solipsistic NATION No. 209: Artificial Lifeform
solipsistic NATION studios are located in beautiful San Diego but today I wish I was in Seattle so I could be at this years Decibel Festival. The Decibel Festival has been taking place in Seattle since 2003 and this year’s festival features legends like Carl Craig and newcomers like Mux Mool. But if I can’t go to the Decibel Festival I’ll bring the festival to me and have Decibel’s founder Sean Horton as a guest on today’s show to give us a tour of this year’s festival.
On today’s show I’ll also keep my experimental electronic music street cred by also having Tristan Perich join us on today’s show. Six years ago Tristan released 1-Bit Music, which was an electronic circuit assembled inside a CD case with a headphone jack. The device played 40 minutes of low-fi 1-bit electronic music, the lowest possible digital presentation of audio. Tristan recently released 1-Bit Symphony, and like 1-Bit Music it is also housed in a CD jewel case. 1-Bit Symphony is not a recording in the traditional sense; it literally performs its music when turned on.
We’ll also talk with Karina van Heck. Karina is an artist form the Netherlands. Her current piece, which are wearable body speakers, is a commentary and criticism on the use of invasive technologies, such as X-rays and small cameras used by the medical industry to probe the human body.
Nick Pittsinger, who records an performs under the name Shamantis, recently gained notoriety (or popularity depending on how see things) by slowing down Justin Bieber‘s “U Smile” 800%. Slowing down a track that dramatically can reveal hidden dimensions in music. And if you’ve already heard the original song it’s impossible not to search for familiar elements in the track. There’s no way to hear the glacial “U Smile” as a song in it’s own right without thinking of the original.
We’ll also talk with Leif Inge, who is probably the originator or time-stretched music with 9 Beet Stretch which is Beethoven’s 9th symphony slowed down to a 24 hour listening experience. I first heard 9 Beet Stretch a few years ago on the wonderful Radiolab program. 9 Beet Stretch had a profound effect on me on how music could be listened to and the fluid nature of time so it’s a pleasure to have Leif on today’s show.
Photo Credit: ©Maurizio Pigliacampi
- Tycho “Adrift (Shigeto’s Adrift A Dream Mix)”
- Phutureprimitive “Submerge”
- Interview with Sean Horton, founder of the Decibel Festival
- Tristan Perich “1-Bit Symphony: Movement 1″
- Tristan Perich “1-Bit Symphony: Movement 2″
- Interview with Tristan Perich
- Flying Lotus “Clay”
- Carl Craig “Sandstorms”
- Interview with Karina van Heck
- Justin Bieber “U Smile (Shamantis Ambient Mix)” [FREE DOWNNLOAD]
- Interview with Shamantis
- 9 Beet Stretch
- Interview with Leif Inge
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