Dave P: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix
Now for something a little bit different. Something TRANSCENDENTAL to be exact…
Futuristic musical pioneer and RVNG INTL co-founder Dave P has devoted himself to finding sonic adventures that operate beyond the realms of the physical for many years. Through his residencies at Making Time in Philadelphia, and at FIXED at Good Room in New York, Dave P channels this very notion, as well as on his Making Time show on New York's Lot Radio and LA's dublab.
Over the last couple of months, due to social distancing measures, Dave has been working with Klip Collective – a creative studio run by video artist and projection mapping pioneer Ricardo Rivera – to create a video, light and sound experience to match the auditory experience on his Making Time shows.
He continues this exploration for today's Ransom Note mix titled 'A Making Time X Klip TRANSCENDENTAL Social Distancing™ Experience with Dave P', providing listeners with a 360 degree experience that goes beyond the physical.
Your mission for TRANSCENDENCE awaits you below…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
Hellos! I’m Dave P… A TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic musical pioneer from Philadelphia. I DJ and produce the Making Time TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic sound experiences in Philadelphia and LA and the FIXED futuristic sound experiences at Good Room in New York along with JDH.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
A TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic sound experience. TRANSCENDENCE by definition exists beyond the normal or physical level, therefore this mix, this TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic sound experience, cannot be represented by the physical form.
Where was the mix recorded?
I recorded this mix whilst IMMERSED in a TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic light installation in Room 303 of my friend and TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic visual warrior of the nite Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective’s studios in South Philadelphia.
P.S. Klip Collective is a creative studio founded in 2003 by video artist and projection mapping pioneer Ricardo Rivera. A longtime Making Time collaborator, Klip Collective produces site-specific video, light, and sound experiences for cultural institutions, agencies, and commercial clients.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Immersed in a TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic light installation in Room 303 of my friend and TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic visual warrior of the nite Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective's studios in South Philadelphia. But… since you should be home social distancing, we’ve recorded a video of this TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic sound and light experience to bring Room 303 of the Klip Collective studios and this TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic light installation to… YOU.
What should we be wearing?
You can wear anything or nothing at all. Since you’ll be TRANSCENDING the normal or physical world, clothing, a physical object, will have no effect on your TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic sound experience.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
In my HAPPY PLACE on the terrace of the most MAGICAL and GRANDEST hotel in all the world… Hotel Il San Pietro di Positano on Italy’s majestic Amalfi Coast, of course! I stayed at the Il San Pietro Di Positano in 2013 and it was truly the most TRANSCENDENT experience of my life!!! A mix recorded there would surely lead to PEAK levels of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE!!!
Or… in my other HAPPY PLACE, the cafe car of the Amtrak Northeast Regional Train from Philadelphia to Boston. I normally only take the Amtrak Northeast Regional to New York for my FIXED futuristic sound experiences at Good Room along with JDH, but if I were to record a mix on the Amtrak Northeast Regional train, I’d take it all the way to the end, to Boston South Station. A 6 hour and 14 minute mix (the time it takes to get from Philadelphia 30th St. Station to Boston South Station on the Amtrak) would surely lead to PEAK levels of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
It’s a TRANSCENDENTAL TIE!!! between Sepehr – "Contamination" & King Krule – "Comet Face"
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
2manydjs – “As Heard on Radio Soulwax” Part 2.
2manydjs, along with Erol Alkan and Optimo, were my greatest influences when I first began my TRANSCENDENTAL PLAN and my restless quest to achieve PEAK levels of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE. That mix shaped the DJ I wanted to be and the way I wanted to DJ when I first began DJing. It was truly one of the greatest inspirations for my TRANSCENDENTAL PLAN.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
John Talabot, of course! John Talabot is my favorite DJ in all the world and truly is the most TRANSCENDENTAL DJ of all. A Dave P. B2B John Talabot DJ set would surely lead to PEAK levels of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Hmmmm… I think it was a pair of plastic belt driven Numark turntables and a Numark 2 channel mixer run though the receiver of my Aiwa 5 CD disc changer I had since college. Later I added the archaic and obsolete (and very heavy) Technics SL-DZ 1200 DJ CD Player that I traveled to Europe with because I thought I played better on that than the Pioneer CDJ-1000s. I don’t have a DJ set up at home now.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
The track you END with, of course. The final track of your set allows you to translate and communicate the feeling and the emotion you hope to leave the listener / dancer with following the TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic sound experience they share with you. That feeling and those emotions are often how your set will be remembered. It’s the conclusion of the narrative of the story of your set. The final track marks THE END of your TRANSCENDENT journey. Choosing the ultimate final track to end your set is ESSENTIAL in achieving PEAK levels of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE and is one of the most INTEGRAL components of my TRANSCENDENTAL PLAN. I spent countless hours searching for the perfect ENDER and I believe I’ve found it in my favorite ENDER… Tears for Fears – “Everybody Wants to Rule The World”
What were the first and last records you bought?
I think the first record I bought was Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One
The last record I bought was Maxwell Sterling – Laced With Rumor: Loud Speaker of Truth on Ecstatic Recordings
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A TRANS-AL-DENTE Cacio e Pepe dish, of course!!! It’s HEAVY, much like the mix, and Cacio e Pepe is an INTEGRAL component of my TRANSCENDENTAL PLAN and will surely lead to PEAK levels of TRANS-AL-DENTANCE!
