“The best DJs are griots, and whether their stores are conscious or unconscious narratives are implicit in the sampling idea. Every story leads to another story to another story to another story. But at the same time, they might be called “music before the impact of language,” or pre-linguistic stories. Core myths from the binary opposition at the center of the human mind. In the twenty-first century, stories disappear and evaporate as soon as they’re heard, a sonic and cultural entropy. Mass counterbalances rhythm science’s entropic drift, though, as the physical density of information becomes a new field open for interpretation. “
After reading the next section in DJ Spooky’s text many different paragraphs caught my eye. However, the one mentioned above really stood out to me for many different reasons. From reading DJ Spooky’s work thus far, the main sections and paragraphs that I have really enjoyed are the ones that make me go back and re-read. This paragraph was one of those. Within this paragraph I believe he pulls out some of the biggest topics that we have been discussing in class.
To begin, the first sentence relates to our discussion on “citizen archives”. In this sentence I immediately was confused with the word griot. Is griot a popular word and I’m the only one that doesn’t know what it means? Well anyways, I looked up that word first and foremost and found this definition: “a storytelling in western Africa who perpetuates the oral tradition and history of a village or family,” (Webster’s free dictionary). What I took from our discussion yesterday in class—is that a “citizen archive” is an archive wrote by someone who is not trained or employed to do so. Although we came up with many different definitions for this broad term—this seemed to be the one that I most agreed with. This sentence relates to that idea because it is showing how DJ’s can be “storytellers” or “archivers” of their own lives; thus being the citizen archiver.
The next sentence in this paragraph also applies to that idea. “Every story leads to another story to another story to another story.” I believe that this is why archives are important. They are a constant flow of stories that help us recount our personal lives as well as the lives of many others. Therefore, each separate archive can lead to another story or another archive. So maybe we can even say that a DJ’s song combining many different songs can be a set of archives? They may be taking it too far, but it is defiantly something to keep in mind.
The next part of this paragraph that really intrigues me is the last sentence “Mass counterbalances…..” What I take from his title “Rhythm Science” is that it is the creation of art from a flow of ideas and patterns. Therefore, in this sentence I believe the flow of ideas, patterns, and creation of new ideas becomes a new subject open for interpretation from the society.
DJ Spooky’s novel as a whole is a very intriguing piece of work. This paragraph stands out to me for a variety of different reasons—especially how it connects to our class discussion.
Question: Are the ways that DJ combine songs copying other music or archiving it and producing a new story? Could we consider DJs archivers of the music world?