LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY + Subatomic Sound System

Thu Nov 2 2017

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Dante's

350 West Burnside Street Portland, OR 97209

$20.00

Ages 21+

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Lee "Scratch" Perry revisits his classic Black Ark album that defined Jamaican dub music, reincarnating the magic for today's sound system generation. How do you improve on a masterpiece? 41 years after Lee "Scratch" Perry defined dub music with his seminal 1976 Super Ape concept album, the musical genius at the age of 81 returns with NYC's Subatomic Sound System to conquer again. Subatomic reincarnates the classic magic of Perry's Black Ark studio in Jamaica, leaning even heavier on Ethiopian horns & percussion, while invigorating it for urban jungles with booming Subatomic beats and bass to capture the energy of their innovative live electronic show. The original album was a cornerstone in the development of independent, producer fueled, beat and bass driven music. The new album aims to crystalize for the new millennium what is possible by combining old and new technology to achieve unprecendented levels of real time improvisation and sound manipulation between acoustic instruments and computers that explodes previous notions of the line between live performance and studio recording. 

To say that Super Ape defined dub, is to say that it created a blueprint for where most music has arrived 41 years later when it now is commonplace for a producer to be considered an artist, work from a home studio, sample and remix existing songs, and have the beat and bassline at the forefront of the song, perhaps replacing singing with rhythmic talking or with echoes and effects and no vocals at all. In 1976, it was unheard of, unimaginable, and even unacceptable to many, but Lee Perry did it and now it is commonplace from electronic music to trap. More than a re-creation, this new album breaks ground of its own; first, for its fluid combination of improvisational electronic performance with live instruments in a way that finally sees instruments and computers dynamically interacting like a live band should, while simultaneously being mixed like a studio recording (rather than live instruments simply playing over static backing tracks); and secondly, it blurs the line between a live and studio album, combining elements from tour performances based on the original studio album with new tempo synced studio recordings to get that "lightning in a bottle" chemistry of the moment. "Every night, we set up a sort of digital studio on stage as an instrument in the band, taking Scratch's whole process of dub mixing out of the confines of the studio and onto the stage so that instead of just hitting play, it allows us to remix and arrange the music in real time in a way that is not unlike a like a jazz solo. That is how we create the live show, but it also allows us to take it back into the studio to create an album with that same live energy and spontaneity," says Emch. 

SPIRIT "Me see how God make nature and me create that sound. Me never copy no man." Dub for Lee Scratch Perry, and particularly on Super Ape, represented a calculated move away from the vanity of superstar singers and the rising celebrity of reggae globally, in favor of a spiritual journey into the interconnectedness of the life force of nature throughout all things...

 

 

 

 

 

DAZE OF THE DEAD and DANTE'S PRESENTS
LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY + Subatomic Sound System

