The FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS by Gregor Weichbrodt & Vicki Bennett

THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS
new book by Gregor Weichbrodt, Vicki Bennett
Paperback & pdf, 569 Pages 

Buy the paperback book: http://www.lulu.com/shop/gregor-weichbrodt-and-vicki-bennett/the-fundamental-questions/paperback/product-21696219.html
You can now also purchase the book from The Wire magazine bookshop
Free downloadable pdf here or here

You may be familiar with the music, film, radio and stills work of People Like Us but this is the first step into this medium.  Although we’ve written essays, we’ve not written a book before.  And we still haven’t!  This content is sourced from online, developed online over the course of a 10-day conversation with Gregor Weichbrodt after we observed that searching for answers on a particular internet website possibly reflected and paralleled deeper questions within life…

Who am I?  Where do I come from?  What is my purpose in Life and what happens when I die?
For centuries people have tried to come up with answers regarding the fundamental questions of life.
Then the internet was invented and these questions have finally been answered – by users.
The book The Fundamental Questions captures them in an inspiring record of epic proportions where every individual verse becomes a mantra of a mind-expanding collective thought. It reminds us, that one single answer is never the answer.
Thousands of user profiles from the web were parsed, matched according to four questions and sorted in an alphabetical order.
Writings!:

cover photo i am. Continue reading

PRINTS FOR SALE – Welcome Abroad & Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice

We have two more prints available for sale for a reasonable price and even more reasonable combined price (see below), both the cover art to two recent People Like Us album covers.  All prints are on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper and signed on the reverse.

WELCOME ABROAD (21 x 18.5cm)

Welcome Abroad

Welcome Abroad

All prices are in US Dollars and INCLUDE postage and packing.
Please note, we are offering a large discount if you buy BOTH at once.
Paypal links below.

Welcome Abroad PRINT – UK – price including P&P: $30
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Welcome Abroad PRINT – EUROPE – price including P&P: $33
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Welcome Abroad PRINT – ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $35
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DON’T THINK RIGHT, IT’S ALL TWICE (30.5 x 24cm)

Don't Think Right, It's All Twice

Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice

Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice PRINT – UK – price including P&P: $30
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Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice PRINT – EUROPE – price including P&P: $33
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Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice PRINT – ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $35
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Buy both prints at a discount

Buy both prints at a discount

BOTH PRINTS – UK – price including P&P: $45
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BOTH PRINTS – EUROPE – price including P&P: $47
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BOTH PRINTS – ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $50
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Shutter – Print Edition for sale

As part of our SHUTTER solo exhibition at Leeds College of Art we are pleased to make available a very limited edition of 2 B/W giclee prints, both in an edition of 20.  We are selling these at a very reasonable price as a result of actually wanting you to have them rather than adhering to the art gallery rules of making things too expensive and unavailable to most people.

All prices are in US Dollars and INCLUDE postage and packing.  Please note, we are offering a large discount if you buy BOTH at once.  Paypal links below.

Asleep 1 12 inches x 12 inches

Asleep 1
12 inches x 12 inches

ASLEEP 1 – UK – price including P&P: $40
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ASLEEP 1 – EUROPE – price including P&P: $50
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ASLEEP 1 – ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $60
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Asleep 2 12 inches x 12 inches

Asleep 2
12 inches x 12 inches

ASLEEP 2 – UK – price including P&P: $40
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ASLEEP 2 – EUROPE – price including P&P: $50
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ASLEEP 2 – ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $60
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ASLEEP2ASLEEP1

BUY BOTH – UK – price including P&P: $60
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BUY BOTH – EUROPE – price including P&P: $70
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BUY BOTH – ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $80
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The Keystone Cut Ups now digital audio download

The audio from our new DVD “The Keystone Cut Ups” is now available in audio form as an album, in digital audio form!  You can download at our label Illegal Art’s site, and good news is they have a “pay what you want” policy – from 0$ to XXXXXX$$$$$$!

Download now:  http://illegal-art.net/shop#release131

Simply add to basket, scroll to the mp3 option and then select the amount you’d like to pay.  There is also the option of getting the higher quality FLAC file.

Buy MOON MAGIC 7 inch single!

BUY MOON MAGIC 7 INCH SINGLE NOW

“Moon Magic 7 inch single” by People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz
Release date: 13 November 2012 (presales 13 October)
Illegal Art IA702 http://www.illegalart.net

“Moon” and “Magic” is a AA side 7 inch single, also on the Illegal Art label. Both tracks are taken from The Keystone Cut Ups DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All prices below INCLUDE shipping within stated price.

UK – price including P&P: $9.50
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EUROPE – price including P&P: $10.00
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ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $13.00
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Feature in WIRED

If you live in the US/Canada, unless you are buying other merchandise from us at the same time it will work out cheaper to buy the 7″ direct from the Illegal Art Shop due to the fact that we post from Europe and have to charge for that.

