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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Old World Vs. New World Pt. 1

posted by on August 30 at 11:46 AM

This is the beginning of a new weekly serial about the relations to be made between classical music and modern pop. The first installment is:

Bach Vs. The Wu-Tang Clan (Remixed By Funkstorung)


Bach’s Die Kunst Der Fuge (or Art Of The Fugue) is just that, a rigorous detailing and blue-printing of just how exquisitely baroque his fugue’s were. This one is my favorite. It is the first of 14 Contrapunctus simply called Contrapunctus 1.

The players are The Keller String Quartet. It was recorded in 1997 for the ECM label. The playing is very minimal with very little vibrato on the strings. They are really trying to bring you the essence of each voice and bring out each vocal line in the fugue. I find this version to be nothing short of perfect.



I’m not a huge rap fan, but I do like the general hi-jinx that The Wu-Tang Clan get up to in their music. Whether it’s the ninja rap stuff or the “i’ve smoked to much weed for my voice to make any sense” stuff, they are generally one of the most entertaining outfits out there.

Bach will most likely be rolling in his grave at the mere sound of the opening salvo: ” It’s Wu motherfuckers. Wu-Tang motherfuckers” But maybe back in the 1730’s there was no word for “motherfucker”. So I’ll just assume he wouldn’t know what we were talking about.



Funkstorung take their shit to a whole other level. Like Bach, Funkstorung use programmed rythms to “sing” out in squelchy tones and scribble-y, sketchy beats letting each line fade with bell-chime tones. Quick, dirty and minimal. Funkstorung make some of the most reasonable and sensible minimalist techno out there. They are also German, like Bach, so maybe it’s something in the water over there. Their fit with The Wu-Tang Clan is perfection. Give it a listen, you’ll see.

J.S. Bach - Contrapunctus 1 from “Die Kunst Der Fuge”
Wu-Tang Clan - Reunited (Reunixed By Funkstorung)

See the Wu-Tang Clan Monday night at Bumbershoot. 9:30, Memorial Stadium.

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funkstorung are great.. although the newest album was lacking... the remixes are the some of the best tracks they've done. (A Guy Called Gerald especially.. although Jay Jay Johanson is a very close second for me)

Posted by apoptosis | August 30, 2007 6:50 PM

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