The basic language of the DJ is the loop: a short sample of music repeated end-to-end. It’s the backbone of Hip-Hop and club music.
DJ Spooky, a.k.a. That Subliminal Kid, a.k.a. Paul D. Miller, has made his way from clubs to the university lecture hall to the Whitney Biennial, scratching a path between new sounds and old hooks. Now he’s on the road with his turntable technology and personal philosophy of “make-it-your-own culture” with a new version of “Birth of a Nation,” the controversial epic of the Civil War.
The 1915 film depicts blacks as bug-eyed clowns and drunkards and glorifies the Ku Klux Klan. DJ Spooky asks people to examine those images with a fresh eye. He calls it his “Re-Birth of a Nation.”
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, author of “Rhythm Science” and conceptual artist and musician. and creator of the multi-media re-mix” “Rebirth of a Nation”