My first concert ever was Aerosmith at Jones Beach Amphitheater on August 29, 1994 for their ‘Get A Grip Tour.’ If you’ve never been to the ‘Get A Grip Tour’ wikipedia page you are missing out on an amazing piece of the internet. The list of tour dates will blow your mind:
I got pretty into Aerosmith in grade school and junior high. All the popular and jock kids in my school were really into Greenday so I naturally hated Greenday and had to like something else. Growing up on massively homogenized Long Island didn’t leave me a lot of other options so Aerosmith became my favorite band. Luckily this changed to Led Zeppelin, Cream, and other classic rock acts which rather quickly lead me to NIN, Primus and Mr Bungle (the gateway drugs to underground music for a mid 90s teen ager in the suburbs) . I wanted to get into finding new music but buying CDs meant spending $17 and I had no way of hearing or knowing if I would like the music. Being a poor cheap miser I fell in love with the promo CD bin. I would rather buy 10 CDs for $10 of unknown bands than $17 on some crap that tricked me. This stuck with me through out all of high school and eventually into college. In college I would pick the library $1 LP bin and came across this Stockhausen/Kagel record my freshman year:
I had never heard “new music” or 20th century “contemporary classical.” It really blew me away and forever changed my opinions on what music could be (and it was from 1961 which was insane to me). All of a sudden the Boredoms or the Locust sounded like the Cranberries (I love the Cranberries).
Anyway, I got really into wild experimental music in college through this Stockhausen/Kagel record. I start trying to make it and got into collage music through friends (people like us, negativland, stock hausen and walkman, john oswald, etc).
Now to end this rant and tie it all together.
In 2001 or so I started making sound collages and noise music. Around the same time I started the “Dude Looks Like A Lady Hotline” at Purchase College (a phone number that when called, it would play the whole song Dude Looks Like A Lady and then hang up). So Aerosmith and collages were deep in my brain. Naturally this piece came about.
Each track from the album starts at the time same, layered them on top of each other unchanged. While its really simple and primitive, I really like the form: a gradual dropping of layers to reveal a single track, an album cut that I’m not sure I ever heard prior to this. This piece was a mental starting point for pieces like ‘Wet Wings’ and the ‘Call Me Maybe Acapella 147 Times:
Anyway, I drank coffee today. I wonder if anyone read this! I bet its riddled with insane typos but I’m not going to read it over.