Win Tickets ($40): Negativland w/ Daniel Menche + Cascadian Knights @ Crystal Ballroom | Experimental Sound Collage, Industrial, Plunderphonics

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Negativland w/ Daniel Menche + Cascadian Knights @ Crystal Ballroom on August 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, August 29.

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Negativland w/ Daniel Menche + Cascadian Knights @ Crystal Ballroom Negativland w/ Daniel Menche + Cascadian Knights
August 29, 2014
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $15 ADV, $20 Doors | All Ages
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.

Over the years Negativland’s “illegal” collage and appropriation based audio and visual works have touched on many things – pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, religion, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative anti-corporate activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.

While it is true that, after being sued, Negativland became more publicly involved in advocating significant reforms of our nation’s copyright laws (more recently finding themselves being brought to Washington DC and Capitol Hill as citizen lobbyists for copyright and art issues), Negativland are artists first and activists second. All of their art and media interventions have intended to pose both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, control, ownership, propaganda and perception in the United States of America. Their work is now referenced and taught in many college courses in the US, has been written about and mentioned in over 150 books (including “No Logo” by Naomi Klein, “Media Virus” by Douglas Rushkoff, and various biographies of the band U2), cited in legal journals, and they often lecture about their work here and in Europe.

Since 1981, Negativland and an evolving cast of characters have operated “Over The Edge,” a weekly radio show on KPFA FM in Berkeley, California. “Over The Edge” continues to broadcast three hours of live, found sound mixing every Thursday at midnight, West Coast time, with online access. In 1995 they released a 270-page book with 72-minute CD entitled “Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2.” This book documented their infamous four-year long legal battle over their 1991 release of an audio piece entitled “U2”. They were the subjects of Craig Baldwin’s 1995 feature documentary “Sonic Outlaws” and created the soundtrack and sound design for Harold Boihem’s 1997 documentary film “The Ad And The Ego,” an excellent in-depth look into the hidden agendas of the corporate ad world and the ways that we are affected by advertising. In 2004 Negativland worked with Creative Commons to write the Creative Commons Sampling License, an alternative to existing copyrights that was widely used by many artists, writers, musicians, film makers, and websites. In 2005, they released the elaborately packaged “No Business” (with CD, 15,000 word essay, and custom made whoopie cushion), and debuted “Negativlandland” – a large visual art show of over 80 piece’s of their “fine art” works, video, home-made electronic devices, and a life-sized animatronic Abe Lincoln robot, at New York City’s Gigantic Art Space. That art exhibit continues to change and evolve and has traveled around the country, showing in Seattle, Minneapolis, Houston, Richmond and Los Angeles.

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19 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Negativland w/ Daniel Menche + Cascadian Knights @ Crystal Ballroom | Experimental Sound Collage, Industrial, Plunderphonics

  1. John August 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    I wonder if they are touring with their toasters.

  2. Jason August 18, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    It’s unfortunate that the tickets are being given away on the day of the show. That sure doesn’t give the lucky winner(s) much time to plan (or buy tickets in the event they don’t win).

    How about pulling it back a week?

  3. Stork Schlemiel August 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    I would love to see this show. I first heard them when shopping in a used record store in Corvallis, probably in the late eighties. They were spinning the sounds in the store and I couldn’t leave the store unless I had a copy of the fascinating sound collage that was going as we shopped. My kids were very young at that point and they loved this fragmented sound collage too. – S.

  4. Jared W August 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Ever since I first heard dispepsi, I was totally hooked, but the hit their stride on timezones. 11 yes 11. They are gods and I was going to bumbershoot to see them, but can no longer make it. Please send me thank you.

  5. Toby August 21, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Never heard of this group and it sounds so interesting, telling my friends so we can all check this out. Would appreciate a few free tickets!

  6. Holly August 21, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I’m headed to Portland for labor day weekend from the Bay Area and was looking for activities to fill my weekend – this sounds perf.

    I have wanted to be a Negativland groupie ever since I watched Sonic Outlaws.

    yah culture jamming.

    My friend is an editor at a newpaper down here and was coincidentally just sent their album, It’s All in Your Head. She’s coming with me to Portland, I think it’s meant to be that this is all happening.

    It’d be rad to get the tix.


  7. Emma August 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I’m a big Negativland and Daniel Menche fan and this show would be a great present for my boyfriend too if I won!

  8. Aaron August 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    If No Logo and U2 are connected, then I’m in! Would enjoy another show at Ye Olde Crystal Ballroom, for sure.

  9. Brendan White August 22, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Let me win this – I am worthy!!!

  10. Ryan August 24, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    this will POSITIVELY be a great show

  11. Cheyne Morton-Carnahan August 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Escape from Noise grabbed me and wouldn’t let go, it is still the work I use to introduce people to the wonder of Negativeland 27 years later. I have been a fan of Negativeland and of Portland’s own Daniel Menche for a very long time now and have always managed to be unable to attend any of their appearances. Being out of work right now, I will be forced to miss this amazing line-up once again, unless I manage to be chosen for this giveaway…

  12. Evan August 26, 2014 at 10:06 am #


  13. Z August 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    I need to Escape From Noise.

  14. James August 27, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    A girl I like wants to go to this show, but like Charlie Bucket I am too poor to make my dreams come to life without the help of a benevolent benefactor to turn my life into a magical wonderland of music, dancing and – who knows? – maybe at the end of the night even a smooch from this gal I fancy.

    This isn’t just about tickets to a show: this is about life, this about love, this about making your dreams become reality. What are your dreams?

  15. Lisa August 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    This looks cool, would love to go!

  16. erica August 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Because all I see is yellow and black and…

  17. Boyd Littell August 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I’m flat broke but going to go to this anyway, which would result in starvation. End hunger!!

  18. Joann August 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    If I am chosen, you will have good luck for 7 years and the person you love will kiss you tonight.

    Now scroll down and count to ten! ********

  19. Mungbean August 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    I was really hoping to get to go to Seattle’s Decibel Fest in Sept for the usually awesome lineup of experimental electronic music, but this would definitely give me a reason to stay here and spend my extra money on treating fellow fans to a drink over some ridiculously trippy but danceable mashups of my favorite songs (not to mention that I also think copyright corporatism is total BS!)

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