DJ who? DJ Spooky

This summer a friend of mine introduced me to DJ Spooky. He was giving a talk nearby. The name in itself is fun; a spooky DJ? I was up for it and off I went! NY-based musician and professor Paul D. Miller is one of those who can talk about almost anything and make it interesting. He could have talked about trash cans and made them fascinating. As it was, he talked about how he collected sounds in Antarctica and used them in mixes. Here is an ice-cold track! Both the concept and the beats are just awesome.

Miller is also the author of Book of Ice which includes the following excerpt:

When you think of the term “ice” there are so many connotations that
come to mind: surface tension, temperature, the opacity of the material,
the basic sense that it can transform between liquid and solid. It’s elusive
because it can become so many things. People use ice for almost every
purpose—they make houses out of it, use it in their drinks, land airplanes
on it, and if you happen to be in Finland, they make musical instruments
out of it.

What I have done with this book is unpack some of the issues that drive
my artwork and its relationship to the constantly changing facets of
contemporary life in our information-economy dominated, post-everything
twenty-first century. Looking back over the last several centuries, an
intense amount of energy has been expended all over the world exploring
and unraveling the meaning of humanity’s condition on the planet.

Whether in the book or with his music, Miller shares his idea of a free space: as the only uninhabited continent of the world, Antarctica has no government and belongs to no country. We are free to experiment music and art in Antarctica, and even imagine flags and logos for the “Republic of Antarctica” as Miller does in his book. Here is a “PDF sample” of Book of Ice.

DJ Spooky is n-ice!
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