Balls to the Wall Part Four is where some serious musical lunacy took place. March 28th, 2003 at Vassar College, the student-run electronic music club Vassar Techknowledgy (sic?!) hosted myself and two of my co-conspirators. Imagine playing beats for people who are throwing rubber balls at each other. It was a "dodgeball rave", and it spawned this bizarro audio document which is best experienced from beginning to end with gapless playback. Tracks from my "techno" album Ganglion Rot are played live in mutated guises and tweaked to the fullest on this recording. The track titles are taken from the Popol Vuh, the Quiche Maya creation story which I happened to be reading at the time. Here's a blurb written by another party involved, the one who organized us into a three-headed confusion-by-music machine:::
"The recording you have here is from a "Dodgeball Rave" in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Brown Moth mixed and recorded this document using a Marantz tape recorder, two AKG 460 condensor mics (one attached to a basketball hoop behind the field of play, one on the bleachers to the side), and one Audio-Technica 825 stereo mic suspended from the rafters 100 feet above. scutopus made the sounds and I processed them and, I don't know, we must have been dropped when we were babies cuz here it is, complete with the fully audible sound of 100 people hurting each other with four-square balls. It doesn't matter if you like dub, techno, gabba, digital hard-core, noise, or field recordings - this document is not normal and it will scare you."
- The Jesse Stiles 3000
Track 9 was featured on a memorial tribute compilation for Daniel Hansson, the co-founder and first CEO of Elektron musical instruments. It was called the 45 Tribute, and featured the artists: Autechre, The Sea and Cake, Venetian Snares, Daedelus, John Tejada, Dntel, Boom Bip, and many other excellent musicians from the Elektron Users forum. (scutopus' tools for this performance were the Elektron Machinedrum and Sidstation.)
Included in the download is a jpg of the original event flyer. Released on the eleventh anniversary of the event.
released March 28, 2014
JTS3K: live digital audio manipulation, editing
The Brown Moth: live mixing
Digital photography from the year 2000: Alexander Bohn
"The diet is not known; fecal material contains organic (?) crystals and perhaps sediment particles. The radula morphology
suggests that the diet is particle-size dependent, possibly detritus." -Scheltema 1981.
This drone by Elizabeth Veldon made me feel it was ok to do what I felt led to do with the form. While timbres differ, there wouldn't be Classic Beats without it. Just buy all Veldon's drones! scutopus