There are moments when things change in music. Something new is done. The future is revealed.
The 1980’s were about fusion. Not the pop and art fusion of the 60’s, or the jazz and rock fusion of the 70’s, but a new tension between technology and humanity.
Synthesizers were smaller and becoming digital, which would bring their price down drastically. Electronic drums were available. Digital effects units could bend signal in new ways.
Hip-hop was on the forefront of this tension because of technology. First the mixing board with crossfaders and mutes, then the sampler and drum machine. These were new technologies that the masses used to make a new style of music, a cutup of old and new.
The late 80’s project Tackhead was fearless. It brought together sampling, looping, hip-hop, and live playing like no one before. Since then several have moved into this direction, including my crew with 2MERICA, the amazing Headtronics project with Freekbass, and others.
Taking the stage with instruments and gadgets and building something relevant that night is a small but growing art form. In some ways these guys started it all. Awesome stuff.
Wimbish is currently touring the states with Living Colour.
We recorded and volunteered in the Musicians Garden booth at Ingenuity Fest 2013 this past weekend and had an amazing time. Once the weather cleared up Saturday evening the kids, the musicians, the people of the city came out and learned about MG’s mission while getting to experience it’s effects first hand. We literally had jams happening every few minutes with people of all ages and experience, and even found some time to give some first lessons to newbies.
MG posted some photos already, and since they tracked multiple spontaneous jams for a contest I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from the Ingenuity Fest experience soon.
I saw this guy perform years ago and mis-remembered his name, making it impossible to find anything by him.
I have been known to write like this in the studio but never put together a live show to this extent. Good stuff, this guy really builds amazing compositions, cresting and expiring, cresting and expiring.