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DJ Spooky has participated in two new book projects.

One is Green Patriot Posters. DJ Spooky's Manifesto for a People's Republic of Antarctica graphic design prints are included along with several of his friends like Shep Fairey and others. Make your own poster manifesto for a better world!!
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DJ Spooky also has participated in renowned photographer Lyle Owerko's new book "The Boombox Project" on the history of boomboxes.

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Copyright Criminals Copyright Criminals - a Documentary by Ben Frantzen and Kembrew Mcleod
I'm in this movie, and I think that they did an excellent job. They have many friends and peers of mine - Jeff Chang, Chuck D (who appeared on my album "Drums of Death"), Clyde Stubblefiend, the drummer for James Brown, and many others. I HIGHLY recommend this film for anyone who is interested in digital culture.!



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THE SECRET SONG
The New Album and DVD
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DJ Spookyʼs new project “The Secret Song” – isnʼt really an album: itʼs a manifesto about the place of history in our modern collaged, scrambled, sampla-delic to the core, mega info overloaded digital culture. With references stretching from Thorstein Veblenʼs “Theory of the Leisure Class” and John Maynard Keynes classic in the field of economics “The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money” over to hip hopʼs relationship to psychoanalysis and a la Edward Bernayʼs concept of the “manufacture of consent” – DJ Spookyʼs new album is a groundbreaking meditation on hip hop and electronic musics relationship to philosophy, economics, and the science of sound in a world where the steady drumbeat of the financial meltdown has made music the last refuge of young people with less and less time and money. DJ Spookyʼs peer group of artists like DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, RJD2, DJ Logic, Amon Tobin, and Coldcut have all played with the idea of concept albums. With “The Secret Song” DJ Spooky looks to bands like Nine Inch Nails, and Radiohead for inspiration. As DJ Spooky likes to say "people - it's ALL about economics." Dig?

DJ Spooky: The Secret Song The album "The Secret Song" is centered on the collision between economics and globalization in sound. The title track is a story told in Mandarin by Jing Zhou, a young Chinese novelist and economist from Shanghai. DJ Spooky wrote the lyrics as a "free-style" based on remixing Adam Smith's infamous concept of "the invisible hand" and asked Jing Zhou to translate the material into Mandarin. //THIS is the translated text of the lyrics [pdf].

United 4 Iran video featuring "Azadi" by DJ Spooky with Sussan Deyhim.

Azadi (single 12" cover)

"The Secret Song" album will be accompanied by a DVD of a rare film from the Russian Revolution, the 1924 film "Kino-Glaz" (Cinema Eye) by the renowned Russian Director Dziga Vertov. DJ Spooky rescored the film, and re-mastered the footage in NY for the DVD to accompany his album.
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featuring renowned Iranian singer, Sussan Deyhim.

Lyrics to the song AZADI
by Rumi


SHOW ME YOUR FACE
i crave
flowers and gardens
open your lips
i crave
the taste of honey
come out from
behind the clouds
i desire a sunny face

your voice echoed
saying “leave me alone”
i wish to hear your voice
again saying “leave me alone”
i swear this city without you
is a prison

i am dying to get out
to roam in deserts and mountains

i am tired of
flimsy friends and
submissive companions
i am blue hearing
nagging voices and meek cries
i desire loud music
drunken parties and

wild dances
one hand holding
a cup of wine
one hand caressing your hair
then dancing in orbital circle
that is what i yearn for

i can sing better than any nightingale
but because of
this cityʼs freaks
i seal my lips
while my heart weeps

yesterday the wisest man
holding a lit lantern
in daylight
was searching around town saying
i am tired of
all these beast and brutes
i seek
a true human

we have all looked
for one but
no one could be found
they said

yes he replied
but my search is
for the one
who cannot be found





Itʼs been a while since DJ Spooky has released a new album, but during the interim, heʼs been busy. Very busy. Over the last couple of years DJ Spooky (real name, Paul Miller), has shot films in Antarctica, produced a “remix” of the infamous film from the beginnings of American cinema D.W. Griffith, and yes, heʼs produced one of MIT Pressʼs top selling books of the last couple of years, “Sound Unbound” featuring essays from legendary figures like Steve Reich, Pierre Boulez, Chuck D, Daphne Keller (the Senior Legal Counsel to Google), Saul Williams, Brian Eno, Moby, and many others. If thatʼs not enough, heʼs been very very very busy reconstructing the role of the DJ as an artist with solo shows at highly established art venues like The Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, Robert Miller Gallery. And oh - and heʼs even had a large concert at The Acropolis in Athens. Even the master of collage rock, Beck, remixed DJ Spooky for his first series of mixes online. Thatʼs serious praise indeed!

