I was first introduced to Girl Talk, not at a show, not by record or from a friend but in my university music course. We were discussing the transition that the music industry has been and is experiencing due to the introduction of the cloud and the legitimacy of music rights and policy because of this transition. Girl Talk was brought up as an example for audience fragmentation; which is basically the idea that there is no longer any one specific audience and no one specific mode of communicating with that audience. Fandom is a dying phenomenon in most genres because we have so much more at our fingertips and therefore our interests are growing. The thing about Girl Talk is that it breeds a whole other subgroup of what fandom is. I’ve talked to people who have been to Girl Talk and it seems to me everyone from a diehard metal head to a tween wants to go and join the dance party. It is a mash-up esthetic through and through. Over the year, Girl Talk has attracted his share of controversy. Using a laptop as your instrument still has a stigma attached to it, which makes mash up music, to me, the graffiti artist of the music world.
Now, I must admit, this will be my first Girl Talk show but enough jealousy has been instilled in me from friends stories of these shows that I can imagine all I want as to what I’m going to experience but a description is never going to compare to the real thing. As far as expectation goes, “All Day”, Girl Talks newest record is by far the most intricate of his mash up entities. And I’m looking forward to picking out the subtle differences in loops and beats at a live show compared to the finished record. So, put on your crazy dance pants and get out to the show, Tue, Sep 4, 2012 08:00 PM, Edmonton Event Center, 2556-8882 170 St., West Edmonton Mall.
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See you on the dance floor!