Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, aka the busiest man alive, is just back from a couple of months in Seoul (where, during our own recent travels, we snapped the above photo of South Korea’s fiercest hipster). As a resident at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, Spooky collaborated with some of Korea’s most esteemed musicians and artists, rocked his trademark “turntableism” at a New Year’s Eve concert, and gained some knowledge that he’ll be dropping at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre this weekend.
If you’re a fan of Spooky’s atmospheric brand of trip hop, you’ll want to catch “Seoul Counterpoint” this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. During a performance of the piece at last year’s Refest, That Subliminal Kid combined his own sampling (done on the iPad mixer he designed, naturally) with the music of two live ensembles — one of which, Sound Impact, was with him in New York and the other of which was streamed in from Seoul. Oh, and there were visuals inspired by avant-garde audiovisual pioneer Nam June Paik. Peep the whole performance below.
The idea, Spooky said, was to explore the interaction between traditional music and sampling, and between New York and Seoul. He’ll do that again this weekend (with visuals by CultureHub) and we’ll be there with our Williamsburg jacket on.
“Seoul Counterpoint” April 11-13, 7:30 p.m., at Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St.; Tix here.