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Mickey Hart Shares New Song Built From Audio Samples Of 1948 Tobacco Auction [Listen]

first_imgLast week, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart officially announced his upcoming solo album, RAMU (short for “Random Access Musical Universe”), and released a pair of new tracks (“Wayward Son” and “Big Bad Wolf”) featuring Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and Tank and the Bangas’ Tarriona “Tank” Ball. Today, Mickey has shared the third single from the new album, the album’s first track, “Auctioneers”. The enthrallingly disorienting track begins in a sonic space you might find deep into a good old fashioned Dead “Drums” jam, and proceeds from there into a full break-beat freak-out.Listen to the newest release off Mickey Hart’s upcoming solo album, RAMU, below or  here via Billboard:As Billboard explains, “The song is built from Library of Congress recordings of a 1948 tobacco auction in Kentucky, over which Hart and his collaborators built an uptempo, polyrhythmic swirl of sound. ‘It’s the rhythm of the auctioneers, that’s the energy of [the track],’ says Hart, who works regularly with the Library of Congress as well as Smithsonian Folkways, “They’re selling tobacco, but at such a rapid speed that it’s just fantastic, rhythmically, and it has a melody to it and it fits into the dance. It’s kind of a precursor to rap, in some ways. So I just created something on top of that old sound recording.”Mickey Hart Announces Solo Album, Shares New Singles With Avey Tare & Tank BallHart expounded on what “RAMU” was to Pitchfork last week. As he explained, “’RAMU is truly a multidimensional instrument that allows you to travel to new universes at the flip of a switch…Everything goes through RAMU, the mothership. It’s my instrument, and it’s a very powerful compositional tool. It’s vast, it holds new treasures, and it’s still revealing itself to me.” He continues, “This record includes sounds from radio telescopes around the world, solar winds, the radiation that comes from light and is turned into sound, weather conditions from hurricanes.”“‘I want people to appreciate and understand what’s lying in the archives of the world, just sitting there waiting to be discovered,’ continues Hart, who began developing RAMU during the ’80s and has continued to refine and perform with it, over the years. ‘I live with that stuff all the time, just being in the archives all these years. I’ve got my finger on the button there, and I’ve always loved it. All these things have never really coexisted; I mean, I’ve found things that never coexisted before and kind of married them and the music. You can really have fun with it, and ‘Auctioneers’ is a perfect example of that.’”Dead & Company Added To Band Together Benefit Concert, Oteil Burbridge Cancels NYC Show“‘I didn’t want it to sound like a standard record by any stretch of the imagination,’ Hart explains in the Billboard interview. “I didn’t want to use cliche elements that you would normally put in a pop or rock ‘n’ roll (album). I didn’t use much bass at all, very little guitar, no keyboards, not a lot of cymbals, not a lot of tom-toms leading into verses, choruses or bridges. I pulled out a lot of those things that I identify with modern music. I was looking for the new.”In addition to Tank (Tank and the Bangas) and Avey Tare (Animal Collective),the album features bassist Oteil Burbridge, guitarist Steve Kimock, the String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Planet Drum cohorts Zakir Hussain and Sikiru Adepoju, Michal Menert and others. Longtime Dead conspirator Robert Hunter provided lyrics, and the track “Jerry” even features samples of the late Jerry Garcia experimenting with MIDI guitar during the late ’80s.Dead & Company Announce Fall Tour WebcastsWhile the album release is fresh on his mind, Hart doesn’t have any plans to tour behind RAMU as of yet. He’s focusing on his “day job” in Dead & Company and appreciating how smoothly that ship is sailing. “There’s really hardly any words to describe it ’cause it’s so good now…We finally know how to do it, I think, after 50-some odd years. I think we finally figured it out…” Hart also says that Dead & Co is toying with the idea of hitting the studio to make a new album. “We’ve talked about it…We’ve got some new songs from [Robert] Hunter, and we’re considering it, just thinking about schedules and when we want to go in the studio and so forth and so on. It’s one of those things; We were never a great studio band…it’s really our live performances — and it’s not just the music but kind of a community experience when people come. It really is about them, not us. I think the music is secondary in some ways. We’re kind of just the soundtrack, just like it’s always been.”[h/t – Billboard][Cover photo – Phierce Photo by Keith G; Instagram: @phiercephoto]last_img read more

Three companies contracted to dredge Layou River

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Layou River after flash flooding last week Thursday.Three companies have been contracted to undertake the dredging of the Layou River, as government seeks to put measures in place to revert it to its natural state.Heavy rainfall associated with the passage of a tropical storm in July caused the collapse of the Matthieu Dam in Layou triggering an overflow and subsequent rise in the Layou River bed.Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmore is reporting that government has engaged a number of heavy equipment operators to undertake the project.“We have received approximately nine proposals for persons who want to go into the river and extract sand from the river. We want to see serious extraction of the sand. Persons have to be able to demonstrate their ability to do that because it’s a lot of sand,” he said.According to Blackmoore, three companies have been selected to engage in the work.“We have received the proposals and they will start the actual dredging of the river. Most of the persons have proposed that the dredgers have the capacity to dredge 50 pounds per hour,” he said.He says contractors have been given two weeks to begin mobilization of the project.“We are aware that we cannot continue having excavators in the river. We have been trying to get the rivers back to its natural state. They have been given two weeks to mobilize,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 64 Views   2 commentscenter_img Share Share LocalNews Three companies contracted to dredge Layou River by: – October 26, 2011last_img read more

NCLGA lacks the presence of provincial ministers

first_imgThere were plenty of provincial issues being discussed including health, culture, LNG, transportation and agriculture.“You would think when you have issues such as health care, the health minister would be in attendance” Christensen said. “..No agricultural minister, no transportation minister”The NCLGA says their goal is working “to connect communities, identify common challenges and facilitate positive change.”- Advertisement -Despite the lack of provincial ministers, all 32 resolutions that came to the floor passed.Christensen is proud of the community members and city leaders who took the time to help organize and participate in the NCLGA conference.Christensen also recognized other communities who committed significant time to the organization, including the District of Taylor and Hudson Hope. He also thanked Progress Energy for hosting an energy literacy tour. Advertisementlast_img read more

Fischer Named MVC Cross Country Athlete of the Week

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, afternoon.Following a grueling week of training, Fischer finished fourth at the Oz Memorial last Friday evening. He completed the 4-mile course in 20:01.4 behind runners from Wisconsin and South Dakota State. During the race, he was briefly tripped up at the 5k mark, but rebounded to challenge the lead pack down the stretch and put himself in position for a potential win. In his two races this season, he has finished second and fourth.The honor is the second in as many weeks for Fischer this season.Following two tough weeks of training and competition, the Bulldogs will remain close to home this weekend to compete in the Grand View Invitational on Friday, Sept. 16 before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 1.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more