dj spooky (that subliminal kid)

Rhythm science

Excerpts and allegories from the Sub Rosa audio archives


CD digipack


Dj Spooky remixes the complete catalogue
of Sub Rosa.
The result is a complete re-building of the label
in an unique piece of 80 minutes constructed
with more than 50 parts. (2004 - part one)

Paul D. Miller is a "conceptual" artist, writer and musician working in NYC. His work as writer appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, Raygun, Rap Pages, Paper Magazine, and a host of other periodicals. He is, as well, co-publisher -with the African American poet Steve Canon- of the magazine "A Gathering of the Tribes" , words of the "multi-cultural". Miller was also the first Editor-At-Large of the cutting edge digital media magazine "Artbyte: The Magazine of Digital Culture." His personal work and artistic creations appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial, The Venice Biennial for Architecture (year 2000), the Ludwig Museum in Cologne - Germany, Kunsthalle - Vienna, The Andy Warhol Museum - Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. But Paul D. Miller is better known for his work as "Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid". He released under this pseudo a lot of music and collaborated with a wide range of musicians and composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Butch Morris, Kool Keith a.k.a. Doctor Octagon, Pierre Boulez, Killa Priest from Wu-Tang Clan, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth a.o. His most recent album "Optometry" is a jazz project featuring Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe Mcphee, Carl Hancock Rux, Daniel Bernard Roumain and High Priest from Anti-Pop Consortium. "Modern Mantra" a mix CD of the Instinct/Shadow Records catalog was released during Summer 2002 in conjunction with "Optometry". He also published as DJ Spooky, articles and books, such as his upcoming book, "Sound Unbound", which is an anthology of writings about sound, art and multimedia, published in 2003 on Routledge Press.

"Once you get into the flow of things, you're always haunted by the way that things could have turned out. This outcome, that conclusion. You get my drift. The uncertainty is what holds the story together, and that's what I'm going to talk about."
-Rhythm Science

The conceptual artist Paul Miller, also known as Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid, delivers a manifesto for rhythm science-the creation of art from the flow of patterns in sound and culture, "the changing same." Taking the Dj's mix as template, he describes how the artist, navigating the innumerable ways to arrange the mix of cultural ideas and objects that bombard us, uses technology and art to create something new and expressive and endlessly variable. Technology provides the method and model; information on the web, like the elements of a mix, doesn't stay in one place. And technology is the medium, bridging the artist's consciousness and the outside world.

Miller constructed his Dj Spooky persona ("spooky" from the eerie sounds of hip-hop, techno, ambient, and the other music that he plays) as a conceptual art project, but then came to see it as the opportunity for "coding a generative syntax for new languages of creativity." For example: "Start with the inspiration of George Herriman's Krazy Kat comic strip. Make a track invoking his absurd landscapes... What do tons and tons of air pressure moving in the atmosphere sound like? Make music that acts as a metaphor for that kind of immersion or density." Or, for an online "remix" of two works by Marcel Duchamp: "I took a lot of his material written on music and flipped it into a DJ mix of his visual material-with him rhyming!"

Tracing the genealogy of Rhythm Science, Miller cites sources and influences as varied as Ralph Waldo Emerson ("all minds quote"), Grandmaster Flash, W. E. B Dubois, James Joyce, and Eminem. "The story unfolds while the fragments coalesce," he writes.

Miller's textual provocations are designed for maximum visual and tactile seduction by the international studio COMA (Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans). They sustain the book's motifs of recontextualizing and relayering, texts and images bleed through from page to page, creating what amount to 2.5 dimensional vectors. From its remarkable velvet flesh cover, to the die cut hole through the center of the book, which reveals the colored nub holding in place the included audio CD, Rhythm Science: Excerpts and Allegories from the Sub Rosa Archives, this pamphlet truly lives up to Editorial Director Peter Lunenfeld's claim that the Mediawork Pamphlets are "theoretical fetish objects . . . 'zines for grown-ups."


