Jeremy Deller has a widely varying practice with music often its subject and more specifically, how it operates within personal and social contexts. Acid Brass (2005) consists of a concert in which a brass band performs acid techno. These seemingly disparate genres are brought into a strangely warm and entertaining conversation. Part of the project involves a haphazard flow chart marking historical, political, and musicological lines of contact between acid jazz and the music of brass bands, but the sights and sounds of a crowd getting lost in the performance makes this connection in a much more visceral manner. His website uses a specific player system for his video work, but perhaps due to the Acid Brass performance led to a well selling recording for The Williams Fairey Brass Band, pleasantly exceeded its intended reach; Deller’s personal YouTube page retains the clip. Acid Brass lives as one amongst the infinitude of genre mash-ups yet the particulars of the piece insure its relevance and vitality.
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