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David Linton

April 25, 2011

David Linton

In the 1980s mulitmedia artist David Linton started working as a musician and he still identifies with this idea, creating audio-visual compositions through oscillators, shiny dime store objects, and projections. His kinetic pictures and sound simultaneously co-create, maybe recalling his roots as a drummer. He is known for his wired solo electro-acoustic drumkit performances, or for producing Detroit and UK inspired techno experiments, including his 1986 solo LP Orchesography, which became an influential collusion of ‘early’ sampling tek with street beats and theatrical postmodernism.

What emerges after years of beat making in one form or another is an artist whose name is properly draped in a sense of underground reverie as his explorations continue to expand appreciation of beats of sound and vision and the space where those two meet, collide and hypnotically do it over and over again. The Bicameral Research Sound and Projection System, which David began in 2004, can be found touring the US and internationally. If sound and vision journeying is your call, we suggest you journey with him as he continues to expand realtime performance through the creation of intricate environments such as his classic SoundLab (1996) or still current, UnityGain (1997-present) and its Manhattan cable and webcast project UGTV (UnityGain Television), where David is producer, director and occasional performer.

David’s live performances span the history of the downtown experimental scene, from a grittier New York alongside other musicians such as Lee Ranaldo, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Elliott Sharp and others, to the present at Issue Project or many other performance spaces where he can be spotted collaborating and improvising. To have worked with David Linton confers a type of legitimacy on those younger New York artists who revel in the rigors of micro-sound and the hypnotic pulsing of fractals. In that sense he’s often claimed by VJs and DJs equally, and other just out of art school hopefuls who far from avoiding the feedback loops of the future are finding in them a whole new kind of mercurial, vibrational magic.

This Wednesday starting at noon (EST), David curates the A/V Extravaganza on WFMU‘s Miniature Minotaurs show,”a full three hour show of live music with live video art, five sets of webstreamed multimedia improvisation and experimentation.” Check it out to witness the future of online interactive radio.

1. What is your hometown?

Newburgh NY – a stunningly decayed Hudson River town just one hour north of NYC which currently boasts the highest homicide rate in NY State

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

In all of literature? fuck… i dunno… I don’t really read much contemporary fiction so we’d be going back into my youth for this:  Billy Budd? mmm… or maybe Prince Hal? (Henry IV part one)

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Christopher Walken if i’m the hero… Clint Eastwood if i’m the villain.  Tilda Swinton any time.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

if we’re going straight for “The Soul” Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

old school:
“Creative Evolution” by Henri Bergson
“The Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell
“The Shape of Time – Remarks on the History of Things” by George Kubler

middle school:
“Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York” by Luc Sante

 new school:
“Deep Time of the Media: Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means (Electronic Culture: History, Theory, and Practice)” by Siegfried Zielinski
“Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe” by Robert Lanza & Bob Berman

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Actually i don’t own an ipod… never have… but in terms of recent albums i like to listen to those given to me by friends who make them…recently in this category we find: The Notekiller’s – “We’re here to help”  & The Z’s – “New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion!”

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Generally i find that for me certain songs are more likely to induce tears at certain moments than movies for the most part…
So i think it might be a very long time since i’ve cried in a movie… maybe a moist eye from time to time… but outright tears?
dunno… probably Lynch’s Elephant Man? – the year it was released… I remember not just tears but the full on constriction in the throat that usually just precedes total abject weeping… etc I now attribute this phenom to misplaced self pity, however.

8.  Cat person or dog person?

CAT… i am one myself….

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

BOTH… obviously… “Truth” as a principle is an abstraction and therefore Immortal…
“Kindness” is temporal and so of more real use among the living – etc…

10.    How do you define sin?

“Something other people do”

11.    How do you define virtue?

“Something other people claim to do”

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

my headstone looks like the horizon where i hope the wind will blow my ashes

Connections:

UnityGain
WFMU.org

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