artist::Oh Astro:Champions of Wonder

Oh Astro put out one of the more interesting records of 2007, and called it Champions of Wonder. One of the common techniques on Champions of Wonder is the manipulation of vocals by spectral software that is coded by Dowe and long-time mentor Christopher Penrose. Even the more experimental or ambient tracks contain ghostly sounds of vocals that have been stripped from their original context and placed into the pulsating electronic world of Oh Astro. The other common practice on the album is that every sound, with the exception of some of the vocals, is sampled from pre-existing recordings. The types of music sampled range from top 40 songs to indie hipster music to the obscure. With this release Illegal Art continues to challenge the restrictions of copyright as perceived by the larger music industry.

hello fuji boy.mp3
candy sun smiles.mp3
journey to the center.mp3

stream Champions of Wonder & follow track listing below
01. “Snow Queen” – Ratatat “Desert Eagle” and Lily Allen “Everything Is Wonderful”
02. “Hello Fuji Boy” – Hot Chip “Boy From School,” Fujiya & Miyagi “Ankle Injuries,” and Lionel Richie “Hello”
03. “Lucy Sees The Moon” – Lucy (our daughter) sings the lyrics to children’s song “I See The Moon” and it is filtered through Deanna Durbin “Amapola” and Bing Crosby “If I Had My Way”
04. “Candy Sun Smiles” – Busdriver “Sun Shower,” Gnarls Barkley “Gone Daddy Gone,” and Electronic “Getting Away With It”
05. “Empty Air” – only source is Jim O’Rourke “Good Times”
06. “Xanadu” – Jane Dowe sings the lyrics to “Xanadu” in sync with the original song (originally sung by Olivia Newton John with music by Electric Light Orchestra) filtered through Electronic “Get The Message” (strumming guitar intro) and Xiu Xiu “Bishop, CA”. Background contains samples from Pan Tone “Gringo Grinder” and The Killers “Somebody Told Me” (guitar pluck).
07. “Journey To The Center” – Remix of ROC “Journey to the Center of Brixton” (authorized), along with additional drum parts from Stefen Robinson (aka Yea Big).
08. “Itch Box” – Remix of Yea Big “Please Die, and Leave Me Alone” (authorized), which samples vocals from a chain-gang chant from the film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Also contains vocal sample from the ROC track, additional drum parts from Stefen Robinson and a synthesized harmonic progression from Tristan Hansen (a student of mine).
09. “Robot Love I Love You” – Ella (our daughter) sings her own lyric filtered through the Japanese children’s song “Inu No Omawarisan” as recorded on the compilation Doikono Douyou.

10. “Quiet Mouth” – only source is Sufjan Stevens “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
11. “Pet Apples” – only source is The Apples In Stereo “About Your Fame”

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