Past, present, future in Durham on Saturday night…
I caught up with Paul Miller, a.k.a. ‘DJ Spooky’ in the ‘Green Room’ of Duke’s Reynolds Theater before his lecture show “Video Soul: From Wattstax to The Advant Garde” at Duke University on Saturday night.
Paul’s show blended video, beats, and multimedia culture for Duke Performances’ “Month of Soul Power: From Gospel to the Godfather.” The interview is for Sonecast, a new web tool that aggregates video, photos, blogging and social media into one channel for you.
Drive here to Sonecast for all of the footage from the show and for more info on ‘DJ Spooky’ info.
Paul is widely known for his innovative work as ‘DJ Spooky’ on the worldwide ’90s club scene and for his progressive use of sampling and online technology to create and distribute music.
As a purveyor of urban culture, he provided a rich look back at ’60s & ’70s R&B and urban culture. Along with his mix of sounds, he displayed vintage multimedia footage that ranges from Wattstax performances from Carla Thomas, the Bar-Kays, and Jesse Jackson’s “I Am Somebody” speech, to vintage Stax performances from Booker T. & The MGs and Otis Redding. And believe me, this stuff was fresh out the box.
In the interview, Paul touches upon the beauty of R&B and soul music from the ’60s & ’70s, how the web and sampling enchances our look at the past, social media and the digital divide, and how sampling of Stax and R&B is a tribute to the artists and the powers of digital art today.
Special kudos to Aaron Greenwald, the curator of Duke Performances, and the supporters of Duke Performances for putting together ‘Soul Power, From Gospel to the Godfather’ program for 2008. Check out the rest of the Duke Performances schedule.
Enjoy the listen, and get out to Duke Performances for a show. Aaron has put together an incredible flavor-whop of talent. Trust me on this one, the guy drives a ’78 Cadillac Coup de Ville…’Nuff said.
Time Is Tight,