Mr. Geoffrey & JD Franzke "Get a Room"
These Australian DJs have been working together for the past five years, originally sharing a residency at the Melbourne night club, Honky Tonks. ?Get A Room? combines found sounds, field recordings, snippets of conversations and excerpts from old songs to create a free-flowing, yet spontaneous sonic collage in the style of The KLF?s classic, genre-defining ?Chill Out? (TVT, 1990) or the more recent work of fellow DJ, Mark Vidler and his Go Home Productions. The mix opens with some smooth, cocktail jazz from an unidentified crooner (Bobby Darin?) and the excerpt from an old NASA album describing the liftoff of Apollo 11, before segueing into bird calls, electronic swooshes, a far-off pedal steel and further collages. Short of describing each of the mood enhancing excerpts, ?Get A Room? is nearly impossible to review. Suffice it to say they transitions are smooth and professional, the use of disparate sounds, musical styles and studio trickery is seemless, as Geoffrey & Franzke create mood swings that may work best as a chill out session following a night of late-night carousing and club hopping.
You?ll hear violin excerpts from what sound like film soundtracks bursting into blasts of snappy jazz horns and clarinets, various old songs, mostly of the smooth jazz style that your dad used to listen to back in the 60s, childish laughter, conversations, street sounds and bustling traffic (buses, bicycles), reggae dubs, waves lapping the shores, mournful trumpets, baying hounds, barking dogs ? in short, the soundtrack of our lives. It?s a musical travelogue through the winding back alleys of Europe with the radio in your head playing excerpts from long-forgotten songs from 40+ years ago. It?s also a frustrating experience for anal retentive types who would like to know where all the excerpts came from, as well as a copyright nightmare (since nothing is credited) that begs the question: is it an original piece of art or is it a great editing job? Perhaps, both, but we?ll leave that to Extreme?s lawyers to deal with.
So if you are in the mood for a collection of mash-ups and incongruous musical segues that somehow gel perfectly or haven?t dug out ?Chill Out? in a while, put your head back and your feet up and crash from a long, strenuous day at the office with this very enjoyable listening experience. You can even make a game out of it by inviting your friends over to sit down and listen and try to identify as many excerpts as possible. 7/10 -- Jeff Penczak (18 December, 2006)