Rick James: You and I

Introduction by Wolfman Jack. The Midnight Special 1978.

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Moritz Simon Geist – MR808

“I (Moritz Simon Geist) have been playing electronic music for several years now, and at some place I was bored of the electronic music production process. With binary logic, everything is possible. So I decided to go back to the roots of sound generation – the physical sound generation – but combine it with the electronic music structure we like so much. I liked the idea so much, that I couldn’t stop building my own drum robots, and ended up replacing all the electronic sounds of a whole drum computer, placed in a 3,3 x 1,7m² case. I am very proud to present the “MR-808” – a mechanic replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine TR-808!”

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Jim Croce – Operator

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Cotton Eye Joe – The Country Sisters

The violinist gave me a castration complex, her nut cracker legs were a seduction to sex and death.  This act will not be pigeonholed.  It is a deep critique of the search for stardom as a form of artistic recognition, inadvertantly, by revealing a lovely crassness that would spice up any evening.  It contains a clandestine heroic significance.  If they could learn mockery, they would be a strangely vanguardist musical force, but here I am giving away secrets, lol.  Of course the esoteric question is…whose side am I on?  You guessed, Beauty’s, right?  The presumption of fascism is premature.  Well manicured at the free Vietnamese nail salon, yes.  Their poetry rests in their desire to conquer by the rules. Again, beautiful.  Yet the rules stifle.  (takes another bong hit)  There is a lurking compromise with Texas line dancing.  Perhaps they are Texans.  Perhaps I’ll look at their Wikipedia page.  Judging by the hat demographic, I’d say West of Delphi.  And no Scots kilt jockey will feel out in the cultural cold wondering his relevance as part of something “bigger”.  Well, size does matter, aks any ho and most particularly the poet ho.  No specifics involved, just a salient identifier laying about in the great hammock archetype.  There is obviously the wizardry of a “success consultant” at work here.  Marvelous, simply marvelous.  And the occasional flying hair homage to heavy metal, snicker, they’ve got good management, sigh.  I guess Prussian Blue had good management.  I hear they grew up and got smarter.  Let’s all get smarter, lol!

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Corvus Corax – Saltarello

Wikipedia: “Corvus Corax is a German band known for playing Neo-Medieval music using an abundance of authentic instruments. Their name is the Latin name for the Common Raven. Because medieval music theory was dominated by ecclesiastics, it is often difficult to determine from the existing manuscripts just how the secular medieval music sounded. Corvus Corax draws on a number of sources to try to make their music as authentic as possible: they have used documents that “condemn profane music” as an indicator of what the music might have sounded like, and drawn on nineteenth century scholarly treatises for information. In many cases these treatises are unreliable, as they impart more nineteenth century interpretations of medieval music than factual information on what the music was like. But the profane music of the day was often accompanied by a droning bass tone similar to that generated by the bourdon stop on an organ, which is provided in Corvus Corax’s case by the drones on their bagpipes. An inkling as to the harmonies used is found in a song by Walter von der Vogelweide, in which he calls for the song to be played “the old way”, meaning harmonising with thirds. At the time, the third was considered an awkward, ugly interval by the sacred musician — like the tritone, or diabolus in musica — but it was a common interval in folk music.”

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