Saturday, October 22, 2005

High school band plays DJ Shadow

This is absolutely great. DJ Shadow's Endtroducing album is one of his famous early works. It is entirely based on many, many different samples, and was basically made by one guy at home in his studio. So, a high school band in Minnetonka turned it all around, and had an eight-member percussion ensemble perform two of its track, "Building Steam With a Grain of Salt" and "Changeling" live. Basically, they've taken sampling to a bizarre new arena, where one artists takes a load of obscure samples, puts them together, and then has his work exploded outwards again, with the sampled, cut-up, being performed real-time by multiple musicians.

This must have been very difficult. You can see in the video they're all looking at music, and they must have transcribed it themselves. This must have entailed listening to the song over and over, in pieces and in toto. Most people would give up after a very short time, so they deserve extra credit for sticking it out.

Big ups to the conductor/music director too, who led them through such a great idea.

They do a very good job. There's one rough patch around 4 minutes, but otherwise it's much like the original.

I love the white shirts and black pants. That's exactly like my high school orchestra days.

High School Band Plays DJ Shadow (2005)The Minnetonka High School Percussion Ensemble recently destroyed all jokes about band nerds when they performed DJ Shadow's "Endtroducing."