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16.07.08


David Schafer - In The Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) Remix

The song "In the Year 2525" by Zager and Evans, 1969, was one of the most popular songs of 1969. One of, if not the first science fiction Surrealist pop song. The bleak prophetic quality of the folk song predicted nothing but catastrophe in the future with regards to science, reproduction, drugs, inter-relationships, and the earth\'s resources. The second coming, and judgment day, represent the climax of the song.
I was drawn to this song because of its seeming timeliness. It tells a dystopic story of the future. I felt the song should be remixed to reflect the current milieu. It was remixed according to the "Recipe for Poetry" created by Tristan Tzara, the Dada poet in the 1920\'s. He suggested that if you wanted to create a poem, that you should select a length of text that you wish your poem to be, then cut out each word individually, and place them in a paper bag, shake gently, then pull out each word and tape it down to a piece of paper in the order in which you pulled them out of the bag. I performed this act with the lyrics to "In the Year 2525" and then had the original song mixed accordingly. I wanted to subject the original song of 1969 to the elements of chance that the Dadaists put forth as a response to WW1 and the encroaching bourgeois.