People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz from “MOON MAGIC” 7″.

3 New Releases! DVD! 7 inch! Digital Download!

PEOPLE LIKE US & ERGO PHIZMIZ BRING YOU…
THE KEYSTONE CUT UPS DVD / MOON MAGIC 7″ / THE KEYSTONE CUT UPS DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
DVD and Digital Download Release Date: 31 October 2012
7 inch Release Date: 13 November 2012
Label: Illegal Art IA131 illegalart.net

We’re very pleased to announce the release on Illegal Art of a DVD, 7″ single and digital audio album!

When People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz premiered The Keystone Cut Ups at the Berwick Film and Media Art Festival in 2010, it was met with praise and wonder. Invoking a dreamlike atmosphere from the pairing of surrealist avant-garde cinema and silent-era comedy films with the quirky, yet emotionally resonating soundtrack carved out a unique sector of musical entertainment. This project stands tall as a statement against an industry that often flounders in its own creative bankruptcy.

Until now, this experience has only been available to those fortunate enough to see it performed live. But this October, people all over the world can see what all the hype is about for themselves when Illegal Art releases The Keystone Cut Ups on DVD, as well as just the musical portion as a digital download and as a 7′ single.

The festival commissioned the project in July of 2010 as an attempt to achieve something that would excite audiences in ways they were never expecting. People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz composed forty-five minutes of music that is simultaneously whimsical and poignant. Once the soundtrack was in place, visuals were assembled around the audio in order to create a stimulating assault on the mind that evokes a sense of the surreal and fantastical.

PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

PEOPLE LIKE US & ERGO PHIZMIZ : The Keystone Cut Ups & Moon Magic 7″ – PROMO.

BUY THE KEYSTONE CUT UPS DVD NOW
All prices below INCLUDE shipping within stated price.

Tracklist:
1. Orchestra 2. Hats 3. Statues 4. Thelma Todd 5. Machines
6. Aquopalypse 7. Chess 8. Magic 9. Spinning 10. Moon

UK – price including P&P: $13.00
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EUROPE – price including P&P: $14.00
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ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $16.00
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The Keystone Cut Ups will play all regions, worldwide.

MOON MAGIC 7″ SINGLE by People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz
Available to purchase from 25 October 2012

http://peoplelikeus.org/2012/buy-moon-magic-7-inch-single/

Actual release date: 13 November 2012
Illegal Art IA702 http://www.illegalart.net

“Moon” and “Magic” is a AA side 7 inch single, also on the Illegal Art label. Both tracks are taken from The Keystone Cut Ups DVD.

DOWNLOAD THE KEYSTONE CUT UPS AUDIO IN MP3 OR FLAC FORM
From the Illegal Art Shop
http://illegal-art.net/shop#release131

 With this release, Illegal Art continues to embrace a pay-what-you-want business model for high-quality downloads. All label releases over the last five years have been issued (or reissued) under a the flexible payment system. People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz also have a history of offering free downloads of entire projects, both new and old.

REVIEWS so far

The Wire
Feature in WIRED
God Is In The TV 

 

Print Edition coincides solo gallery show in London

Title: Streetwalking
Medium: C-Type Print on Matt Fuji Archive Paper
Dimensions: 914mm x 321mm
Year: 2011
Edition: 100 + 5 A/P

Title: In Retrospect
Medium: C-Type Print on Matt Fuji Archive Paper
Dimensions: 671mm x 392mm
Year: 2011
Edition: 100 + 5 A/Ps
Co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery

Streetwalking” and “In Retrospect” form part of a new series of digital collage works included in Vicki Bennett’s forthcoming exhibition at Vitrine Gallery. Bennett uses a unique technique to expand film scenes beyond their conventional screen ratio. The finished results reveal beautiful panoramic views of the background landscapes as captured by the panning camera, effectively allowing film scenes to be seen as never before.

Bearing a relation to the British Vorticism movement of the early 20th Century, Bennett takes a Futurist approach to image making, attempting to capture dynamic movement with still images. She often utilises digital technology to apply analogue techniques and for more than a decade has used rotoscoping in her short films and live audio-visual performance to mask, cut and place objects elsewhere on screen. During her commission for The Great North Run Cultural Programme 2009 she developed the process for expanding film outside its frame and began work on this new series shortly after.

More on the Vitrine Gallery solo exhibition The Doors Of Perception here:
http://peoplelikeus.org/2011/the-doors-of-perspection-people-like-us-exhibition

In Retrospect and Streetwalking are available as limited edition C-type prints. They can be purchased separately or as a pair.

