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Looking for the Perfect Beat
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Wikki Wikki Wikki Wikki. Patrick Flynn called and asked me to create three break-dancers for “Rethinking Education.” I spent the last three days listening to lots of classic hip-hop-----Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, Afrika Bambaataa, Fat Boys, UTFO, Kurtis Blow, Newcleus, ESG, The Sugarhill Gang, the soundtrack to Wild Style etc. Good stuff. I realize through my eight-year-old daughters that break dancing is back in vogue but this will always be the music of breakdancing to me. Back in the early eighties I used to spend a lot of time at The Roxy watching the break dancers and listening to Afrika Islam, son of Bambaataa mixing the discs. There was also a late night AM radio show back then that invited DJs to come on and do what they did into the wee wee hours. Those hours were and are my favorite time to work. These pieces were completely improvisational, working to the music and letting instinct, memory and my scissors go where they may. I even did a little tape collage. A technique I developed directly out of listening to and thinking about hip-hop. Looking for the perfect beat. Patrick just reminded me that back then in the early eighties he said, “Kroninger, how can you listen to that crap?” I sent him a mix tape of favorites and, what do you know, he was hooked. Great music. Anyway, Patrick, thanks for the Madeleine.


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