The Banjo And The Boom Bap

by Erik Spangler

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My thesis of the past six months, exploring a union of rural and urban folk musics. I sampled myself on homemade gourd banjo as well as resonator banjo, playing versions of "Cumberland Gap", "Pretty Polly", "Darling Cora", "Sugar Baby", "The Cuckoo", and "Bright Sunny South". These samples were then chopped up and wedded with bass line and boom bap drum patterns, played with MPK mini keys/pads and APC40 controller. The final element was turntable scratches with fiddle and vocal samples from Mike Seeger, Tommy Jarrell, and Roscoe Holcomb records. This track is a blueprint and distillation of many live improvisation techniques that I have been playing around with through my Baltimore Boom Bap Society music series in collaboration with Wendel Patrick. My hope is that different strands in the music can resonate with people of different backgrounds, and that the layers can interpenetrate while maintaining the raw spirit of both hip hop and old-timey/country folk.

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released February 26, 2013

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Erik Spangler Baltimore, Maryland

Erik Spangler (a.k.a. DJ Dubble8) is a Baltimore-based composer and electronic musician working within a wide range of listening environments. As a turntablist and controllerist DJ, Spangler performs live remixes of his own compositions along with found-sound improvisations, through solo performances or in an ensemble context. ... more

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