May 25, 2010

Artist of the Day: Odd Nosdam

Meet David P. Madson, a.k.a. Odd Nosdam: artist, musician, DJ, and co-founder and ex-art director of Bay Area record label/collective Anticon.

Through the years, this Middle American maestro of beat-driven collage has championed a sound reflective of his greatest influences (hip-hop, indie rock, reggae, ambient), but one that can only be paired with the Odd Nosdam name. His source materials are meticulously selected from dusty vinyl archives, field recordings and occasional live instrumentation, then spun into heady atmospheric bliss via sampling, knob turning, layering, tape-dubbing, and the happy accidents that come with the territory. His oeuvre comprises album-length opuses of shadowy soundscapes (2005 and 2007’s fuzz-addled, dub-damaged wonder twins, 'Burner' and 'Level Live Wires'), hodgepodge instrumental collections (1999’s 'Plan 9... Meat Your Hypnotis.', 2002’s 'No More Wig For Ohio', and 2006’s self-released 'Vol. 8'), crate-digging mix tape delights (like 2002's masterful DJ mash-up 'Le Mixtape Delux' and 2007's smash-up 'Mixtape Super Delux'), original soundtracks (most notably, for Element Skateboards' 2007 feature length film, 'This Is My Element'), and compilations of choice odds and ends (2008's double disc set of remixes, B-sides, videos and original songs, 'Pretty Swell Explode').

In collaboration as well, Nosdam has made deep forays into the far side of sound, first gaining wide acclaim for the megaspheric drone and warped pop of his former group cLOUDDEAD (with fellow Anticon founders Why? and Doseone); more recently, working closely with Mike Patton on his Peeping Tom project and remixing tracks by a variety of bands including The Notwist, Danielson Famile, Serena-Maneesh, Boards of Canada, Bracken and Black Moth Super Rainbow. He’s also produced, mixed or collaborated with Jel, Jessica Bailiff, Reaching Quiet, Restiform Bodies, Thee More Shallows, TV On The Radio, Kool Keith, Themselves, Sole, Sage Francis, Mr. Dibbs, Dosh, Fog, Why?, Alias, Múm, Eluvium, Grouper, Greenthink, Hood and others (Anticon).

You can listen to Odd Nosdam's music at:

Released Albums:
Odd Nosdam - Level Live Wires
Odd Nosdam - Burner
Odd Nosdam - T.I.M.E. Soundtrack
Odd Nosdam - No More Wig For Ohio
Odd Nosdam - Untitled Three
Odd Nosdam - Plan 9...Meat Your Hypnotist
Odd Nosdam - Pretty Sweet Explode

Odd Nosdam. Anticon. Retrieved from

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