Transpose that line up one interval, one interval more, two intervals, 3 intervals, 5…, 8…, 13…
It’s strange how things build on themselves. The whole of something is rarely the sum of its parts; and, that is as true for collaborative music making as anything else. Take two abstract progressive deconstructionists like Daniel Harris and Matt Ross (aka subPixel 1, 2) for example. Both are innovative songwriters, one breaks boundaries with ambient looping and the other with the chiptune format. Together, they manage to reach new levels of abstraction and unearth new nuggets of creativity through their long-lasting collaboration.
3DCosby overlaps serious musical chops and a deeply rooted need for something new. What I love about this project is that it finds something new in a way that doesn’t highlight the structuralist sins that result, but the brotherhood between the bandmates. Very generally speaking, performers are often charged with being ego-driven, self-conscious, and image-obsessed (charges that these two are certainly innocent of); but, what’s rarely highlighted is that performers require trust in each other to achieve something innovative and new. All of those hyphenated terms can be seen as good things when they are focused through a great deal of talent, which 3DCosby has sweating out of its collective grundle.
The interview with Daniel covered the whole story… the friendship, recording, marketing, distributing, and playing live. Perhaps more importantly, we discussed the intricacies of a powerglove handjob, game-genie prostate massage, and why SNL doesn’t let subPixel do the damn thang.
Personally, I think it’s because he’s black.