DJ Spooky has participated in two new book projects.
One is Green Patriot Posters. DJ Spooky's Manifesto for a People's Republic of Antarctica graphic design prints are included along with several of his friends like Shep Fairey and others. Make your own poster manifesto for a better world!!
greenpatriotposters.org Edited by Edward Morris and Dmitri Siegel
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DJ Spooky also has participated in renowned photographer Lyle Owerko's new book "The Boombox Project" on the history of boomboxes.
Copyright Criminals - a Documentary by Ben Frantzen and Kembrew Mcleod
I'm in this movie, and I think that they did an excellent job. They have many friends and peers of mine - Jeff Chang, Chuck D (who appeared on my album "Drums of Death"), Clyde Stubblefiend, the drummer for James Brown, and many others. I HIGHLY recommend this film for anyone who is interested in digital culture.!
Ghost World: A Story in Sound by DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid
Brian Eno once famously remarked that the problem with computers
is that there isn't enough Africa in them. I kind of think that
its the opposite: they're bringing the ideals of Africa: after
all, computers are about connectivity, shareware, a sense of global
discussion about topics and issues, the relentless density of
info overload, and above all the willingness to engage and discuss
it all - that's something you could find on any street corner
I just wanted to highlight the point: Digital Africa is here,
and has been here for a while. This isn't "retro" -
it's about the future.
For the Venice Biennial 2007 I decided to go through a lot of
my files of music from around the African Continent to accompany
my installation for the Africa Pavilion. I looked through my record
collection for non cliche kinds of stuff like the Baka People
who make drums out the way they play in water or the "Car
Horn Orchestra" of Ghana which has a gathering of many taxi
drivers who converge in downtown Accra to make a large symphony
of honks from their taxis at the end of the work day or for funerals
When I was a kid I went through different parts of Africa with
my mother: we went to Kenya, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Egypt,
and this was the first time I'd been to Angola. The mix reflects
alot of my interests in electronic music from the continent, and
the way they've shaped and moulded alot of material in the "New
The "Ghost World" mix is all about the multiple rhythms
and languages of Africa, but it makes no attempt to give you everything
- it's from my record collection. That's why the "story"
of the mix is about: polyrhythm, multiplex reality. There's even
more current material like the Kuduru sounds of Luanda (who says
Techno doesn't exist in Africa!?) and old school hip hop like
Zimbabwe Legit from the early 90's of classic "conscious"
school hip hop. Yes there's material from Akon, but he gets mixed
with Nelson Mandela, or MC Solaar, but I looked for material of
his that combined with jazz, so Ron Carter's brilliant bass playing
worked out with that. There's even material from my favorite South
African composer, Abdullah Ibrahim or vocal outtakes from David
Byrne and Brian Eno's "My Life in The Bush of Ghosts"
and various guest appearances by African dictator Idi Amin or
the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo talking about
democracy in Nigeria.
Pretty ironic, eh? From the Northern part of the continent groups
like the Lotfi Double Kanon or the Master Musicians of Jajouka
represent radically different approaches to history and contemporary
Arab culture's complex hybridity, as does the legendary voice
of Egypt, Oum Kalthoum. It'd be a pretty wild party to see them
all hanging out together!!!
Anyway, contemporary Africa is a place of paradox where some of
the world most resource rich countries are bound hand and foot
by corruption, human malice, and the basic sense that the continent
has been left out of the march of progress of many of the "rich"
nations of the world.
I made elements of this mix when I was in Luanda, Angola, getting
ready for the Venice Biennial, and the sound that was coming out
of all the clubs and soundsystems was "Kuduru" a kind
of relentlessly fast minimalist rhythm that combines hiphop and
techno. I like to think of this mix as a homage to Ben Okri's
novels and the classic works of Amos Tutuola. William Gibson said
back in the ancient early 90's: The future is already here, it's
unevenly distributed. I like to think that the mix is about the
future of Africa and its global diaspora as much as it is about
History is never silent, it reminds us again and again and again,
that we live its presence in every part of our life every day.
