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DJ Spooky|Viral Sonata: An Inventory of Effects

Viral Sonata: An Inventory of Effects

Paul D. Miller

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Paul D. Miller, a.k.a DJ Spooky, calls this a 'hip-hop' record, though there's little hip and no hop. His tongue is firmly planted cheekwise, but there's no denying Miller's high concept album. VIRAL SONATA is the stuff of hi-jacked groove anarchy, the deification of the sampler and the turntable, where no sound is sacred and everything is permitted. Here, the specter of William Burroughs (one million edited/collaged parts of him) haunts this montage of concrete samples and corrupted audio files. There are gnarled bits of droning Indian sitar on "Indra's Net," and odes to electronic film score pioneers Louis and Bebe Barron in the lab-rat electronic piston pulses of "Morphic Interlude." In the electroacoustic "City on the Edge of Forever," the disembodied, trilling sound patterns would surely make sci-fi scenarist Harlan Ellison proud. Subtitled "An Inventory of Effects," VIRAL SONATA, for all its random experimentalism, brings up-to-date the pioneering work of every Bell Labs techie who ever worked with a prehistoric, multi-cabled, synthesized monstrosity.
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1
Prologue (The Duchamp Effect)
00:07:24

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

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2
Indra's Net (Song of the Circular Ruins Edit)
00:11:10

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

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3
Morphic Interlude (The Sun Ra Effect)
00:02:52

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

4
Nodal Flux (The Rauschenburg Effect)
00:02:11

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

5
Invisual Ocean (Critical Bandwidth Mix)
00:07:57

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

6
Striated Interlude #1
00:02:00

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

7
Necrologue (The Lament of Darth Vader)
00:05:09

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

8
Striated Interlude #2 (Biomorphic Structure #786*Beta)
00:00:57

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

9
City on the Edge of Forever (Vector Analysis Mix)
00:08:08

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

10
Zona Rosa (Total Chromatism Mix)
00:07:38

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

11
Colophon
00:06:51

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

12
Striated Interlude #3 (Synchronic Overload Edit)
00:02:00

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

13
Primary Inversion
00:07:07

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

14
Striated Interlude #4 (The Fannon Effect)
00:01:52

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

15
Epilogue (Processed Digital Feedback)
00:01:04

DJ Spooky, Artist - Paul D. Miller, Artist, MainArtist

2005 Synchronic 2005 Synchronic

Album Description

Paul D. Miller, a.k.a DJ Spooky, calls this a 'hip-hop' record, though there's little hip and no hop. His tongue is firmly planted cheekwise, but there's no denying Miller's high concept album. VIRAL SONATA is the stuff of hi-jacked groove anarchy, the deification of the sampler and the turntable, where no sound is sacred and everything is permitted. Here, the specter of William Burroughs (one million edited/collaged parts of him) haunts this montage of concrete samples and corrupted audio files. There are gnarled bits of droning Indian sitar on "Indra's Net," and odes to electronic film score pioneers Louis and Bebe Barron in the lab-rat electronic piston pulses of "Morphic Interlude." In the electroacoustic "City on the Edge of Forever," the disembodied, trilling sound patterns would surely make sci-fi scenarist Harlan Ellison proud. Subtitled "An Inventory of Effects," VIRAL SONATA, for all its random experimentalism, brings up-to-date the pioneering work of every Bell Labs techie who ever worked with a prehistoric, multi-cabled, synthesized monstrosity.
© TiVo

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