In Retrospect
Price: 100GBP (unframed) including UK P&P (see note at bottom for overseas purchases)

Streetwalking
Price: 100GBP (unframed) including UK P&P (see note at bottom for overseas purchases)


Streetwalking and In Retrospect
Price: 180GBP (unframed) including UK P&P (see note at bottom for overseas purchases)

Please note: for overseas purchases please contact Modern Empire for a postage quote before paying by Paypal. mail@modernempire.co.uk.

“Welcome Abroad” – People Like Us (Illegal Art 2011)

“Welcome Abroad” by People Like Us
Release date: 24 May 2011
Illegal Art IA124 http://www.illegalart.net

UK – price including P&P: $11.00
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Download in MP3 or FLAC form, download videos
“Welcome Abroad is the soundtrack to a dream – overlaying a cabaret with the circus, a music hall with the radio, a nightclub with the movies. Finely tuned sounds from the collective unconscious, fitted together with care and clarity and skill, producing a hallucinatory landscape that shifts and slides, shimmering with each new sample. Julie Andrews duets with Jim Morrison? Damn.” –Steinski

Vicki Bennett, under the People Like Us moniker, returns from several collaborations for her first solo album in several years. Stranded in the United States for an extended period after the Icelandic volcano eruption blocked her British homeland’s airspace, Bennett derived thematic material of displacement, travel, and a longing for elsewhere, from the natural disaster that caused her own predicament. Volcanically marooned in Baltimore and NYC, Bennett utilized some of her “free” time to work on the album and even gained audio contributions from fellow experimental musicians Jason Willett (of Half Japanese) and M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos) via her extended stay.

Taking a glance at just a few tracks from Welcome Abroad, songs from The Beatles, Ennio Morricone, Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Rod McKuen, Elton John, Gene Pitney, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, John Denver, Julie London, and Queen are all amalgamated.  While recent mashup culture often centers on the instant gratification of seamlessly juxtaposing hooks, People Like Us tracks transform the source material into collages that are equal parts dissonance and pleasure, making artful commentaries on our culture and Bennett’s own existential amusement within such a wondrous world.

With the release of Welcome Abroad, lllegal Art continues to embrace a pay-what-you-want business model for high-quality downloads. All label releases over the last five years have been issued (or reissued) under a the flexible payment system. People Like Us also have a history of offering free downloads of entire projects, both new and old. Vicki Bennett is such a firm endorser of the gift economy that she is the top downloaded audio artist on UbuWeb.

This Is Light Music Picture Disc LP

As part of the Prints of Darkness exhibition at http://www.edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk/ from 17 July to 04 September 2010, People Like Us have been commissioned to make a vinyl picture disc responding to the title theme of the exhibition.

This Is Light Music will be available for shipping to you from the second week in August. You can pre-order here. Please note – if you are intending to buy the print that Vicki was commissioned to do, please contact Edinburgh Printmakers through the above website url, since they are offering the record free to the first 20 people buying a print. Prices below in US Dollars include postage and packing.

THIS ITEM IS SOLD OUT WHEN BOUGHT DIRECTLY FROM US. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY PLEASE GO TO THE EDINBURGH PRINTMAKERS WEBSITE AND ORDER FROM THEM. ALL REMAINING ORDERS WILL BE SENT FROM US TODAY (18 SEPTEMBER 2010)

http://www.edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk/

Please note – this LP costs more than some other merchandise you may have bought from us – this is because of the nature of the item, in that the gallery needed to cover costs, etc, plus it costs more to post this kind of item. We assure you we always try and make things available as cheaply as we can!

For more info on the exhibition and how we responded to the task here:
http://www.peoplelikeus.org/2010/people_like_us_new_record_and_print_in_edinburgh_exhibition.html

Dates of Exhibition: 17 July to 04 September 2010
Opening Hours: Weekly Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm
CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAYS
Admission: Free
Venue: Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LR
Telephone: 0131 557 2479
Website: www.edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk

People Like Us & Wobbly – Music For The Fire

Release date 15 June 2010

The fruit of many years of work, this album began as People Like Us & Wobbly collected and collaged their way through various depictions of misfired communications and heartbreak sourced from popular culture for a series of live improvisations. Music For The Fire is a plunderphonic concept album depicting the lifespan of a relationship, as told through samples of hundreds of different songs and voices who had no idea they were all telling the same story until they were all spliced together.

Strangely direct and evocative for an album assembled entirely from a patchwork of disparate sources and music both obscure and over-familiar, Music For The Fire comes with an illustrated lyric sheet which reproduces the countless sampled voices as a single if utterly schizophrenic text — a bedtime story that is wildly inappropriate for actual children.  No reliable narrators, just the familiar and absurd, which on different spins of the disc might strike you as either maudlin, poignant or almost painfully hilarious. There is a way out of the maze, but it’s up to you to find it.

