Friday, February 6

The Noise And How To Bring It: Hank Shocklee Interviewed

"Noise. That's what everyone calls it. That's even what Public Enemy call it. A wall of noise. A collage of noise. I never really thought that was a good description of Public Enemy. Noise implies randomness; implies the accidental, the emergent. The very opposite of signal. To me, Public Enemy are all signal and no noise. Listen to a track like 'Brothers Gonna Work It Out' from Fear Of A Black Planet. Sure, it conjures up images of chaos. Sure it carves up and glues together slices of Prince, James Brown, Melvin Bliss and many others, with total disregard for musical compatibility. But random, accidental? Not to these ears."
The Quietus
Hank Shocklee: A journey into noise with Public Enemy's chief producer (Video) 2:02:47
Looking For The Perfect Beat Machine
The Making of Ice Cube’s “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted”
YouTube: Artist Interview: Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad), Artist Interview: Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad) Deleted Scenes

2009 May: Public Enemy, 2011 July: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 2012 February: Fear of a Black Planet, 2012 August: Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black, 2012 December: A Dozen Pivotal Moments in the 30 Year Career of Public Enemy, 2014 June: "Prophets of Rage" (2011).