If it was an animal what would it be?
As I mentioned above, TRANSCENDENCE by definition exists beyond the normal or physical level, therefore this mix, this TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic sound experience, cannot be represented by the physical form.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I don’t really play records anymore sadly and with CDJs you can really “MIX" anything in some way or another.
Upcoming in the world of…
My TRANSCENDENTAL Social Distancing™ Plan: This May marks the 20th Anniversary of Making Time, my TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic sound experience in Philadelphia. The beginning of my Making Time 20th Anniversary celebrations were scheduled to commence on the weekend of May 22nd-24th with TRANSCENDENTAL futuristic warriors of the nite, John Talabot, Ben UFO and HAAI here in Philadelphia. Well, due to the global pandemic, this month's Making Time 20th Anniversary festivities have been canceled but… I will not let a global pandemic stop my restless quest to achieve PEAK levels of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE and prevent me and the city of Philadelphia from celebrating 20 Years of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE so, this month I will be producing a live streaming Making Time 20th Anniversary TRANSCENDENTAL Social Distancing™ Experience along with my friend and futuristic visual warrior of the nite, Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective, who designed the TRANSCENDENTAL light installation where I recorded this mix.
Ricardo and I have been producing Making Time X Klip Collective TRANSCENDENTAL Social Distancing™ Experiences on The Lot RADio over the past 2 months whist social distancing due to this global pandemic and over these past months we have strategized a TRANSCENDENTAL PLAN for this upcoming Making Time 20th Anniversary TRANSCENDENTAL Social Distancing™ Experience that will surely make it THE ZENITH of my TRANSCENDENTAL Social Distancing™ Plan!
Anything else we need to discuss?
I’m always up for talking about CARBOLOADING, as it is INTEGRAL to achieving PEAK levels of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE. So, I’ve asked my dear friend DAVIDE, who I met whilst staying at the Il San Pietro Di Positano, to share my favorite TRANS-AL-DENTE Cacio e Pepe CARBOLOADING recipe, his GREAT GREAT Grandmother's 150 year old TRANS-AL-DENTE Cacio e Pepe recipe, so that you may properly CARBOLOAD before YOU experience this Making Time X Klip Collective TRANSCENDENTAL Social Distancing™ Experience!
Ciao !!! I am DAVIDE, a close friend of Dave P's! Dave P. mentioned he wanted to share my GREAT GREAT Grandmother’s TRANS-AL-DENTE Cacio e Pepe recipe with the Ransom Note. Well….I know CARBOLOADING is an INTEGRAL component of Dave P’s TRANS-AL-DENTE Social Distancing™ Plan so I will happily share it with the Ransom Note and all of YOU so that you may all achieve PEAK levels of futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE whilst listening to Dave P’s mix! A friend of Dave P's is a friend of DAVIDE!
So….here is what you will need, my friends:
Uno: Kosher Salt
Due: One package of pasta (18oz / 500 grams – preferably a bucatini because of its greater surface area for highly superior sauce retention)
Tre: 9 tbsp of unsalted butter, cubed and divided
Quattro: 3 tsp. of freshly cracked pepper
Cinque: 2 1/4 cups of finely grated Grana Padano or Parmesana
Sei: 1 cup finely grated Pecorino
It all begins by bringing water to a boil in your finest pot. Be sure to season the water with salt to the point where the water tastes of the pure Mediterranean waters off the coast of Amalfi ! Once the water has boiled you will add the pasta and cook it until about 2 minutes before tender. I recommend 8-10 minutes. Be sure the pasta remains AL DENTE. AL DENTE pasta is an INTEGRAL component of my TRANS-AL-DENTE Social Distancing™ Plan.
Ok miei amici…..this is a MOLTO IMPORTANTE piece of my TRANS-AL-DENTE Social Distancing™ Plan !!! Once the pasta is finished boiling, before you drain the pasta, be sure to reserve 2 cups of the pasta cooking water. This water is INTEGRAL to achieving PEAK levels of TRANS-AL-DENTANCE!!!
While your pasta boils in the saline waters of your finest pot, melt 6 tbsp of your unsalted butter in your largest heavy skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted you will add the freshly cracked pepper and cook, swirling the pan, until toasted to a golden brown similar in color to the volcanic geothermal mud, once used to heal Roman soldiers in the days of the Roman Empire, that emanates from the rich volcanic soils of the Isle of Ischia.
This should take 1-2 minutes.
Now you must add the 2 cups of the reserved pasta water to your skillet with the butter and freshly cracked pepper and bring it to a simmer. Once simmering, add the pasta and remaining 3 tbsp of butter and mix / stir. Then reduce the heat to low and add the Grana Padano / Parmesana, stir and toss with tongs until it’s melted and evenly distributed throughout the pasta. Remove the pan from the heat and add Pecorino, stirring and tossing until the cheese melts and the sauce coats the pasta much like the winter snows upon the Italian Alpi Dolomitiche and…..
È ORA DI MANGIARE, Miei Amici!!!
I wish you a MAGICAL and TRANS-AL-DENTE Cacio e Pepe CARBOLOADING Experience!!!
P.S. Tell Dave P. I said Ciao when you speak to him next!