Thursday, October 27, 2005

Zaireeka! (And bingo!)


If you've never heard of Zaireeka! , a quick explanation is necessary...

In the late 90s, a band called the Flaming Lips recorded an album in an experimental vein, which came out as a set of 4 discs. Different discs carry different parts of eight songs, and mixes & sounds bounce around--sometimes a disc has the melody, then on the next track it'll have feedback, on the next it might be silent for most of the song. The idea was, you could play as many or as few of the discs at a time as you wanted/could--but the ultimate goal would be to get all four going, synchronized, and hear what happens. The story is, even if you get them all synched up (it's harder than it sounds), it still rarely sounds the same twice.

I've had this album for a number of years--since college, at least--but tonight's the first time I've ever managed to get four functioning CD players into a room together, along with two other people willing to play along (it takes a few hands to push all the "play" buttons at once). Thanks to the enthusiasm & aid of my intrepid co-stars, Sarah & Nick, both flush after the excitement of another night of televised bingo (more on that in a moment), we got things rolling with only a few bumps in the synchronizing along the way...

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