Talibam! – music as a new species.
Ever feel like your music just doesn’t fuck with you enough?
Ever get the feeling you want your mind placed in a blender and the high button pressed?
Well, I’ve totally got the goods for you.
According to their bandcamp page, The “Launch Pad” series was created by Talibam! to explore new sound relationships in the digital world. Using recent album releases by contemporary artists as the launching pad, Talibam! feels inspired to paint and mold the music into a new species, blurring the lines between inconspicuous and conspicuous consumption/appropriation. Launch Pad #2 features Frank Ocean’s “channel ORANGE” as the catalyst. More Launch Pads to follow.
I rather like the Launchpad series, and I have a soft spot for the ideaoloogy behind it. I like some of the older stuff…
… and then the cool baked newness of the wild current Launch Pad album sits well wiht me also.
I am a little in love with what these guys to do the muzak. If the artist is the subject or agent of the aesthetic contract then they are given a chance to reemerge at the hands of Talibam! with a new articulation and therefore a new listening. This is a set of experiments that rush to fill the void that surrounds the artistic creation. That void evoked by our relationship with the artist as the deity of creative and intellectual endeavour. It is a certain kind of social contract that determines what artists are and what constitutes authentic and valued artistic products as well as the considerable risks and privileges that are accrued to the artist. In this music transference, they mess with the holy or holies. The most sacred within us – artistic endeavour.
None of this is done with the intention of improving the works, elevating the works or projecting their own personality and thereby appropriating the works. Its more of a commentary on the age we live in and the sounds that battle out side for our inside. By their refusal to attempt any colonization on their own part, they assault and attack our own pretensions at ownership – a disease in the world of music listening that I believe needs to be cured. We “own” sound in a way we do not “own” other art forms. The other is welcome when they love that film, book or art work. However they are looked upon with a kind of suspicion when they aspire to love a song as much as I do. Then the battle becomes personal. It’s my song after all.
For me, little needs to be addressed as completely within music as this pretension to ownership. And Talibam! are playing another crucial part in our forward journey to that ideal.