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The WIRED CD: What the Artists Think

Glenn Otis Brown, October 27th, 2004

One of the many cool aspects of the November issue of WIRED are the blurbs about each artist who contributed to the CD. In the print mag, they dot the many-page Creative Commons spread like Easter eggs. Example:

Track 7: Dan the Automator/Relaxation Spa Treatment

The busy brain behind groups like Deltron 3030, Dr. Octagon, and
Lovage, Dan Nakamura has made a career out of mashing the styles and
sounds of an eclectic array of partners. “The music is always greater
than just the sum of the contributors’ parts,” he says. Thus a concept
album featuring Brit-pop icon Damon Albarn, underground rapper Del the
Funkee Homosapien, and experimental turntablist Kid Koala could have
easily been a schizophrenic mess, but as produced by Nakamura, the
Gorillaz was a slick and smart style hybrid that became an
international smash. “I make collages,” he says. “I’m not the kind of
guy who samples big, obvious loops from hit songs. I’m more interested
in finding lots of random little tones from all over and then creating
a totally new track out of the pieces.”

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