During the last few weeks, the SCP has collaborated with DJ Spooky on this project by stepping into the studio to record The Rebirth Suite, the soundtrack of the forthcoming multimedia work DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation. In tandem with the SCP's live performance of The Rebirth Suite, DJ Spooky plans to manipulate the SCP's recorded performance of the joint work into a live remix.
What will it sound like? Perhaps DJ Spooky's new book, Rhythm Science (MIT Press), offers a hint: "a blur, a constellation of styles, a knowledge and pleasure in the play of surfaces, a rejection of history as objective force in favor of subjective interpretations of its residue, a relish for copies and repetition...."
Along with The Rebirth Suite, DJ Spooky performs solo, interpreting two classic underground films from his laptop, Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle and Maya Deren's Meditation on Violence. I hope DJ Spooky inspires more filmmakers to ignore antiquated copyright laws and do what adventurous electronic musicians have been doing for 50 years: remixing their pals, peers, and progenitors. As a bonus, the SCP premieres Seth Krimsky's House of Mirrors, which the composer describes as "equal parts late German expressionist and 1980s ECM jazz." Pre-concert talk starts at 6:15 pm. CHRISTOPHER DeLAURENTI
DJ Spooky performs with the Seattle Chamber Players Sun May 2 at 7 pm (Recital Hall at Benaroya, Third Ave and Union St, 286-5052), $12/$18/$20.