  • Lee Scratch Perry

    Lee Scratch Perry

    Dub

    Eccentric producer and Grammy winning reggae & dub artist "Lee “Scratch” Perry" celebrates his
    80th year on earth and 40th anniversary of his landmark album "Super Ape"
    Lee "Scratch" Perry will perform the Super Ape album in its entirety with NYC's Subatomic Sound
    System, his hybrid band of new school electronics and veteran Jamaican musicians from Perry's Black
    Ark era recordings. They will also perform brand new music like their latest single "Black Ark Vampires"
    and other classics from Perry's work with the likes of Bob Marley & Max Romeo.
    Lee "Scratch" Perry & Subatomic Sound System's new release "Black Ark Vampires" is currently topping
    charts http://bit.ly/BAVss 
    Producer, mixer and Grammy-winning reggae dub artist, Lee “Scratch” Perry has been overturning
    tradition and confounding conventional wisdom for more than five decades. In the process, the widely
    acknowledged father of dub reggae became arguably the first creatively driven "artist-producer" in
    modern recorded music. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Perry on their list of the 100 Greatest
    Artists of All Time.
    Born in Jamaica in 1936, Lee Perry began in the music business in the 1950’s and by the 1960’s became
    known for his innovative production techniques as well as his eccentric character. His first single "People
    Funny Boy" in 1968 was notable for its innovative use of sampling as well as a fast, chugging beat that
    would soon become identifiable as "reggae". Concurrent with his own releases with the Upsetters, Perry
    produced numerous reggae artists at his Black Ark studio, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, The
    Heptones, and Max Romeo.
    After his famed Black Ark Studio was consumed by fire, Perry took refuge in England and the U.S.,
    performing live and making records with collaborators from a wide range of musical genres, all artists who
    had been inspired by his innovative work: British dub producers Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor,
    punk legends The Clash and Public Image, rap innovators the Beastie Boys, and in recent years the
    Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, Funkadelic's George Clinton, rocker Andrew W.K., electronic artists like
    The Orb, and of course NYC bass music specialists Subatomic Sound System who back in 2007
    collaborated with Dubblestandart on Scratch's first dubstep remixes.  
    For over six years in the USA, Subatomic Sound System has been Scratch's go to band for bringing his
    Black Ark Studio sound live to the stage, a unique hybrid configuration that brings together a handful of
    live musicians like veteran Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald with computers and live dub mixing of
    classic recordings as well as brand new sounds Scratch hears from outer space.  Lee “Scratch” Perry,
    now into his sixth decade as a pop-music provocateur, has few peers when it comes to fresh ideas and
    their implementation.  He remains one of the world’s most imaginative sonic architects.
    Watch this playlist of Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System starting War Ina Babylon at
    Coachella 2013: https://youtu.be/CvUswefcglU?list=PLrSutf-KvSF4UTRF4- _nv7g7LWaQttO8F

  • Subatomic Sound System

    Subatomic Sound System

    World

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DAZE OF THE DEAD and DANTE'S PRESENTS

LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY + Subatomic Sound System

Thu Nov 2 2017 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Dante's Portland OR
LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY + Subatomic Sound System

$20.00 Ages 21+

Lee "Scratch" Perry revisits his classic Black Ark album that defined Jamaican dub music, reincarnating the magic for today's sound system generation. How do you improve on a masterpiece? 41 years after Lee "Scratch" Perry defined dub music with his seminal 1976 Super Ape concept album, the musical genius at the age of 81 returns with NYC's Subatomic Sound System to conquer again. Subatomic reincarnates the classic magic of Perry's Black Ark studio in Jamaica, leaning even heavier on Ethiopian horns & percussion, while invigorating it for urban jungles with booming Subatomic beats and bass to capture the energy of their innovative live electronic show. The original album was a cornerstone in the development of independent, producer fueled, beat and bass driven music. The new album aims to crystalize for the new millennium what is possible by combining old and new technology to achieve unprecendented levels of real time improvisation and sound manipulation between acoustic instruments and computers that explodes previous notions of the line between live performance and studio recording. 

To say that Super Ape defined dub, is to say that it created a blueprint for where most music has arrived 41 years later when it now is commonplace for a producer to be considered an artist, work from a home studio, sample and remix existing songs, and have the beat and bassline at the forefront of the song, perhaps replacing singing with rhythmic talking or with echoes and effects and no vocals at all. In 1976, it was unheard of, unimaginable, and even unacceptable to many, but Lee Perry did it and now it is commonplace from electronic music to trap. More than a re-creation, this new album breaks ground of its own; first, for its fluid combination of improvisational electronic performance with live instruments in a way that finally sees instruments and computers dynamically interacting like a live band should, while simultaneously being mixed like a studio recording (rather than live instruments simply playing over static backing tracks); and secondly, it blurs the line between a live and studio album, combining elements from tour performances based on the original studio album with new tempo synced studio recordings to get that "lightning in a bottle" chemistry of the moment. "Every night, we set up a sort of digital studio on stage as an instrument in the band, taking Scratch's whole process of dub mixing out of the confines of the studio and onto the stage so that instead of just hitting play, it allows us to remix and arrange the music in real time in a way that is not unlike a like a jazz solo. That is how we create the live show, but it also allows us to take it back into the studio to create an album with that same live energy and spontaneity," says Emch. 

SPIRIT "Me see how God make nature and me create that sound. Me never copy no man." Dub for Lee Scratch Perry, and particularly on Super Ape, represented a calculated move away from the vanity of superstar singers and the rising celebrity of reggae globally, in favor of a spiritual journey into the interconnectedness of the life force of nature throughout all things...

 

 

 

 

 

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