American Memory


21 Responses to “American Memory”

  1. minTphresh says:

    need an opening band?

  2. Freeman H Celine says:

    Indeed, American Memory is it’s own multi-media project, something between a band and a film, with it’s own original music and separate from Skinny Puppy. These cats do play in the Skinny Puppy live band though, so there’s the connection…

  3. Jupiter6 says:

    Douglas, I hope you become a permanent fixture here at BB. I’m a longtime boingboing/skinny puppy/psychic tv fan, so needless to say I’m a big fan of yours. Keep up the good work. I’m going to try to make it to the show. Take Care.

    sean aguirre, brooklyn ny

  4. sussed says:

    Isn’t Skinny Puppy is a Canadian Band?
    While I don’t have a problem with it I do find it a bit interesting. I’m curious to know how (if?) a Canadian perspective helped shape the context of this projects subject matter.

  5. Ceybi says:

    thank you

  6. mindysan33 says:

    Don’t they all live here now, even if they aren’t US citizens? I’m not sure…

    The concept behind the project sounds cool, though. I’m looking forward to it.

  7. anteye says:

    yep – just got confirmation from mr. morrison (wanted to be sure) this is NOT a skinny puppy project but, rather, skinny-puppy-related.

    william morrison and justin-gabriel bennett (who have both been involved with skinny puppy for a number of years) created American Memory and will be touring with (and opening for) another skinny puppy related band, ohGr, very soon:

    morrison and bennett have worked together to compose both music and video for American Memory (though i believe most of the video work is morrison’s).

    but yes, NOT a skinny puppy project.

  8. themindfantastic says:

    Noted this isn’t Skinny Puppy, but a related project, but this is actually quite typical, seems members of Skinny Puppy guys both past and present have a thing for multiple projects going on, this is no different, I could probably name twenty ‘projects’ that have had members of or very close ties to Skinny Puppy and probably a tonne of other seperate bands, the type of art created by people in the genre (I hesitate to call it music, as I think of it as much more than simply something audio based) cross pollinate and work with each other constantly, as I am sure Mr. Rushkoff could verify. The different names just help identify the ideas when they evolve far enough off the beaten path as to be become something new and worthy of its own vehicle.

  9. prion says:

    skinny puppy, ohGr, key, etc = win
    Thanks for the heads up!

  10. wolfiesma says:

    Not to be redundant, but this video is just so cool. No doubt the live performance is going to be pretty mindbending.

    I’d love to see this American memory music and (gorgeous, haunting) visual collage at a dance club/rave kind of thing. And then you could even have a turn on the DJ/VJ mixer thing and get down.

  11. solipsisticnation says:

    Douglas, thanks for turning me on to William Morrison and Justin Bennett’s latest project. I was so intrigued that I had them on my show to talk about American Memory and play some of the tracks that will be featured on the DVD. I had a great time talking with them but sadly, I didn’t get to see them when they were in San Diego because I was editing the interview for this week’s show.

    You can listen to it here.

    Thanks again for the post!

  12. Davin says:

    Back-in-time music project? Similar concept to Year Zero in that regard.

  13. wolfiesma says:

    It’s not back-in-time. Its the future! Read Morisson’s “theoretical context.” Sort of an advanced take on “Contact,” or maybe, “Close Encounters.” The masks are kind of freaky…. but I can see how it fits in with the future anthropology theme.

    …one of my favorite lesson plans involves handing out pennies and asking the students to imagine they are future archeologists. From the snippets of text and imagery, and whatever else they can glean from a rusty penny, they have to write about what that culture was like. American Memory seems to be playing with that concept but in a very sophisticated, aesthetically stunning manner. It is off the hook.

  14. gretagretchen says:

    definitely has the creepy whoa trippy bro! vibe that I remember from Skinny Puppy (and related).

    Joel Peter Witkin? Just sayin’

    Too Dark Park tour — Skinny Puppy is about the only bad I ever saw where things really did feel a touch “dangerous”

  15. ink says:

    Incredible. I can’t wait to see it. I can’t believe its coming to Salt Lake!

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  17. kaosmonkey says:

    Looks like Marian Bantjes did the main title…correct?

    That lady can rock a typeface like no one else.

  18. automaton says:

    Wicked. SP continue to make really interesting and relevant music- I dug Mythmaker. Should be a great show!

  19. anteye says:

    as far as i understand, this is not a skinny puppy project, per say, but rather is associated with puppy. official band members and main contributors are William Morrison and Justin Bennett (see

  20. shanealeslie says:

    You get to play with Skinny Puppy…

    I hate you so much right now.

  21. prion says:

    2 more things:

    Finally!!!! oHgr at the Cats Cradle (NC)!!!!
    You should stay on as a continuous contributor to Boing Boing, I’ve really enjoyed all of your posts.

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