Words by Lewis Brideson
There are so many audio/visual remixes, flips and mash-ups on the Internet these days that often their execution struggles to be fresh. Enter local producer Tim Whitt (The Waterslides, DJ BottleRockets) and his two performances of Fringe show Heartache & Drum Breaks, which have been three years in the making. Whitt had a smorgasbord of songs to slice samples from, but more importantly he sewed them together with meaning and groove.
Oh yeah, and he did it live.
Whitt’s take on cutting up and stitching back together the last 50 years of music, with visual wizardry from Trav Nash, sure lived up to the hype. His final show in the Garden saw an extra long line of garden-goers only just cram into the Deluxe tent for his ‘listening party’. Following a humbling thank you to all involved Whitt burst into his set using a bunch of gear aside a big ol’ mixing desk to piece together a lesson in pop culture. It was a wet dream for audiophiles, a jigsaw puzzle for crate diggers.
Keeping it original from the recorded album, Whitt added more samples so prior listeners were kept on their toes. The accompanying visuals were beyond being just an encyclopedia of references. They were clever, cut to the beat, alternate perspectives on the songs and hints at the buried samples.
Having Dr. Bowman from 2001 gaze into space while Slash’s welcoming guitar lick loops, before Clint smirks at Morricone’s warped whistle while Poo Bear tumbles as Paul sings ‘Hey Dude’ atop ‘Still D.R.E.’ and a break-beat that a few minutes ago fit to that Stranglers song during a kung-fu fight scene…
Some guy I overheard on the way out was right: ‘you don’t need any drugs for that’.
If you were unfortunate enough to miss Heartache & Drum Breaks this time around pray for its revival in the future. In the meantime you can download and indulge in the recorded album here: