We're big fans of the work of multimedia collage artist Brian Joseph Davis. Music Director Brian Turner did a nice writeup of Davis' CD compilation The Definitive Host, released last year by Canada's Blocks Recording Club, and a track from that album can be found on WFMU's Free Music Archive Sampler vol.1. Davis' download page reveals that he plans to make his "entire catalog available through the Free Music Archive" when our new site launches this December. In the meantime, we're psyched to share audio from a recent performance of Davis' newest project, Original Soundtrack.
Description from brianjosephdavis.com: Original Soundtrack is a live performance of 20 television sets and DVD players. On each DVD player is a different, commercially available movie left at its "menu" stage. The DVDs all feature endlessly looping musical cues (this is a design feature found on approximately 50% of all DVDs).
Performed using a customized mixer, loops are combined and stacked, resulting in a slightly unstable but scored 90-minute performance that moves from psyched out strings to destroyed funk and beyond.
Featuring selections from: Carter Burwell, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Hermann, David Holmes, Goblin, Cliff Martinez, Ennio Morricone, Giorgio Moroder, Walter Murch, Popol Vuh, Howard Shore and others.
Audio from the October 4th performance @ AR Williams Machinery Building in Toronto, as part of the Nuit Blanche cultural festival
Brian Joseph Davis - Original Soundtrack: Work for 20 DVD Players: 1 (mp3) | 2 (mp3) | 3 (mp3) | 4 (mp3) | 5 (mp3)
Upcoming performances of Original Soundtrack:
November 14-15th, 2008 at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver.
December 3, 2008 at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY **BRIAN NEEDS TO BORROW YOUR TV!! Contact Brian Joseph Davis if you're in Brooklyn and you can help out!
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. Composed and performed by: Brian Joseph Davis October, 2008, Produced by Jakob Thiesen. Photo credit: Tim Shore