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RPM Podcast #010: “Electric Pow Wow”

From: Lynn Booth
Series: The RPM Podcast
Length: 21:16

Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island have been dancing and drumming for generations but, in the 21st century, that rhythmic spirit is finding new forms of creative expression. In our tenth episode, the powwow gets plugged in, mashed up and remixed. Read the full description.

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Our host Ostwelve asks three emerging Indigenous artists about their use and creation of electronic music.

A Tribe Called Red – the Ottawa-based DJ collective of NDN (Nipissing First Nation), Bear Witness (Cayuga) and Shub (Cayuga) – describe what they’re doing in the clubs as a cultural continuence from the powwow, and that the two are not that far apart after all.

Using small digital electronics, Cree electro-cellist Cris Derksen can make her cello sound like a bass, a drum, or even seagulls. Hear how she’s creating a new palette for the usually classical instrument and how being a musician is like being a jeweler.

Nicholas Galanin, aka Indian Nick, a Tlingit/Aleut visual artist and musician from Stika Alaska, likens contemporary Indigenous electronic music to our history as strong adaptive communities and cultures, and finds the mixing of electronic with other forms of music comes naturally.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, this revolution has been electrified.

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Our host Ostwelve asks three emerging Indigenous artists about their use and creation of electronic music.

A Tribe Called Red – the Ottawa-based DJ collective of NDN (Nipissing First Nation), Bear Witness (Cayuga) and Shub (Cayuga) – describe what they’re doing in the clubs as a cultural continuence from the powwow, and that the two are not that far apart after all.

Using small digital electronics, Cree electro-cellist Cris Derksen can make her cello sound like a bass, a drum, or even seagulls. Hear how she’s creating a new palette for the usually classical instrument and how being a musician is like being a jeweler.

Nicholas Galanin, aka Indian Nick, a Tlingit/Aleut visual artist and musician from Stika Alaska, likens contemporary Indigenous electronic music to our history as strong adaptive communities and cultures, and finds the mixing of electronic with other forms of music comes naturally.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, this revolution has been electrified.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
RPM Theme Music Paolo Pietropaolon/a n/a. n/a 2011 :24
Longhouse Young Jibwe n/a. n/a 2011 :39
Pow Wow Step A Tribe Called Red n/a. Independent 2011 :32
Beat 2 Young Jibwe n/a. n/a 2011 :32
Here We Come No-1 Kreuzberg EP. we make with 2007 :14
Red Skin Girl (ATCR Remix) A Tribe Called Red / Northern Cree n/a. Independent 2011 02:39
Native Puppy Love A Tribe Called Red n/a. Independent 2011 01:53
Pow Wow Step A Tribe Called Red n/a. Independent 2011 01:58
Electric Pow Wow Drum A Tribe Called Red n/a. Independent 2011 02:44
Snakes and Ladders Cris Derksen The Cusp. Independent 2010 02:04
What Did You Do Boy? Cris Derksen The Cusp. Independent 2010 03:07
Electric Indians Indian Nick Digital Indigenous. Independent 2011 01:43
History Repeats (Astronamar Remix) Indian Nick Digital Indigenous. Independent 2011 01:36
Electric Pow Wow Drum A Tribe Called Red n/a. Independent 2011 01:39

Additional Credits

Ostwelve - Host
Jarrett Martineau - Creative Producer
Christa Couture - Production Manager

Related Website

http://rpm.fm/