Deaf Planet began with Wrongsmith, a set of four novelty songs. They were made with Microsoft’s auto-composer program, Songsmith. The idea behind Songsmith is that anyone can make music. It was marketed by Microsoft using a parody of a type of crappy viral video, which then went viral.
A vocal by Tupac Shakur was used as a digital seed to generate a song. The rapper’s raging voice conducts and composes in Songsmith. The man is immortal. The impending triumph of dumb artificial intelligence and meaningless anger as the self dissolving sugar in my tea, these are stages on the way to the heavenly realm where bullets buzz and drift like lazy bees, dance floors never empty of beauty, and there is not love or hate, only money in the name of god.
Hip hop did not fade away, as its detractors claimed it must. Instead the music grew and mutated into a war zone of conflicting philosophies, the conscious rappers and the gangstas, culminating in tru-life dramas as the morbid fascinations of gangsta lyrics erupted in shoot-outs and death.
The guns have singing voices. Clouds of dust are what pass for humans around here.
Fake Like 2pac is a restless mix of junglist concrète and post-meaning rap, a montage of found music including DJ Toolz, Tupac Shakur, and a West African song taped from BBC Radio 3 (no attribution available for that one). The work done in 2009 investigates many uses of the Kammerl Audio suite of VST audio processors and the Slicer in particular as an almost perfect tool for phonological-semantic dissociation. Back in 1987 I made a tape mix of two pop songs, titled Bodyr to signify the cutting and splicing of parts of disrupted meaning that was the elementary performance. I’ve explored the implications of the cut-up method, continued with the literariness and epiphanies of new mutation and transcendent disfigurement. Working with sound has led to painting, writing, photography, and digital image collage and manipulation, all informed by the practice of editing random order.
Related reading for those interested in cutting up songs can be found here: The Dissociated Mixes