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Ted Hearne: R We Who R We

Philip White: R We Who R We

R WE WHO R WE

R WE WHO R WE is an ongoing collaboration by composer-performers Ted Hearne (voice, vocal processing) and Philip White (mixer feedback, electronics). We first performed at Kathleen Supove's Music With a View Festival in March 2011 at the Flea Theater in Tribeca. Since then, we've been seen at venues throughout New York, including The Invisible Dog, Littlefield, and the A.C. Institute, and presented by the Electronic Music Foundation. We were presented by Chicago's High Concept Laboratories, and have performed at lectured at Wesleyan University, Bowling Green State University and The University of Chicago.

R WE WHO R WE mixes the free theft/collage style of Girl Talk with the raw noise of Merzbow. Philip White's mixer feedback, controlled through a homemade rig of circuits and low-fi electronics, conjures the sound-world of legendary experimental musician David Tudor, but becomes something entirely new when fused with the production aesthetics of pop pioneer Dr. Luke. Ted Hearne's voice - inflamed, athletic and powerfully stark, with the operatic drama of a latter-day Jeff Buckley, the experimentalism of Mike Patton and party chic of Ke$ha herself - does furious battle with his own auto-tune. A tribute and commentary to both classic and ephemeral artists of the pop landscape, R WE WHO R WE uses pop music like grafitti uses public space, exploiting the tension between theft and tribute, much as collage artist John Oswald did 30 years ago with his seminal and mischevious album Plunderphonic.

Our first (eponymous) album will be released in Februrary 2013 on New Focus Recordings.

"Material Gurl" brings an unexpected tenderness to the classic anthem from Madonna, while "Just the Chorus Now" puts a solo mic in the hands of the affirmative backup chorus from Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror, and "Emotions" transforms Mariah Carey's iconic 1991 performance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" into a churning exorcism. "Hi Is My Name" electrifies the opening track from Eminem's The Slim Shady LP with a compulsively methodical yet manic rendition, and "Gucci Gucci" makes the breakout hit from Oakland hipster Kreayshawn an Adderall-infused dancehall romp.

Watch Ted and Philip perform the title track of their project R We Who R We:

film by Jeremy Robins, from the 2011 Dither Extravaganza at The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn.

lyrics:
And hot.

One of us if you're '-er-ous
if danger the hipst-uz we make 'thus
then roll with our hot we 'gin love
-sters fall of and yes enough pants on this town
we runnin' we duz'
we course you don't and no a club
just like sus on got Je- with us
wanna mess 'luz
Got luz - a-luce, my neck-a

Eyes on my ter that glit stock
Eyes the side up the 'pdall -kings rip look
('Ide) -i-fied Sex-i and king sick so
('Ide) - oh-oh let's go we're go tonight

Let's go! ar-ar-ar- ing har
The world just like ar-ard our-our-our-our
Is our in' it we're tear- our-ours ar-ar-ar a-par-
We're sup-you know ar-art
Who we are we 'per-stars -cin'

Like we're dan- are dum-dum-dum
We're dum -dies go our bo- dum-dumb num-num-num
In num for ev- we'll be num-numb young young young ver- young
We're sup - you know - young young
Who we are we 'per starts

J.D. are damn time it's about it up
(ay) Turn sick of being I'm so it up
To live my brain it's makin' ri-ous
So seee- just I'm ri-ous de-li-
You about I'm tellin' 'kin' truth
'Ust talk our clothes, we're sellin' we do
The shit it dowwwwn (rrrs)
Dressin' in carrrs
Sleepin' hard got
On dudes hittin'

Eyes on my ter that glit stock
Eyes the side up the 'pdall -kings rip look
('Ide) -i-fied Sex-i and king sick so
('Ide) - oh-oh let's go we're go tonight

Let's go! ar-ar-ar- ing har
The world just like ar-ard our-our-our-our
Is our in' it we're tear- our-ours ar-ar-ar a-par-
We're sup-you know ar-art
Who we are we 'per-stars -cin'

Like we're dan- are dum-dum-dum
We're dum -dies go our bo- dum-dumb num-num-num
In num for ev- we'll be num-numb young young young ver- young
We're sup - you know - young young
Who we are we 'per starts

J.D. are up up up up it up i-turn it
J.D. are up up up up it up i-turn it
J.D. are up up up up it up i-turn it
J.D. are up up up up it up i-turn it

The world just like ar-ard our-our-our-our
Is our in' it we're tear- our-ours ar-ar-ar a-par-
We're sup-you know ar-art
Who we are we 'per-stars -cin'

Like we're dan- are dum-dum-dum
We're dum -dies go our bo- dum-dumb num-num-num
In num for ev- we'll be num-numb young young young ver- young
We're sup - you know - young young
Who we are we 'per starts
Ow!

(lyrics taken from a mangled version of WE R WHO WE R by Ke$ha)

Ted Hearne: R We Who R We
to book a performance or for more information, contact:
Ted Hearne
ted@yesisaworld.org