7 by 7 – Astro Nautico x Day Tripper
Something special is happening. If you haven’t heard yet, it’s been thought that 2012 might very well be the “year of the collective”. PORTALS, itself, is an embodiment of this thought. That what we can accomplish together, far surpasses what we can alone. Stories of different collectives fill the archives of this site, stories of like minds joining forces, spreading good vibes and good music with the strength of many.
We live in a meta age. In many ways, the internet has opened us up to endless layers of speculation, criticism, and observation. And now, very rarely do the things we do operate on only one level. And in this case, it wasn’t enough for Japanese collective INNIT (previously introduced), and Brooklyn based collective Astro Nautico to continue doing their own personal collective works. Instead, they got the notion to collaborate as collectives in a very unique way, to create a one of a kind collection of sounds.
The idea is simple, and the result is very nearly flawless. Here’s the premise of the collaboration from Astro Nautico and INNIT:
An experiment in cultural exchange and sampling, respective music collectives Astro Nautico and INNIT/Day Tripper Records have collaborated on a transpacific project which finds 7 members of Astro Nautico sampling Kurosawa’s ‘The Seven Samurai’ to create a track and conversely, 7 members of Japan-based INNIT flipping sounds found in the westernized version of the same film, ‘The Magnificent Seven’.
The collaboration can be streamed in full, and downloaded for free, right here (below), and is also taking the physical form of 50 limited edition cassette tapes which can be ordered at Bandcamp as well. It’s exactly this “Do It Together” mentality that we at PORTALS are trying to perpetuate, and I think we can all take notes from this creative collaboration between already collaborating forces. May the levels of cooperation never end. I, for one, hope we see a lot more projects like this one.
Tracks 1 – 7 : INNIT/Day Tripper Records sampling from John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Tracks 8 – 14 : Astro Nautico sampling from Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954)
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