Long read on Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra for Red Bull Music Academy.
The Scratch Orchestra with Vocal Constructivists play Nature Study Notes at Cafe Oto on Sunday February 22nd.
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Welcome to The Future. The year is 2359. We are broadcasting from the basement archives of the former State Institute for Futurology. For the next two hours we will be sifting through the ruins of yesterday’s dreams for tomorrow. Everything is in disarray. The filing system is corrupted. But somehow, somewhere amongst the dust and the rubble we will – we will – we – w –
“Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape. When nobody’s around kipple reproduces itself. … Eventually everything within the building would merge, would be faceless and identical, mere pudding-like kipple piled to the ceiling of each apartment. And, after that, the uncared-for building itself would settle into shapelessness, buried under the ubiquity of dust.”
– Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
"It was just a weird situation how it happened. It couldn’t ever happen again because I was fucked up when I did it. They had the tape on backwards and I came in and tried to sing and I’m fucked, I don't notice that it’s backwards. They got the shit on the other side. They got to turn the tape back over to hear the music. But I had it on backwards, all I can hear is shh-sh-shh-shh. That’s why I'm talking: This is the story of a famous dog… Cos I’m trying to wait to see what key it’s in. But there’s nothing but beats so I did my whole part ad-libbing Why must I feel like that. Gary came back and instead of doing it right, he put the harmony on around what I did and I’m basically talking. Why must I feel like that / Why must I chase the cat / Nothing but the dog in me. And it sounds like a brand new style of shit. So now it sounds like its own arrangement. It was a weird way to make a record. They were gonna turn it back over but by this time they had put the bass on there while it was backwards. So now you got a brand new type of thing. I wouldn't even try to do that again. Don't even think about that. It just happened like that."
"I see 2014 being full of a lot of hard abrupt edges, a lot of fast changes. It’s less about how, back in the day, you would try to put one reverb on everything so it would sound like it’s in the same space. Fuck that! It’s more interesting to have a snare that’s played in outer space with a vocal that’s happening in a tiny wooden cabin. That’s fine. That’s almost like a return to music concrète but with aural architecture. It’s like a collaging of spaces. And that really is in direct reference to browsers and online experience. All these different worlds jammed up right next to each other…"