"The Detroit electro duo Drexciya used the ocean as a springboard (and while we’re talking about metaphors, I’m sorry for mixing them there) for one of the most elaborate conceptual frameworks that electronic music has known. For the millions of enslaved Africans who did not survive the Middle Passage, the ocean was a graveyard. Yet Drexciya managed to take this genocidal history and spin it into the basis for an experiment in Afro-futurist science fiction. In their musical (re)telling, the unborn children of pregnant women who were thrown overboard did not perish; they adapted and survived. These Drexciyans, as this ambitious mutant species was known, flourished underwater, breathing through gills and utilizing webbed appendages, battling the forces of human greed atop their Wavejumpers." - Philip Sherburn
“Our technology forces us to live mythically” – Marshall McLuhan
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"...because music and performing does not make sense..."
- David Byrne
"...what? I dated your mother? How is your mother? How did the Maggi find the Christ-child in the manger?"
- Tom Waits
Believe it or not, I can actually draw.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat
It took me to 2015 to see a 'real' Basquiat, up close and personal in New York City. His work still feels transcendent to me - curiously, his wordplay as much as his painting....couplets, poetic dissonance, savage, direct, knowing critique of the dialectics of pop art's white lineage. So much to say here. He was, of course, also a musician - and was Madonna's beau for a period.
Moreover, Basquiat's approach to the use of words is a direct, potent corollary with audio sampling. Dig if you will, the following excerpt:
"(words)...when I'm working, I hear them.... I just thrown them down... that was from a guidebook on Roman history...I didn't snatch them...they caught my eye and I took them..."
"(on anatomy)...not really imitating....I use them as a source material.....academic references"
Jump to 5"27 here if you want to mainline this.
...and a few iphone photos I took of his work in 2015 - which don't do them justice, but still leave me reeling.