Brian Eno remixes Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective’s “Peradam”

Brian Eno remixes Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective’s “Peradam”
The track is part of a deluxe box set due out Friday, including a 7-track remix record titled The Perfect Vision: Reworkings.

By Raphael Helfand

November 23, 2022

Left to right: Soundwalk Collective’s Stephan Crasneanscki, photo courtesy of Bella Union; Brian Eno, photo by Cecily Eno; Patti Smith, courtesy of Bella Union.

 

Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective have produced a startling amount of collaborative work in the past few years, dropping an album trilogy based on the world travels that inspired the work of three icons of French poetry. Early 2019’s The Peyote Dance focused on Antonin Artaud’s hallucinatory journey through the Sierra Tarahumara in Mexico; Mummer Love, released later the same year, centered Arthur Rimbaud’s travels in Ethiopia’s Abyssinian valley; and 2020’s Peradam recounted René Daumal’s trip through the Himalayas. All three projects were recorded on location.

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Today, in anticipation of a box set comprising those LPs as well as a seven-track record titled The Perfect Vision: Reworkings, Bella Union has shared Brian Eno’s remix of Peradam’s title track. Eno’s version of the piece compresses it down to a just over half its original length and infuses its originally minimal instrumentation with eerie, rattling percussion and ominous, droning synths.

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In addition to Eno’s remix, the forthcoming project will feature reimaginings of Smith and Soundwalk’s joint work from Laraaji, Lotic, Lucrecia Dalt, Atom TM, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and Jim Jarmusch. (The latter two artists’ contributions — “Song of the Highest Tower” and “Eternity,” respectively, have already been released.) Listen to the new track and view The Perfect Vision: Reworkings’ tracklist below.

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The Perfect Vision: Reworkings tracklist

1. Peradam (Brian Eno remix)
2. Song Of The Highest Tower (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith rework)
3. Ivry (Laraaji rework)
4. Bad Blood (Lotic rework)
5. Indian Culture (Lucrecia Dalt remix)
7. Song Of The Highest Tower (AtomTM remix)
7. Eternity (Jim Jarmusch rework)

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Patti Smith gets the key to NYC

Patti Smith gets the key to NYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio presented the honor to Smith on Monday.

By Raphael Helfand

December 28, 2021

Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

 

Patti Smith received a key to New York City Monday afternoon during outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press conference. De Blasio presented Smith with the honor, detailing her importance to the city as an artist and public figure.

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“For any of us who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s, there were many, many voices out there, many artists out there, many musicians out there, but there was only one Patti Smith,” the Mayor said, referring to Smith as “the godmother of punk” later in his speech. “[She] has an authenticity that you just didn’t find, in my view, that many other places — an ability to cut through all the swirl around us and speak some more profound truths.”

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Smith accepted the key and reflected on her life as a New Yorker.

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“I came here in 1967 from a rural area of South Jersey,” she remembered. “I had just a few dollars in my pocket, nowhere to stay, no real prospects. But I came here to get a job and to see what I was made of.”

She recalled the 12 years she spent there and the friends she made — Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Shepard, et al. — before moving to Detroit and marrying Fred “Sonic” Smith. When Smith died in 1994, she returned to New York with their two children.

“It was…probably the hardest time in my life, [but] the city embraced me again, gave me another chance to rebuild my life and continue to evolve as an artist,” she said. “So I wish I could give New York City the key to me.”

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After her speech and a conversation with the mayor, she performed “Ghost Dance” with Lenny Kaye, the guitarist and composer with whom she wrote the song in 1978. Watch it all below.

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Over 600 artists, including Noname and Questlove, sign open letter in support of Palestinian rights

Over 600 artists, including Noname and Questlove, sign open letter in support of Palestinian rights
The #MusiciansForPalestine letter seeks “justice, dignity and the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people.”

By Jordan Darville

May 27, 2021

600 musicians have signed the #MusiciansForPalestine letter, a document calling for an end to human rights abuses to Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and worldwide. Some of the artists who have added their names include Noname, Run The Jewels, Rage Against The Machine, Mustafa, Nicolás Jaar, Machel Montano, India Jordan, Marie Davidson, Patti Smith, and Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots.

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The letter, which you can read in full here, was published on Thursday morning in response to the Israeli government’s assault on Gaza and the West Bank, a campaign that has killed over 245 Palestinians and wounded thousands. “The Israeli government operates a settler-colonial project committed to the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population,” the letter reads. “The legacies of systemic violence, racism, and dispossession shaped by colonialism must stop.”

The text asks governments around the world to “to stop funding all resources and technologies that back the Israeli state and their war crimes,” and urges more artists to take part in solidarity. “We call for you to join us with your name in refusing to perform at Israel’s complicit cultural institutions, and by standing firm in your support of the Palestinian people and their human right to sovereignty and freedom. We believe this is crucial to one day live in a world without segregation and apartheid.”

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