MISC I DEERS

Talking Shit

For those of you who may have missed it, David Byrne of Talking Heads fame has been doing some wonderfully innovative work in challenging perceptions about what is music, noise and/or an instrument. Recently a video of him playing a building in NYC with a modified pump organ was posted on boing-boing and youtube (see below). What I found intriguing, almost more so than the work itself, was the so-called "controversy" about whether it was music or noise. Nothing new in the "you call that art?" argument of course. It's been around since the first cave person banged out a beat on a hollow log. "What you call that music? My cave kid can do that." Then BAM! the clubs came out and another step in our collective de-evolution was underway. Deeply seeing, hearing and being has never been for everyone. That's why Shiva invented ear plugs and blinders. But when someone named pascodedhed emailed me asking: "Why don't you record yourself taking a shit and call that music?" It got me to thinking: "Now there's an eye dear." Mic-ing a bathroom then broadcasting it live into a gallery space (and vice-versa) might have possibility. Of course the installation would have to be done in Flushing Meadows. Anyhow, kudos to David for trying to open some ears. Be sure to check out the video. It's worth the eye time. And who knows, maybe we can figure out a way to bring that organ to the US/Mexico border and install it on the wall some day? Now wouldn't that be something...