GOT GUNS revisited:
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on GUNS, I don't want congrats, I want GUN CONTROL. We must be smart!”
Nearly twenty years ago, in the summer of 1998, soon after the Westside School shooting near Jonesboro, Arkansas, I endeavored to find a productive outlet for the shock and outrage I felt over what seemed at the time, an unprecedented gun-related massacre. The result was this work for sampling keyboard that I performed numerous times throughout the Bay Area from 1998 to 2000, most notably at the inaugural San Francisco Electronic Music Festival in 2000, the recording of which is below.
I’m sharing this piece again now, because I still feel shock and outrage! And I still believe that art can help change the world! Well, it’s worth a try anyhow…
“GOT GUNS is a live improvised theme and variations for digital sampling keyboard that uses many source materials in exploring its subject: American gun culture. By turns satirical and playful, terrifying and dangerous, GOT GUNS is a personal journey through a controversial aspect of American life. Its aim is to use the violent energy of the gun for the purpose of non-violent, consciousness-raising arms resistance.”