Pogo's Latest Project Plans To Remix The World
If you’re fond of Pogo’s microsampling work—he’s the guy who brought us that sublime Snow White remix, Wishery—then you may be excited by the news that he’s taking his remixing skills away from the fantasy world of film and TV and turning his talents towards the real world. In his latest project, World Remix, Pogo aims to take a video camera and a microphone to the streets to capture the sights and sounds of real people in real environments in an effort to distill the essence of real life into a musical track. After all, there’s only so many Disney films worth remixing, but there are endless possibilities to be gleaned from the manifold cultures of the earth, along with found sounds that range from forest to glacier. To realize this worldwide audiovisual adventure, he’ll be harnessing the power of crowdsourced micro-funding to steer and finance the project (and avoid those meddling corporate execs). By becoming a supporter of the project, you’ll even get a say in where he heads to next and thereby influence the outcome of the record.
Here’s what Pogo says about the project:
World Remix is my idea for an upcoming album which would expand upon my live-action remixing concept, first displayed to much fanfare in my track and video, “Gardyn.” The goal of my project is to travel the world capturing sights, sounds, voices and chords, and use them to compose and shoot a track and video for each major culture of the world. It will be funded solely by you, the listener, and will be released worldwide on CD, DVD, and on my website PogoMix.net. I am deeply inspired by the films Baraka and Koyaanisqats, and hope to produce the best cinematography and music I humanely can throughout each project.
So, it sounds like it’s going to be one of those celebrations of human culture in all its manifest, diverse, and confusing forms, as well as a damn fine dance record. If the project’s visual aesthetics approximate either of the movies he cites as inspiration, it’s definitely going to be worthy of your attention. If you want to see it come to full fruition, show him the money over on his Kickstarter page and you’ll receive an Associate Producer credit on the album. Launched just three days ago, the campaign has already got 64 percent of the total funding needed, and if he gets the rest (which is looking likely considering it runs until 12 March) we’ll be anxiously anticipating the end result.