Yoshio Machida
Sussan Deyhim
Nuuk Posse
Dj Grazhoppa
Bill Laswell
e.e. cummings
Dj Wally
Gertrude Stein
Charles Hayward
Tristan Tzara
James Joyce
Yoshiro Hanno
David Shea
Marcel Duchamp
Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Meira Asher & Guy Harries
Jilala de Tanger
William S. Burroughs + Martin Olson
Kim Cascone
Vladimir Maiakovski
Claude Debussy
Tobias Hazan
Giacinto Scelsi
Trilok Gurtu
Luciano Berio
Brion Gysin
Jon Hassel
C.M. von Hausswolff
Guillaume Apollinaire
Nicholas James Bullen
Gilles Deleuze
Morton Feldman
David Toop
Mouse on Mars
Lee Renaldo
Patti Smith


01 Yoshio Machida "Afterimage"
mixed w/ Sussan Deyhim "The First Reading"
02 Tibetan Evening Music
03 Nuuk Posse "Poesi" mixed w/
Dj Grazhoppa "Milky Remix" of Bill Laswell
04 Directions "Encode" mixed w/ E.E. Cummings
"Let's From Some Loud Unworld's Most Rightful Wrong "
05 Dj Wally "Zeta Reticulli" mixed w/
Gertrude Stein "If I told him, a completed portrait of Picasso"
06 Charles Hayward "Accidents and Emergencies"
07 Bill Laswell "Oscillations (Vedic's live pop remix)"
08 Vedic "Kali Rising" mixed w/ Tristan Tzara "Pour compte (phases, 1949)"
09 Oval "April Remix" mixed w/ James Joyce
"Anna Livia Plurabelle (Finnegans Wake)" (needs to be louder....)
10 Oval vs Yoshiro Hanno "April Remix"
& Oval vs Main "SDII Audio Template"
11 David Shea "Satyricon" mixed w/ Marcel Duchamp "some texts from a l'infinitif"
12 Scola Hungarica "Sanctus"
13 Jean Luc Fafchamps "Chrysanthemum haradjanii"
mixed w/ Meira Asher & Guy Harries "Girl"
14 Darba Del Hameni "Jilala de Tangier"
15 Jean Luc Fafchamps "Ground"
16 Seefeel "Is It Now?"
17 Dj Wally "Bitchley's Kow Korn" mixed w/ "In Principio"
extract from Easter Nocturnal Liturgy
18 Scanner "Fuse"
19 William S. Burroughs and Martin Olson "The 5 Steps"
20 Kim Cascone/Scanner "Atavistic Endeavor"
21 Scanner "Control Phantom"
22 Merzbow "Lux Automobile/Krokodil Rock Mix"
23 Yoshio Machida "Afterimage" mixed w/
Vladimir Maiakovski "Aventure Extraordinaire Arrivée à Vladimir Maiakovski"
24 Claude Debussy "D'un cahier d'esquisses"
25 David Shea + Tobias Hazan
"Mémoires d'un surfeur au bord du désert"
26 Disjecta "Bad Day for Wasps"
27 Mat:ik "Indigo"
28 Giancinto Scelsi "Suite number 11"
29 Bill Laswell with Trilok Gurtu "Nothing"
30 Luciano Berio""Brin" mixed w/ Laswell's "Dislocation"
31 Brion Gysin "One Night @ the 1001"
32 Tibetan Evening music
33 Jon Hassel "Map of Dusk"
34 C.M. von Hausswolff "With the Flow Against The Current"
35 Jellaba Titara "Gnaoua De Abenb Binizi"
mixed w/ Guillaume Apollinaire "Pont Mirabeau"
36 Nicholas James Bullen "Again and Again""
mixed w/ violin from Brion Gysin recording "@ 1001"
37 Gilles Deleuze "Mille Plateaux"
38 Nûs "lament" drum break mixed w/
Morton Feldman "Triadic Memories"
39 Nûs "Lament" drum break mixed
w/ David Toop "Tricyrtis Latifalia"
40 Mouse on Mars "Subnubus "
41 Lee Reynaldo's remix of ""Konstantin Raudive"
42 Patti Smith "Morning High" / Sussan Deyhim "The Last Reading"