My Mix In The Bush Of Ghosts
okay, so I'm jumping the gun a little.. the remix section isn't up and running yet, but then I'm jumping the gun on even mentioning that too!
here's the story... (read the complete post!)
"My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" was the way-way ahead of it's time album, put together by Brian Eno & David Byrne. it was released in 1981, though in fact was even more ahead of it's time than that, in that while it had been recorded prior to the Talking Heads "Remain In Light", it had been put on hold so that album could be the first release. (aside: I remember being particularly impressed that Iggy Pop used this album as the pre-show warm-up music, when I first saw him play in July '81).
if you don't know the album, it's basically a montage of "found" sounds (political commentators and exorcisms as overheard on radio broadcasts, etc.) cut up and fit to a funky percussive backdrop. it was "sampling" before way before such a thing became common in modern music.
fast-forwarding to now, after being cited as being such an influencial album by musicians of many different genres, it's now been remastered and released with extra tracks and outtakes - information of which you can find here...
what is particularly exciting is this announcement on the site...
In keeping with the spirit of the original album, Brian and David are offering for download all the multitracks on two of the songs. Through signing up to the user license, and in line with Creative Commons licenses, you are free to edit, remix, sample and mutilate these tracks however you like. Add them to your own song or create a new one. Visitors are welcome to post their mixes or songs that incorporate these audio files on the site for others to hear and rate. Stay tuned, the remix site is coming soon!
methinks they probably won't offer the track that samples the Quran as a download (indeed, the second pressing of the album didn't even include that track), but personally I'd love to lose myself in a remix of "Mea Culpa" - especially as any errors on my part would be excused by the "lyric"...