Photo by Inna Spivakova | innaspivakova.com
This fall, famed Philly DJ and producer King Britt released his latest EP, the electronic tapestry The Bee and the Stamen, on local experimental label Data Garden. He celebrated its release with a stunning set at the label’s second annual Switched-On Garden showcase, which culminated in a breathtaking operatic piece performed with singer Pia Ercole. Ever one to keep things moving forward, King this week announced Fragments, a sample pack for budding producers to download and use to make their own mixes. Says King:
A fragment is a part detached. In this series, I wanted to give people detached parts that when put together create basic foundations, where they can create from. This isn’t your typical loops pack. I go into the studio to produce these fragments, using unconventional methods. Each Volume contains not only fragments but a special process in making them, which makes them unique to all the other packs out there.
Below, get a taste of what he’s talking about with a free download from Fragments, and get the entire thing at SoundsToSample.com. You can also watch a video excerpt of King’s Switched-On Garden performance with Pia Ercole.
KING BRITT feat PIA ERCOLE live at SWITCHED ON GARDEN from King Britt on Vimeo.
Charles Cohen and Hair Loss perform at The Switched-On Garden 001 | Photo by Paul Gargagliano| www.paulgphotog.com
Experimental electronic music label Data Garden celebrated its launch one year ago this weekend by transforming Bartram’s Garden, the botanical garden in West Philadelphia, into an interactive art exhibit called The Switched-On Garden. There were numerous sound installations located throughout the park, and live performances by the musicians whose recordings made up the label’s first releases. This Sunday, to mark its one-year anniversary and to unleash a new batch of albums, Data Garden returns to Bartram’s for The Switched-On Garden 002.
Like last year, the goal is “to explore the relationship between plants, music and technology.” Over a few slices of pizza, Data Garden co-founder Joe Patitucci tries to explain to me what exactly that means. “We want to create an expression of our values that will make a statement about who we are as a label,” he says. “We don’t want to have a traditional record release show at a bar, because that’s not what we’re all about. Instead, we’re creating a place where people can go outside, get together, and experience nature and electronic music at the same time.” Continue reading