ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2015:
Miami Bass with Dave Tompkins
FRIDAY 5 JUNE
KL. 17:00 (exact start time)
Illustrated lecture with hip-hop writer Dave Tompkins. The Beat Who Cheated Death is a natural history of Miami Bass, a mythology told through tales of "sustained decay" - a technical expression of the bass waveform, as it evolved from South Florida's ecology into a hip-hop subgenre in the 1980s.
As part of his forthcoming book project, Tompkins speaks about the properties of sustained decay and the booming walls of speakers. He will recycle the language of bass culture through Miami's coral memory, geospatial infrastructure, conch engineers, blowflies and maggots, man-made beaches, geology, riots, skate rinks, cocaine, climatology, Gucci Crew and U-boat attacks. The Beat Who Cheated Death is a hip-hop sub-frequency, a distortion of terms and technology born in the swamp.
Talk followed by a Q&A with music journalist and DJ Martin Bjørnersen.
Dave Tompkins is the author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop. He has contributed to the New Yorker, Paris Review, Grantland, Pitchfork, ego trip and the Wire. He is currently writing a natural history of Miami Bass. Born in North Carolina, he lives in New York.