Girl Talk in Hanoi

03Aug09

Girl Talk

If you hadn’t heard, Girl Talk is coming to Hanoi for a gig on August 15th and if you’re scheduled to be out of town, you should probably rethink your travel plans. Even if mash-up… sorry, plunder-phonic is not your cup of tea, the man is a performer, despite the fact he’s only armed with a laptop, and his gigs often end up looking like this, so you’d be most unwise to miss this.

Just for the record, he doesn’t just press play and let the laptop do the rest…

“While we were talking, Gillis grabbed part of a Tupac Shakur song, looping both a vocal snippet and part of the drumbeat. (The software is able to lock all these loops into one time signature.)

Gillis brought up a series of windows on his screen, each representing a collection of loops that could be played in any order. To perform a live set, Gillis has to turn a new loop on and off every few seconds, or choose to let several go on longer if he feels like getting up and dancing. The software is not set up to execute a long, complicated series of decisions on his behalf. He has to re-create the mix every night.”

And Mr. Sasha Frere Jones said that so it must be true. Although apparently he could press play and just dance around in his boxers:

“If there was ever somebody who could simply hit “Play” and bounce around, it is Gillis. With some version of the Girl Talk mashup coming from the speakers and Gillis jumping out of his pants, most concertgoers would feel as though they had got what they paid for. There is no longer any way of telling whether or not the Wizard is behind the curtain. Does it matter?”

Check out the C.A.M.A. site for address, map and other details — you should note the gig is not at the same place as the Ratatat show and other previous C.A.M.A. events, but it is very close to that spot…

Also, you might be interested in checking out the film RIP A Mix Manifesto in which “web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis [of Girl Talk], serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age.”

The film asks “are [Girl Talk’s] practices legal? Do his methods of frenetic appropriation embrace collaboration in its purest sense? Or are they infractions of creative integrity and violations of copyright?”

The film might also answer these questions but you’ll have to go to find out

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2 Responses to “Girl Talk in Hanoi”

  1. Lucky you!
    I wish they’d come and play in Saigon… 😦


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