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October 18, 2004 2:39 PM   Subscribe

The Evolution Control Committee [Motion Picture Experts Group Standard 1 Audio Layer III]
posted by Pretty_Generic (8 comments total)
Eerie Materials, we salute you!
posted by DenOfSizer at 3:58 PM on October 18, 2004

Wild and woolly semi-automatic truck bombing!

The link from "The" is seriously one of the most brilliant things ever.
posted by 88robots at 4:40 PM on October 18, 2004

Hurray! - I love E.C.C.

Seeing it live is wonderful too!

By the way....
E.C.C. is coming up to Seattle to play with us in January!
posted by mildred-pitt at 5:00 PM on October 18, 2004

How the hell does a sound-collage cutup mashything group play live?
posted by kevspace at 5:21 PM on October 18, 2004

How the hell does a sound-collage cutup mashything group play live?

Many "sound-collage cutup mashything groups" just play using prearranged samples created ahead of time. They would usually then use PC software controlled by a piano-style MIDI keyboard, and they'd strike keys to play particular samples. In this particular case, the ECC plays using a modified version of this setup, using a device called the Thimbletron. I saw this in action at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and it was quite impressive and amusing. The Thimbletron is mostly played by touching thumb to finger, which is the equivalent of hitting a key on the MIDI keyboard. It ended up being a lot more impressive than just watching someone press keys on a keyboard, or even just pressing Play and pretending to "rock".
posted by another test at 5:40 PM on October 18, 2004

Hooray ECC! I spent two weeks driving a schoolbus across country with TradeMark of the Evolution Control Commitee for Burning Man '02. Amazing guy. Nothing makes that long drive across Nebraska speed by like the Thimbletron.
posted by krakedhalo at 9:00 PM on October 18, 2004

I like their ideas, but find their execution lacking. Give me coldcut and tv sheriff, boyeee.

Also, that moon riff is lifted from page 113 of The Onion's book, Our Dumb Century.
posted by squirrel at 11:25 PM on October 18, 2004

The Herb Alpert mash-ups are best of breed.
posted by blueshammer at 12:39 PM on October 19, 2004

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