According to DJ Spooky, his new album ironically refers to a couple of things:
1) The “Secret Song” is made by failed ATM transactions, credit card fraud, and jazz motifs made into stock exchanges, and the futures market.
2) It is an album that says 2012 isnʼt the end of time, like the Mayan Calendar says – its just the end of the last Walmart.
3) The economics of music as the music industry as we know it goes through massive transformation – itʼs the new Stop and Shop of the Mind.
4) The Secret Song has tracks hidden in barcode throughout most of downtown Manhattan. Donʼt believe us? Swipe your Iphone anywhere you see barcode…

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With “The Secret Song” we look back at the 20th century and see a couple of massive changes that put it in what DJ Spooky calls “history through lens of the sample.” Which brings us to the DVD that accompanies the new album. As you might expect from an artist whose music was the orchestration was voted the “Best Political Video of 2007” on Youtube, thereʼs an extra twist in the situation. Following in the steps of The Cinematic Orchestraʼs rescore of Dziga Vertovʼs cinema classic “Man with A Camera” – DJ Spooky remixed and created new music for Vertovʼs rare first collage film “Kino-Glaz,” the “Cinema-Eye,” from 1921. With Russian cinema and the history of sampling, DJ Spooky flips old school and new school sounds into a sonic fiction landscape where rock meets dub and experimental jazz to create an album that links studio techniques like Terminator with a massive glitch. In fact, DJ Spooky says “The Secret Song” was made by Terminator 8 two summer blockbusters in the future. Seriously.

What do people think about re-constructing a classic song of a band that is one of the most sampled bands in hip hop, like Led Zeppelin? How do you make dub out of it and add strings? Ask the Golden Arm Ensemble that plays strings on most of the songs of the album.

“The Secret Song” is a relentless questioning of what experimental hip hop is about: pushing boundaries, looking at global changes in hip hop and jazz, and above all building bridges through collaboration: Iran, India, China, and the Republic of New York figure prominently on the new album. If Erik B and Rakim changed the course of hip hop when they sampled Ofra Haza, then “The Secret Song” is DJ Spookyʼs update on the hidden connection between world music and hip hop from a downtown NY, 21st century style.

From lyrics based loosely on Adam Smithʼs “The Wealth of Nations” read by a Chinese economist, Jing Zhou in Mandarin, to speeches from Cold War adversaries in the midst of a debate aobut the future of ideas – “The Secret Song” is DJ Spookyʼs take on the changing world of 21st century music, economics, and global culture. With material taken from collaborations with people as diverse as Sonic Youthʼs Thurston Moore, to Vijay Iyer, old school African hip hop legends Zimbabwe Legit, stunning turntablism with Rob Swift the legendary leader of the turntablist crew The Xecutioners, to political hip hop from The Coup, The Jungle Brothers, the renowned Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim (who sings in Farsi), Abdul Smooth from India, DJ Spooky connects the dots between jazz, classical music, and the struggle to create new, dynamic relationships between old school hip hop and the 21st centuryʼs rapidly changing info- culture landscape. The Post Modern Jazz Quartetʼs track “Pax Per Fidem” shares a title from an organization in Arthur C. Clarkes last novel “The Last Theorem”, and thereʼs a new voice in hip hop and R & B from Australia, Emah Fox. The Secret Song is an album that put DJ Spookyʼs brand of conceptual hip hop front and center with an eerily accessible palette of material that touches on rockʼs relationship to dub with reconstructions of Led Zeppelinʼs classic songs “Dazed and Confused” and “No Quarter” to more contemporary material from the legendary Radiohead, DJ Spooky relentlessly pursues a kind of eclecticism at the heart of when hip hop was new.

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