The Matrix Assimilation
Merry Musical Gaiety
in 9 Tracks - One Round of Pleasure.
1. Inverted Forest
2. A Better Mousetrap
3. Chance Dance [Stilted Burlesque]
4. Olio Act #1
5. Lecturing The Skull
6. Painted On The Drop [78RPM]
7. Silo Circuit
8. Henry's Song [Smashing Victrola]
9. Hot Cakes and Sausage
Notes on Tonights
Tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 include samples of actual 78RPM
records and wax cylinders. Because of the age and
technology of these recordings, some clicks, glitches and
feedback may occur, and are a part of the design of the
tracks themselves. Because of this, time itself becomes an
effects processor: The Banjo at the end of "Silo Circuit"
is untouched by computer effects and yet sounds as foreign
as a Nord Lead Tone Generator. Using the newest form of data
storage, mp3, and the oldest, the 78RPM/Tinfoil record and
the wax cylinder, we create a bridge between two centuries
not only of music, but of technology, and its effects on the
act of creating music. For recording onto wax cylinders,
musicians had to play as loud as possible or risk not being
heard; now, a musician needs hardly know how to play an
instrument [with arpeggiators, samplers, etc] and can be heard
by the entire world with the click of a mousepad. However, even
if these tracks appear absolutely modern, it is likely that
in 2100, the music will appear as cliche and bizarre, as dated
and archaic as the vaudeville recordings used to create them.
It is an appropriate bridge between 1900 and 2000- the start of
two centuries; but also the rollover bug for Y2K, when computers
weren't able to tell the difference between 2000 and 1900.
Tracks 4, 5, 6 and 7 are titled with actual Vaudevillian terms:
An Olio Act is a short break between performers; Lecturing the
Skull was slang for joking to a "straight man," Painted on the
Drop refers to a performer who had no lines. Silo Circuits were
small towns. This bit you're reading now would be referred to as
"Doing an Eddie Leonard."
It is my desire that you enjoy tonights performance as much as
the artist has enjoyed creating these selections for you.