Meat Beat Manifesto
He lets the rhythm hit ‘em…
Yep, we love Jerusalem-based Kutiman for his rhythmic scavenger video mixes. But we shouldn’t forget the pioneers that put the practice into place.
Nearly a year ago, someone called The Forger—who we’re thinking is a composite character of videographer Ben Stokes and rhythm master Jack Dangers, both of Meat Beat Manifesto—started releasing beat videos that looped, sampled, layered and scratched up found footage of subjects both unknown and iconic. And instead of just slicing in nice people playing instruments in their bedrooms, we also get movie scenes, bits of news, and other lovely ephemera.
The Forger’s expert curating and editing in the mixes to stripped-down funk and dub help evoke an almost spectral feel to the pieces, as if these people and characters in them are bound to repeat their musical and other actions forever in the fog of media.
To start with, check out Peter Tosh, James Brown and Fred Wesley backing the King of Pop beatboxing in “The MJ Bumbaclot Element”
Now witness The Forger’s salute to spaghetti Westerns and Russian beatboxers in “The Good, The Bad, and The Forger…
Check out the other eight amazing videos at The Forger’s YouTube channel.