<-- This is an actual advertisement for the new Brian Joseph Davis album, "Intro and other instrumental works". It was going to be a CD, but, as Brian writes over at brianjosephdavis.com,
"Halfway through designing the CD sleeve for what was going to be my second, mass produced release I stopped and thought: something about this does not seem all that interesting. I used to make CDs as art jokes...Over the last couple of years I’ve been making art jokes in front of actual people, in galleries and performance spaces. That is far more satisfying than anything else I’ve done and putting it on a CD and then sending it off on its way to navigate the increasingly brutal waters of music retail would be myself losing track of the joke."
The new album consists of three live instrumental pieces. The title track (below) is subtitled "Work For 10 Boom Boxes and 10 Tapes of Hardcore Intros". It starts out teasing hardcore then morphs into sludge, drums massaged out into an undulating drone, then cycling back. The second track is a metal take on Alvin Lucier, titled Alvin Lucifer. And the final track, a piano piece, was commissioned by the New York Miniaturist Ensemble who "perform a repertoire of works consisting of one hundred notes or less".
Brian's previous art jokes have included
- the sound of banned albums set aflame
- passerby recreating a classic song from memory (Yesterduh)
- Original Soundtrack, composed entirely from DVD title menu loops
- "Johnny", a compendium of lines from films that have the word “Johnny” in them.
Check out more from BJD here on the Free Music Archive. And while you're at it, I recommend checking out Blocks Recording Club, the label who's doing promo for BJD's free album. They've also kicked off a free digital singles club, featuring The Torrent, which you can sign up for at blocksblocksblocks.com.