Go on subway? Yaw? bus? NO! OG!

  • Submitted on time! Apr 26, 2020

Missed the first NCBC so I suppose I had a little bit of Homebody to still express as well. The beginning and end of this track is a voice memo I took of a subway performer on May 21st 2017 at 4:09 PM. I don’t remember which station I was at.

I really miss feeling like I’m part of the organism that is New York. The palindrome form for this track is an A-B-A dream, where A is the actual subway performance as I experienced it, B is the romanticized version of the city I hear in my head right now, and 2nd A is coming to terms with needing to wait for New York to come alive again.


Looking for feedback on

Any feelings on the ethics of basic a track off someone else's performance?


nurphgun April 28, 2020 7:34pm

I lovvvvve this. This street performer is dope. Did you use additional samples of an audience/crowd in the middle section? Is that the crowd that was watching the performer? Or is the loop just creating some ghostly sounds that remind me of an audience? Anyway it has a really cool industrial vibe. It brings up imagery of gears, pulleys, levers, conveyer belts, and steam pouring out of pipes. I agree with others that if you knew the name of the performer and could credit her that would make it ok by me.

Tengo April 27, 2020 11:05am

Love this Kyle. You’ve created a new world that I feel totally immersed in.

nick April 27, 2020 9:22am

god do i love the quality of voice memos. super interesting description. i think keeping it to a snapshot of the performance is important, and like people said, a little credit goes a long way.

Sam Pearce April 27, 2020 12:31am

Well, that was sick. I can’t see any ethical problems with using the performance the way you did for just our consumption. I guess the question gets more complicated if you release it more broadly (because I think it’s worthy of more people hearing it, if you wanted to incorporate it into a release.) Personally, I think it’s the most unequivocally okay when it’s totally unrecognizable, like it is for the middle of the song. I can’t think of of a sound analogy, but maybe it’s like using an unrecognizable fragment of a person’s image, instead of their whole image, in visual art. Or, on the chance you got the artist’s info, you could contact and credit them! Either way, it’s an awesome listen.

Kristoph April 26, 2020 10:11pm

Love the direction of the track with the shift into those funky fresh sounds at the back end. Listened through a couple of times and get lost in it each time.

froebusiness April 26, 2020 9:52pm

I think it’s totally cool to use samples like you did as long as you make them your own, which you did very well. Heady vibes.

Ryan April 26, 2020 9:16pm

Well this is super, super cool. Absolutely love how many colors you shift in and out of. It’s also just yeah, a full-blown bop. Good question regarding the ethics of sampling another performer. Robin would have a lot to say about this. Largely, I think I’m okay with it so long as the performer is credited, and, if there’s money involved, compensated.

Z April 26, 2020 9:08pm

What a batshit boogie! Love this, title certainly congruent with the vibe haha. I felt like I was chilling on the beach in the keys in then the earth slowly started tipping, the ocean draining off the edge of the planet. I got sucked in and woke up in Wuhan in December….