) Dread Flimstone: Roots, 1991
5) Tricky: Live W/Yo Self, 1996
6) Milk: Beached, 1994

Hip-Hop to Dubstep: International Music Styles and the Remix, Part 6 of 7

Above: “The Rise Of Dubstep | Documentary”, included in the resource selections below.

List of online resources and music selection for week 6 of Hip-Hop to Dubstep, taught during the summer of 2013 at The New School’s  Media Studies, Department of Communication. I will be releasing brief notes based on my class lectures in the near future. If interested in looking at the actual class webpage with all the weekly selections at once, feel free to peruse this link: http://navasse.net/NS/NCOM3039A/. My notes will not be available on the class webpage, only on each corresponding entry here on Remix Theory. Please note that links may become broken. If and when this happens, the best thing to do is to search for the source by name. And do let me know if anything is broken and I will look into it.

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Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Week 6
UK Garage/Dubstep
July 8 – 12, 2013

Music Selecion and Relevant Links:

UK Garage Documentary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toV3mVjpl2w

A History of Dubstep in 4 Minutes – BBC Radio 1’s Stories
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq8MSXitgJ0
A History of Dubstep – The BBC Radio 1 Chronicles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTHNgUUvcR0

The Rise of Dubstep Documentary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5xm50c45U4

Dubfiles – Dubstep Documentary (2008)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFTu33uW8gA

Dubstep vs Drum n Bass: Icicle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEKOTKnfEAs

Rise of the Bedroom Producer – A Dance Music Documentary 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzUQxp0vcNw

The Year In Music: Dubstep’s Identity Crisis:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2010/12/30/132447535/
the-year-in-music-dubsteps-identity-crisis

 

UK Garage:

24 Hours Experience – “Together” (1994)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjz6Nz9HGq0
Note that this is basically a house record. This a transitional song towards UK Garage as it came to eventually evolved in the well-known MJ Cole “Sincere” (see below).
24 Hour Experience – Together (Robbie Styles Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBSKDx8f0aE

Roy Davis Jr. – Gabrielle (1996)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=721chzu9gJE

Tina Moore – “Never Gonna Let You Go” (1997)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9VIBwOULKQ

Double 99 Ripgroove (1997)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHPp2JvRY-o

Antonio – “Hyperfunk” (1998)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQUkD1fTVPs
Antonio – Hyperfunk (Bootleg Brotherz bassic 2012 remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uWxI8lER7I

Sound of One – As I Am (Todd Edwards Mix, 1998)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0x1b2qy4Z0

MJ Cole – “Sincere” (2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy-djtiU5RE
MJ Cole – “Sincere” (Mig’s Petalpusher Vocal Remix, 2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjusbJwI-z8
Jill Scott – Gettin’ In The Way (MJ Cole Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGz0tEn3vkQ

De la Soul – All good (Mj Cole Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUoVH3csdEY

 

 

Dubstep Selection:

Moldy – “Code and Chips” (2008)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dspFR7-kW2A

Skream – “Exothermic Reaction” (2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KandVSZbZAM
Skream – Give You Everything (feat. Freckles, 2010)
(Crosses over to 2step)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au8yFdp9t1M&list=
PLA0E6C24FDF6193EA
YouTube Music Selection for Skream:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUk7AHQsCLk&list=
PLA0E6C24FDF6193EA

Headhunter – “Quanta” (2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGgsv7G4FKE
Headhunter – “Locus Lotus” (2009)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt1lY1ie-ks
YouTube Music Selection for Headhunter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNs3cf277N4&list=PL35A610435546A1F4

Skrillex, Bare Noize, Foreign Beggars – Scatta (2010)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw-YjVp_ibQ
Skrillex, Song Selection 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whTuOnHNNRM
Documentary, Skrillex in Mexico
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfhZUcrVhzs

Rusko – Woo Boost (2010)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtMlB-BEMso
Rusko – Hold On (feat. Amber Coffman, Sub Focus Remix, 2010)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI2b7qXUlnE

Hatcha – “Chillz” (2008)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH0cIXhQRXU
Hatcha – “Conga Therapy” (2003)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bN7Oh9hB8c

Benga – “I will Never Change” (2012)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWsPOhUCgHM
Skream & Benga Mix – Heavy Bass – Real Deep, Dark Dubstep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLUKpR1A7Lo

 

Notice that Massive Attack puts an emphasis on the third beat. This makes their compositions quite accessible for dubstep remixes:
Massive Attack – “Angel” (1998)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbe3CQamF8k
Massive Attack – “Angel” (Hereldeduke Re-Step) VIDLEG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knec8-cI818

Massive Attack – “Teardrop” (1998)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAVUPu7URbc
Massive Attack – “Teardrop” (Chemical Brothers Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv24uMoGUZA

Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (2010)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEgX64n3T7g
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (Zeds Dead Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL6Q0HJJBmE
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8srRWePbko

 

100 Dubstep Drops 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rGiKv1xkE0
100 Dubstep Drops 2013 Part #2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThRATvj3LK0

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