DJ Pierre

I’ve been avoiding Boiler Room videos even though it started here, mostly because of the twazzocks dancing behind them, the beautiful, young, weak, witless, ‘look at me’ hipsters in neon and conspicuous labels who seem less interested in the amazing music than posing for the camera.

But they do have ace DJs, and I cracked when I saw DJ Pierre had done a set in Amsterdam for them…and it’s ace. Check it out above, a master lesson in DJing and using FX and EQ, not too much, not too little, doesn’t get in the way. I’ve bought two of the tunes dropped in this set already and really want to find out the one 30 mins in after the Tiga/Audio Let’s Go Dancing (Adam Beyer remix) – you know the dirty acid one that goes ‘drinking…dancing…holding…feeling’?

Then check out him rocking somebody’s kitchen in LA (the earlier venue got shut down by the police!). Funny thing is the initial confused looks in both sets when he drops wonderful curveballs like the Piano version of Acid Over, or the Al Green remix, or the Never Get Old diva vocals in the ADE set or properly drops it all then builds slowly (that rarely happens nowadays – silence is such a no-no)…Acid and house weren’t just a bunch of squelches or four to floor you know, it had soul, it had pianos, it had diva vocals, it was eclectic. Ron Hardy for instance would play anything if it got the floor going, regardless of genre…and DJs back then would cut it all out and build on a high-pitched synth or string section with no beats for ages and the crowd would go crazy anticipating the beat to kick in – something I think has been lost in this ADHD culture.

P.S. who invited one half of Raw Sex, Roland Rivron at 1:03 ;-) At least he is dancing like a loon, unlike the too-self concious others…

The Lloydbrary Sample Sessions 1 – Better Living Through Chemistry

Ian Fondue from the Lloydbrary Podcast has a really good idea for a show/mix series called the Sample Sessions, where as he says “Take a sample based album, then do a mix of the sampled tracks in album track order.”. The first one is a favourite album of mine, Fat Boy Slim’s ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ – which was a formative influence and got me into big beat, and sounds like it was the same for Ian too. First session includes tracks as diverse as Lulu, Yvonne Elliman, Idris Muhammad, Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti, Keith Mansfield, The Incredible Bongo Band and more.

It’s fascinating to hear a track and go ‘did they really sample THAT?’ and wonder what on earth it could be….then 30 seconds later a very familiar bar or loop appears!

A birdie tells me the next one is a rather (in)famous hip-hop album…must be fun trying to unlayer that one! And you might hear it over at Radio Clash Live at some point soon (after Lloydbrary 61 and SS 1 methinks) as part of Ian’s Lloydbrary slot, 4:45am and 8pm weekdays UK time, latest show is on Mondays (hopefully…I’m working on improving that code as I have to give the server a kick sometimes!). And of course I’m sure he’ll post it over at his Mixcloud soon.

Cybernetic Serendipity and the Eccentricity Electric

Fascinating clip from 1968 about the ICA’s 1968 Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition, which currently has a retrospective at the ICA, and the album, claimed to be the first electronic music compilation (not sure about that, I thought Music From Mathematics from 1962 had that title?) has been re-released, although it seems you can download it here.

I must’ve known about this exhibition as I had this book, not sure if I still have it somewhere, this copy looks very familiar! I don’t think it’s a book I would part with, I suspect it’s at my dads…

The exhibition seems an intriguing mix of computer art and late 1960’s Summer of Love and eccentricity. I’ve always loved early computer art, I was intrigued by the work of Lillian Schwartz, Leon Harmon and Ken Knowlton et al at art college, it really doesn’t get it’s due. And I’ve always loved Nam June Paik’s TV work – a big influence on my video installations and early glitching/VHS hacking attempts in the early 1990s, and of course great to see Peter Zinovieff in the clip creating auto-generated computer music. There’s even what I guess is a nod to 2001 with the use of Blue Danube, as the film was released that year.

One of the robots looked familiar – ROSA BOSOM, as I’d recently watched ‘Dave Allen – In Search of the Great English Eccentric’ thanks to Ian Fondue recommending it when it was last repeated – and wondered who the guy with the robots, pop music ‘career’ and fighter plan obsession was. Turns out to be Bruce Lacey, a name I know from various places, including the films of Richard Lester and The Alberts. I guess he was an inspiration for the later likes of Roger Spear and Tim Hunkin? I say was – according to Wikipedia he’s still going strong in 2014, which is great to hear :-D Video is well worth watching, since it also includes Ivor Cutler and other fascinating characters. I guess Viv Stanshall was busy that day ;-)

I never knew that ROSA BOSOM won the 1985 Alternate Miss World – beating Leigh Bowery and a pre-fame Grayson Perry!

Not many posts on Radio Clash manage to unite so many of my interests – early electronic music (and by association Radiophonic Workshop via White Noise), computer art, interactive/robotic art, silly/surreal/experimental music and the Goons (and by association the Bonzos) AND my art school past! B.I.N.G.O. do I get a prize-oh?

And here’s Bruce Lacey on Monitor filmed by Ken Russell in the early 60’s. BTW Trunk have a CD coming out of his music for his films, which sounds really interesting, he made his own instruments, as seen in the Eccentrics clip.

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