The mix is an art project that accompanies my installation at
the Venice Biennial Africa Pavilion.
Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid, NY/Luanda 2006-2007
Africa Remix: Ghost World
- A Story in Sound
Dj Spooky Presents a Project for the Dokolo Foundation at the
Venice Biennial 2007
"In Africa, When an
old man dies, it is like a library burning to the ground"
a quote attributed to Leopold Senghor
Por Por Akwaaba Welcome! Car Horn Orchestra of Ghana
Intro: Lafayette Afro Rock Band "Darkest Light" mixed
w/Max Roach and Abdullah Ibrahim "Streams of Consciousness"
(NY and South Africa)
African Anarchist Radio
Malcolm X "The Roots of Savagery" mixed w/
Max Roach/Abdullah Ibrahim "Streams of Consciousness"
Tony Allen "Crazy Afro Beat" w/scratches by Rob Swift
Vs Dj Spooky (NY and Nigeria)
X Plastaz "Msimu kwa msimu" (Tanzania)
Alif "Douta Mbaye"(Senegal)
K'naan "Soobax" (Somalia)
Kelis "Trick Me" (dancehall mix) (USA)
Fela "Kalakuta Show" (Mix Master Mike, Lateef and The
Gift of Gab Remix) (Nigeria)
Lotfi Double Kanon "Bled Miki" (Tunisia)
MC Solaar featuring Ron Carter "Un Ange En Danger" (France/Senegal)
Akon "Locked Up" mixed w/ Nelson Mandela "Moments
in Black History (Brad Sanders)" (NY/Senegal/South Africa)
Angola National Anthem - "Angola, avante!" Author: Manuel
Rui Alves Monteiro (b.1941); Composer: Rui Alberto Vieira Dias
Mixed w/Malcolm X "The Root of Civilization"
Dj Spooky featuring Tapper Zukie "Revolution Dub" (NY/Jamaica)
Frederic Galliano featuring Pancha Angola: Kuduru Sound System
Frederic Galliano featuring Pinta Tirru "Entra No Roda"
Bunny Lee Meets King Tubby "African Roots and Reggae"
Cesoria Evora - Angola (original + Carl Craig remix) -Dj Spooky
remix (Cape Verde Islands/Detroit/NY)
David Byrne and Brian Eno "My Life in The Bush of Ghosts:
Vocal Outtakes" (New York/London)
Fela "Zombie" (Nigeria) (remix)
King Britt "Obafunke Theme" (Philadelphia) mixed w/
Interlude Idi Amin speaks (Uganda)
Orson Welles "Citizen Kane" (L.A.)
President Obasanjo mixed w/"Move" by J Dilla (Detroit)
Ryuichi Sakamoto "Riot in Lagos" mixed w/ Nigerian National
Baka Forest People of South East Cameroon - Water Drums (Cameroon)
Foday Musa Suso "World Wide Funk" (DJ Spooky remix)
Master Musicians of Jajouka featuring Talvin Singh "You Can
Find the Feeling" mixed w/ Abdul Nasser "Independence
Duke Ellington "Afro-Euraasian Eclipse" (NY)
Oum Kalthoum "Hob Eih" (Egypt) - Dj Spooky remix
Mixed w/Tectonic "Heat Sensor"
Charlie Dark "Afro Dreaming"(UK-Ghana)
The Monks of Keur Moussa "Nous Te Louons, Pere Invisible"
Ginger Baker/Tony Allen (UK/Nigeria) - drum solo mixed w/
Drexciya "Polymono Plexusgel" (Detroit)
Zimbabwe Legit "Shadows Legit Mix" Dj Shadow remix (Zimbabwe/San
Soweto Gospel Choir "Rivers of Babylon" (South Africa)
Konono No1 "Kule Kule" (Congo)
Abdullah Ibrahim "Mindif" (Dj Spooky remix) (South Africa/NY)