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Paul D. Miller is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician working in New York. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, The Wire, Rap Pages, Paper Magazine, and a host of other periodicals. Miller's first collection of essays, Rhythm Science, was published by MIT Press in April 2004, and was included in several year-end lists of the best books of 2004, ... Read more in Amazon's DJ Spooky Store

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  • Vinyl (23 Mar. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP, Maxi
  • Label: Asphodel
  • ASIN: B0000061GO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Simon Mack - uk creative TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
like his full length Cd/lp "riddim warfare" - this 35 min EP cd from dj spooky is if anything even better, with a more uniform more intense selction of fast cut-up/mangled beats +textures that approach the breakcore/jungle soundworlds of Remarc,Venetian Snares and kid 606 - but in Spooky's own way. its still dense , exciting music and certainly less hip-hop influenced than "riddim warfare"(see my review also). i wouldn't pay more [] - as it an EP. not unless you're a rich dj/music obsessive - however good it is tho.

quality, forward thinkg post-jungle beats.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
AAAAAAAAGHH!!! I CAN'T STOP IT!!!!!!!!! 16 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This ranks amongst the top ten $10 Purchases I Ever Made. DJ Spooky throws in a lot of ambient sounds over incredibly phat, phat, PHAT!!!! beats that have been blowing my mind on a consistent basis for, say, the last 168 hours or so, and I only bought the album 7 days ago.
Tracks 1, 5, and 7 are short ambient experiments. There's no real discernible melody like you'll get with the Orb, however, so it falls a tad bit short.
However, I don't even notice, given the incredible 100%/0% phat-ness to suck-ness ratio of the rest of the album. "Dumb Mut****a", while perhaps not the most eloquently titled song, just has an incredibly banging beat set to some orchestral sounds - imagine Gustav Holst gone hip-hop. "Sum Ill S**t" - um, well, it's exactly that - VERY ill, uh, stuff. A bit more off-rhythm, but I groove to it nonetheless. It's more laid-back and melodic than the other DJ Spooky tracks I've heard.
However, that only prepares you all the more to have your entire body flattened mercilessly against your car seat, cubicle wall, whatever (the nearest surface) by the relentlessly evil and LOOOOUUUUUD drum-n-bass track "Synthetic Fury". Mere words don't do this track justice so I'll just say that it's the coolest drum-n-bass track ever made, bottom-line. (Yes, that statement takes Prodigy, Goldie, Meat Beat Manifesto, Adam F, whatever into's that freaking good.) Imagine a hand-grenade lobbed next to a gas-tank at an airplane refueling facility exploding in the middle of a birdcall contest while a semi truck drives off the edge of a cliff and lands on top of a flock of screeching seagulls, all simultaneously...if you can imagine enjoying that sound, this track will appeal to you for sure.
And finally, "Synaptic Dissonance" - well, I read in the novel "Dune" about 'synaptic reflexes', and how most people can't control them, and 'dissonance' in most music is simply an unpleasant sound, so I don't know why he chose this title. This song not only is incredibly pleasing sounding (more straight-up hip-hop with a drum-n-bass interlude in the middle), but I can dance flawlessly to it, as opposed to "Synthetic Fury", where I'm usually twitching uncontrollably on the ground. It grooves so smoothly that it'll turn you into a zombie like it did me...I just keep hitting 'rewind' over and over and over...
Play this one REAL loud, folks. Natural selection will cause anyone who isn't cool enough to like it to suffer a fatal coronary upon hearing it, and then the planet will be populated only by fine, decent folks who find the Prodigy or Goldie just too darn polite-sounding.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By far Spooky's best 20 Jun. 2005
By P. FOX - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is incredible. Songs vary from drum n' bass to trip hop to experimental - no rapping like some of his other albums. All songs have an futuristic, ethereal, movie-like quality. Great use of samples - my favorite is the 'Aliens' sample at the beginning of the 'Synthetic Fury' track.
Key word: LOUD 11 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are one of those people who only owns a little CD alarm clock you might as well pass this one over and settle for Alanis. You can't just listen to this music, you have to feel it in your bones. To anybody who doesn't give a sh_t about their eardrums, buy this album and join the party.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
breathtaking 20 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this is great. probably the most diverse EP ever. great stuff. one of the years best. if the single is this good, cant wait for the full length! SPOOKY 4E!!!!!!!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
dj spooky is more of an architect than a musician. 1 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
he builds his songs from scrap metal and turns them into spiraling towers with halls full of ghosts. and he paints as well. he paints soundscapes of a deserted city, inhabited only by robots and wailing wraiths. truly a genius, and truly an awe-inspiring cd.
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