19 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2004, artist-composer Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, re-edited director D.W. Griffith's racially problematic 1915 silent film as Rebirth of a Nation. As you'd expect, contrasts abound on its recorded score. Heavy drums and bass clash with excitable strings on "The Next Election," back-porch harmonica slashes through "A Nation Divided," and modern classicists Kronos Quartet play the blues on "Gus, Elsie, Silas and the Klan." There's even a nod to Griffith's original Wagner score in the driving "Ride of the Klansmen."

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2004, artist-composer Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, re-edited director D.W. Griffith's racially problematic 1915 silent film as Rebirth of a Nation. As you'd expect, contrasts abound on its recorded score. Heavy drums and bass clash with excitable strings on "The Next Election," back-porch harmonica slashes through "A Nation Divided," and modern classicists Kronos Quartet play the blues on "Gus, Elsie, Silas and the Klan." There's even a nod to Griffith's original Wagner score in the driving "Ride of the Klansmen."

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Ratings and Reviews

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phill glazz ,

solid blend of two disparate aesthetics

i’m happy to see DJ Spooky leading the charge to integrate composed music with electronic music in a more intelligent way. this is really picking up as well. the social poignance of racism in this reimagined film is so important too - we as americans have to reconcile with our history of racism, not cover it up and ignore it, and artists are in a unique position to bring these questions to the fore. bravo to Paul D. Miller for this one, and i hope to see more in the same vein both topically and aesthetically.

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