ATL 2067

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Commissioned for Flux Night in Atlanta Georgia in October 2013, ATL 2067 was developed for a one night free public event in Castleberry Hill.

ATL 2067 imagines a future Atlanta through the reanimation of music recordings fixed during the early days of the recording industry – music recordings produced in temporary recording studios in hotel rooms and function rooms across the city of Atlanta – and controlled under copyright in the USA until 2067. Atlanta of the late 1920s witnessed a flurry of recording activity, as record companies travelled south from New York to setup temporary studios to gather recordings of music of the surrounding area – from blues to cajun folk via country. At this moment collectively-authored music and lyrics were locked to apparent authors and fixed to the commodity form of the gramophone record.

We worked with local hip-hop producers to reassemble digitised 78rpm recordings from the 1920s into the rhythmic matrix of rap beats. The folk cultures of the beginnings of the 20th Century plugged directly into the afrofuturist cultures of the beginnings of the 21st Century – rap, trap, and ghetto-tech.

On the night of the event a street-level sound system was installed at the corner of Walker's Street and Peter's Street in Castleberry Hill. We invited local emcees staHHr, J-Live, Ekundayo and Boog Brown to host (literally performing as Master of Ceremonies) to extend an open mic invitation to the Atlanta public. For five hours people stepped from the crowd to improvise a freestyle rap cypher over the future beats. Emcees, amateurs and professional alike, were invited to rap about the future of Atlanta.

The project reactivated archival material generated by an early 20th Century Georgia public by inserting it back into the rhythmic milieu of contemporary Atlanta to collectively envisage and perform a potential future. The temporary sound system and assembled public occupied an optimistic future – 2067, the year that the collectively authored material will finally return to public ownership (barring further extension to copyright and further erosion of the public domain) and envisaged an imminent public domain.

Here is some coverage from the audience on the night


Saturday 5 October 2013 / 7 pm to midnight
at the intersection of Peters St SW and Walker St SW
Castleberry Hill, Atlanta GA

FREE ENTRY

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ATL 2067 imagines a future Atlanta. 1920s recordings from the city, fixed during the early days of the recording industry and controlled under copyright in the USA until 2067, mutate into new beats for emcees and rappers. Special guest hosts bring exclusive live performances:

Boog Brown
staHHr
J-Live
Ekundayo
and more....

PLUS OPEN MIC

Bring your rhymes / Fast-fwd over 50 years / imagine a future Atlanta

no registration needed to join the freestyle cypher

Beats by Open Music Archive, REKchampa, DJ Assault, MC Strategy and more (coming soon...)


Watch the sting here

Curated by Helena Reckitt

All of the following tracks were recorded in Atlanta and used as source for samples.

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Audio

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Downloads

Click here to download the 1920s source material (Zipped WAV and AIF files 201.2mb)

Click here to download the 1920s source material (Zipped WAV and AIF files)


Present Joys 2067 (REKchampa)

sound file Present Joys 2067 (REKchampa) MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Present Joys performed by Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
Recorded in Atlanta GA, April 16, 1928


ATL Beat 11

sound file ATL BEAT 11 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Bob Lee Junior Blues performed by Memphis Jug Band
recorded in Atlanta GA, October 19, 1927


ATL Beat 10

sound file ATL BEAT 10 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

C'est Si Triste Sans Lui performed by Cleoma Breaux and Joseph Falcon
recorded in Atlanta GA, April 18, 1929


ATL Beat 15

sound file ATL BEAT 15 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

99 Year Blues performed by Julius Daniels
recorded in Atlanta GA, February 19, 1927


ATL Beat 14

sound file ATL BEAT 14 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

99 Year Blues performed by Julius Daniels
recorded in Atlanta GA, February 19, 1927


ATL Beat 12

sound file ATL BEAT 12 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

99 Year Blues performed by Julius Daniels
recorded in Atlanta GA, February 19, 1927


ATL Beat 9

sound file ATL BEAT 9 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Willie Moore performed by Burnett and Rutherford
recorded in Atlanta GA, November 3, 1927


ATL Beat 7

sound file ATL BEAT 7 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Acadian One-Step performed by Joseph Falcon
recorded in Atlanta GA, October 16, 1928


ATL Beat 2

sound file ATL BEAT 2 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Fatal Flower Garden performed by Nelstone's Hawaiians
recorded in Atlanta GA, November 30, 1929

and

Rocky Road performed by Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
recorded in Atlanta GA, April 16, 1928


ATL Beat 8

sound file ATL BEAT 8 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

This Song Of Love performed by Middle Georgia Singing Convention No 1
recorded in Atlanta GA, December 10, 1930


ATL Beat 6

sound file ATL BEAT 6 MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Fatal Flower Garden performed by Nelstone's Hawaiians
recorded in Atlanta GA, November 30, 1929


99 Year Blues (DJ Assault)

sound file 99 Year Blues (DJ Assault) MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

99 Year Blues performed by Julius Daniels
recorded in Atlanta GA, February 19, 1927


C'est Si (DJ Assault)

sound file C'est Si (DJ Assault) MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

C'est Si Triste Sans Lui performed by Cleoma Breaux and Joseph Falcon
recorded in Atlanta GA, April 18, 1929


Fatal Flower (DJ Assault)

sound file Fatal Flower (DJ Assault) MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Fatal Flower Garden performed by Nelstone's Hawaiians
recorded in Atlanta GA, November 30, 1929


Georgia Stomp (DJ Assault)

sound file Georgia Stomp (DJ Assault) MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Georgia Stomp performed by Andrew and Jim Baxter
Recorded in Atlanta GA, October 16, 1928


This Song Of Love (DJ Assault)

sound file This Song Of Love (DJ Assault) MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

This Song Of Love performed by Middle Georgia Singing Convention No 1
recorded in Atlanta GA, December 10, 1930


Waiting For A Train (MC Strategy)

sound file Waiting For A Train (MC Strategy) MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

samples:

Waiting For A Train performed by Jimmie Rodgers
recorded in Atlanta GA, October 22, 1928

this beat was produced for Free-to-air, Manchester 2007

Thanks

This project would not be possible without the knowledge, support and generosity of: Helena Reckitt, Anne Dennington @ Flux Projects, Boog Brown, staHHr, J-Live, Ekundeyo, Ismini Adami, Amond Jackson & J-Haze @ Salem Psalms, Dillon Maurer, Kevin Fleming @ Georgia State University Library, DJ Assault, REKchampa, Charlotte @ Plastic People, Nicole Morrell, DJ Burn One, Walt Live, Lisa Blanning, Andrew Nosnitsky, Mike @ A3C, Soundspecies, MC Strategy, Chip Gooding, Bruce Harlan & Rusty Sheorn, Matthew White