Return of DJ Spooky!


New album en route, and
don’t forget to swipe your iPhone when you see those barcodes to get a big


Blurt Staff


Ear Recordings is excited to announce the release of DJ Spooky That Subliminal
Kid’s latest manifesto titled “The
Secret Song.”
Set for an Oct. 6 release, the new record marks DJ
Spooky’s sixth full-length album and will feature guest appearances from
notable artists and musicians such as Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, The Jungle
Brothers, The Coup, Rob Swift, Mike Ladd and many others. “The Secret Song” is a groundbreaking meditation on
hip-hop and electronic music’s relationship to philosophy, economics, and the
science of sound in a world where the steady drumbeat of the financial meltdown
has made music the last refuge of young people with less and less time and money.

It’s been a while since DJ Spooky has released a new album of his own material,
but this constantly and famously creative force, also known as Paul D. Miller,
has been anything but idle. Over the last couple of years, Miller has shot
films in Antarctica, remixed a controversial
piece of cinema history, and produced two of MIT Press’ top-selling recent

In his role as DJ Spooky, the recording artist and producer, Miller has worked
with or remixed everyone from Metallica to Yoko Ono; from the Kronos Quartet to
Killah Priest. Even the master of collage rock, Beck, remixed DJ Spooky for his
first series of mixes online. Miller’s most recent work was a series of
compilations and remixes of Jamaican dub and reggae. Now, after endless touring
and a vast array of projects in just about every conceivable media, Miller
found time to lock himself in his studio and lay down the tracks for this new
project, “The Secret Song.”

With material taken from collaborations with people as diverse as Sonic Youth’s
Thurston Moore, to Vijay Iyer, old school African hip-hop legends Zimbabwe
Legit, stunning turntablist Rob Swift (the legendary leader of The
X-ecutioners), to political hip-hop from The Coup, The Jungle Brothers, Mike
Ladd, and Abdul Smooth from India, DJ Spooky connects the dots between jazz,
classical music, and the struggle to create new, dynamic relationships between
old school hip-hop and the 21st century’s rapidly changing info-culture
landscape. Showcasing Spooky’s eclecticism and ever-present desire to spotlight
a great amount of musical genres and causes from all around the world, the
album’s lead single “Azadi” (which means “Freedom” in Farsi
and is sung by Iran’s Sussan Deyhim) was released in conjunction with “A
Day of Solidarity With the People of Iran” as a free download with Artists 4 Freedom.



Download the song “Azadi” (The New Complexity) feat. Iran’s
Sussan Deyhim HERE.

On “The Secret Song,” DJ
Spooky looks to bands like Nine Inch Nails, and Radiohead for inspiration, as
he flips old school and new school sounds into a sonic fiction landscape where
rock meets dub and experimental jazz; where he can re-construct a classic song
of a band that is one of the most sampled bands in hip-hop, like Led Zeppelin,
make dub out of it and add strings by the Golden Hornet Project. “The
Secret Song” is an album that puts DJ Spooky’s brand of conceptual hip-hop
front-and-center with eerily accessible reconstructions only an artist such as
himself could possibly formulate.

According to DJ Spooky, his new album ironically refers to a few notable
elements. The first being that “The Secret Song” is made by failed
ATM transactions, credit card fraud, jazz motifs made into stock exchanges, and
the futures market. Secondly, it is an album that says 2012 isn’t the end of
time, like the Mayan Calendar says – it’s just the end of the last Walmart.
Additionally, the album exposes the economics of music as the music industry as
we know it goes through massive transformation – it’s the new Stop and Shop of
the Mind. And lastly, “The Secret
has tracks hidden in barcode throughout most of downtown Manhattan. Don’t believe
him? Swipe your IPhone anywhere you see a barcode. And so with “The Secret Song,” we look
back at the 20th century and see a couple of massive changes that put it in,
what DJ Spooky calls, “history through lens of the sample.”


Following in the steps of The Cinematic Orchestra’s rescore of Dziga Vertov’s
cinema classic “Man with A Camera,” “The Secret Song” album
will be accompanied by a DVD of a rare film from the Russian Revolution, the
1924 film “Kino-Glaz” (Cinema Eye) by the renowned Russian Director
Dziga Vertov. DJ Spooky rescored the film and remastered the footage in New York for the DVD to
serve as a companion-piece to his new album.

In addition to the making of “The Secret Song,” DJ Spooky continues
to bring his artistic output to fans across the world and dip his toes into
other creative realms. He performed his previous piece, “DJ Spooky’s
Rebirth of a Nation,” more than sixty times around the world, from Lincoln Center
in NYC to the Acropolis in Athens.
At the end of 2008, the DVD version was released by Starz Media – the folks who
brought us “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.” He’s
played festivals from the main stage at Bonnaroo to Michael Franti’s Power To
the Peaceful to the 2009 Bumbershoot Festival. Earlier this year, Miller
performed before a crowd of 100,000 on the mall in Washington, DC
for Earth Day, along with the Flaming Lips and others. In the world of books,
Miller’s “Sound Unbound” features essays from legendary figures like
Steve Reich, Pierre Boulez, Chuck D, Daphne Keller (the Senior Legal Counsel to
Google), Saul Williams, Brian Eno, Moby, and many others. In his reconstructing
of the role of the DJ, Miller’s visual artwork has been honored with solo shows
at highly established art venues like The Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern
Art, and the Robert Miller Gallery.




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