Update (2013) – now available for download at UbuWeb
http://www.ubu.com/sound/plu_fire.html

Update (2015) – this CD is now deleted

Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) has been an influential figure in the field of audio visual collage, through her innovative sampling, appropriating and cutting up of found footage and archives. She has shown work at, amongst others, Tate Modern, the National Film Theatre, Purcell Room, Pompidou Center, Sonar in Barcelona, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the BBC and Channel 4, released albums of her work on labels such as Tigerbeat6, Soleilmoon and Touch, both solo and in collaboration with Matmos, Ergo Phizmiz, Christian Marclay and members of Negativland.  2010 will see the completion of a commission for the Edinburgh Art Festival as well as concert appearances at the AV Festival, MACBA, Liverpool Sound City, Copenhagen & Jerusalem.

Wobbly is the long-running collage project of Jon Leidecker (US), who improvises live with pre-recordings to coax the harmonies out of recorded sounds of individuals and animals from disparate cultures. Albums have been released on the labels Alku, Phthalo, Illegal Art, Tigerbeat6 and Vague Terrain.  Previous and ongoing projects include the bands Chopping Channel, Sagan, the Freddy McGuire Show and Amen Seat, as well as various collaborations with Negativland, Matmos, Thomas Dimuzio, Blevin Blectum, Lesser, Tim Perkis & Xopher Davidson, Otomo Yoshihide and MaryClare Bryztwa.  In 2009 he was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona to produce “Variations”, a podcast and lecture series overview of the history of musical collage & sampling.

People Like Us & Wobbly have been collaborating since her first visit to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998.  Early improvisations as a trio (with The Jet Black Hair People, aka Peter Conheim of Negativland) are documented by the online album What’s The Use, as well as archives of numerous radio and concert appearances recorded both in California and London, including on BBC Radio 3‘s “Mixing It”.  The present album for Illegal Art is composed from live recordings, carefully and obsessively edited over a great deal of time, and is their funniest, darkest and yet somehow strangely compassionate work, Music For The Fire tells a story which every listener will recognize in their own unique way.

With the release of People Like Us & Wobbly‘s Music For The Fire, Illegal Art continues to embrace a pay-what-you-want business model for high-quality downloads.  All label releases over the last four years have been issued (or reissued) under a the flexible payment system, and the entire Illegal Art back catalog should be subsumed by the end of 2010.  People Like Us & Wobbly also have a history of offering free downloads of entire projects, both new and old.  Vicki Bennett is such a firm endorser of the gift economy that she is the top downloaded audio artist on UbuWeb.  Her online-only album Abridged Too Far (2004) garnered over 25,000 downloads in its first month, and she adamantly defends such free offerings as beneficial to both the artist and consumer.

Press Quotes:

PEOPLE LIKE US
“… a freeform, unfolding imaginary landscape that is liberally peppered with slapstick.” – Phil England, The Wire

Bennett has continued to impress us with her technical ability and her wonderful sense of the ridiculous.” – Olli Siebelt, BBC

“… beautiful, compelling, funny, crazy stuff.  I listen to [People Like Us] while sitting at my drawing board.” – Matt Groening

“… it is that delirious adventure to tune in Disney cartoons while we administered a strong dose of amphetamines, LSD, and any other lysergic cocktail.” – J. Carlos Vellamueva, Rolling Stone (Mexico)

“… after prolonged exposure to the alchemical work of Vicki Bennett, we see and hear our own everyday world as one big joke which is already cut to pieces.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry.” – Drew Daniel, Matmos

“… warped-out easy easy-listening goddess and sample abuser extraordinaire.” – Ben Willmott, NME

Bennett has taken Eisenstein’s montage collisions and refashioned them as bumper cars at a seaside carnival.” – Jim Supanick, Film Society of Lincoln Center

WOBBLY
“If only one album were to be timecapsuled for the turn of this century, Wild Why would be a worthy candidate” – Pataphysics Lab

“The head is dazzling of all the cut up and collage which go by in highspeed” – Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

“It would be pointless to try and characterize any of the sessions because the range of material they draw on is so diverse that the tracks are constantly changing direction” – Ben Borthwick, The Wire

“An expert at sculpting cohesive harmonies out of seemingly disjointed fragment.” – George Zahora, Splendid

“… a hewn diamond that, although beautiful, cuts through the most impermeable of solid bullshit.” – Tobias C. Van Veen, Stylus

Wild Why is a staggering deconstruction of commercial urban radio, breaking down mainstream hip-hop and R&B into a sludge of guttural  samples and low-end goo…  the rules holding our own world together bend wildly under even the slightest pressure.” – Philip Sherburne, Needle Drops