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Blind Mime is an audio, visual and communication arts studio based in Salt Lake City, featuring the work of Bryan Baker. Bryan is the publisher of the seminal GAJOOB Magazine and a founder/developer of the Tapegerm Collective, an experimental collaboration network of artists formed in 1999. He is head of operations at a Top 100 print house on Salt Lake's west side with over 30 years of graphic design work.
In Review: Charles Rice Goff II - Genre Party
By way of a privileged perch at Tapegerm Collective I've had the pleasure of seeing parts of this album unfold. And by "pleasure" I mean this album tickles many of my pleasure points.
It's a challenging album. Charles Goff's invention always sounds in peak form, and his invention here is constantly percolating some kind of brew or another -- and it's going to taste surprising whatever it turns out becoming.
Revolution 999, for instance is a cover of the Beatles' Revolution 9. Beloved for ranging reasons by experimental music lovers, the original has a firm place in our minds and takes many of back to a different time. Goff has reinterpreted here while keeping the original's sense and feel. What I kept finding intriguing and beautiful is how Charles weaves various motifs from 9 into 999, always unexpectedly. I find myself caught up in the interplay of sounds and then harkening back to the original as a familiar theme makes an appearance.
Goff calls the style of Genre Party "dada" which effectively describes the idea of a "Genre Party" -- a wild mix of genres. There is everything from twenties swing to electronics composed and melodic. It often bends decidedly off-kilter and is decidedly fun while doing so.
Listen to some fun and exciting music here, folks.