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May 11th, 2010: DJ Spooky

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I was more than a little skeptical about this, both because of the antarctic theme and the classical trio — the Alter Ego ensemble. OK, missing Flat Forme didn’t help either. But I also guessed that DJ Spooky would be the one to pull it off, and I think he did.

The video backdrop was nice at times — the ice and landscape for the most part. The archive footage from a soviet film wasn’t that interesting by itself but did fit in quite well. The computer generated stuff — graphs about global warming, flags, score and phrases — were quite boring for me, but it didn’t really matter.

The music made it all work for me. I don’t think the acoustic instruments alone would have been enough, that hybrid between classical tendencies and a definite underlying beat did work at times but less at others. DJ Spooky’s sampling added another layer that could either reinforce or complement the other musicians, and his echoes and switching took it to another level.

For me at least, it was a fresh approach that worked well, even though I think it just begs to be taken further. I think he showed a way to take DJing to other musical lands, and that continent has not been explored much so far.

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