Rather than creating yet another mix CD based on current dancefloor hits and trends, Six Degrees sheds light on a different aspect of DJ culture with Under the Influence. In this series, the most influential contemporary mixmasters reveal their personal favorites and sources of inspiration. Under the Influence combines the top picks from famous record crates along with tracks and musical collaborations from the featured mixers themselves. The first installment of Under the Influence is a mixed set by turntable innovator DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid. Includes tracks by Moby, Future Sound of London, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Talvin Singh and Sonic Youth in addition to DJ Spooky's collaborations with Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Dub Pistols and Carl Craig.
About the Artist
SYNCHRONIA "I tell a story of bodies that change." Ovid, Metamorphoses circa 1 AD "But of course, there are two kinds of people on earth. One - The people of the towns are more sensible than tortoises. Two - The wild people of the jungles are as senseless as donkeys." Amos Tutuola, The Witch-Herbalist of the Remote Town 1981 Ovid's Metamorphoses or Kafka's Metamorphosis? Amos Tutuola's freewheeling world of spirits or Tim Berners Lee's? Arthur Koestler's "Synchronicity" or Grandmaster Flash's Adventures on the Wheels of Steel? The links between all of these are sampling and flow, change and transformation. Mix tapes and mythologies, microphones and migration, text and textuality
the patterns are what make it all happen
. Synchronia the word brings up all sorts of connotations: synchronicity, synchronism, synchronous, etc., etc. This was my working title and the guiding idea when I created this mix. The basic idea is that things happen in patterns, rhythms, intersections, convergences
And in this world of hyper-networked information, it's one of the more subtle ways of thinking about what makes all of the patterns of everyday life mesh. There are a couple of directions the word can take you in depending on what you're looking for. Rhythms and algorithms, sounds and samples, bits and beats what I was looking to create with this mix is a statement about how much the world has moved beyond what W.E.B. Dubois called 'the color line' in America, Amiri Baraka a.k.a. Leroi Jones' 'changing same' or what someone like Frantz Fanon would have called simply 'the pathology of place' that informed so much of 20th century culture. What's that sound coming from the new crossroads of net culture? Is it human or human derived? The values, like the beats and rhythms that make up the fabric of this mix, like I always enjoy saying are all about flow. Rhythm, depending on which angle you look at it from, is derived from the Greek 'rhythmos,' a term that meant 'measured motion' and if you think about the early references to the 'music of the spheres' dating back to Pythagoras, I guess the rhythms have become flattened spheres become disks, become hard-drives, become networks of process forged in the underground and overground cultures of the information age. The artists I've chosen for this mix are all hybrid folks nobody sticks to one style, and everybody here has a lot of different ways to engage the creative process. Nobody in Synchronia stays in the stagnant waters of received opinion, and nobody on this mix would want to. Anyway, that's what went through my mind as I made the mix. Music from the 4th world, music from the new beats, music for the age of information. Glitches, fragments of text, codes, ciphers (there's an on-line component to this too
Check the website) different stories and times. Stories and storage, stories of storage how do we recall the way we create? Think of Synchronia as a soundtrack to a world where any sound can be you. It's the residue, the moments and memories of how the sounds and songs came to be 'here' in this mix that I really want people to check out. A lot of the first really 'organized' cities were necropoli. Like the 9th century Arabic philosopher, Abu 'Abdullah Muhammad ibn Musa of Khuwarizm, whose name derived into the terms 'algorithm' and 'algebra,' I like to think of numbers as tools for the living to help organize their lives. That's what this mix is about a celebration of life and renewal. The new crossroads make new sounds. Hip-hop, techno, ambient, illbient, drum 'n bass, dancehall reggae these are just terms used to hold a place in our minds where we dance together. Language is the glue, and music is the free floating variable. Who would want anything else? Think of Synchronia as a soundtrack to a way of life in a world where humans have become a kind of dust drifting through the codes we made in an earlier age. It's the 21st century. It's time to synchronize.
DJ SPOOKY That Subliminal Kid