Clan Destined producer and MC DT has put together one of the more interesting musical experiments of 2010 with his ur... mixtape called The Yes Project. Available for free from Clan Destined's Bandcamp page, DT has weaved together several of the more complex and stylistic musical moments from three albums by seminal prog rockers Yes: Fragile, The Yes Album and Close to the Edge. What's most striking about The Yes Project is that it unfolds more like a Yes mixtape than anything else. DT's beat work and production is kept surprisingly sparse, while the group's members can be heard dissecting the music over the warm crackle of vinyl sounds.
On Tues., Dec. 28, DT will perform material from The Yes Project at Apache Cafe with Dr. Conspiracy and Drumz of Def, Ethereal and DJ Dug Boogie, hosted by Fort Knox. $5. 9 p.m.
Chad Radford: How are you going pull this off live?
DT: I'm going to have a MPC, and there will also be a live guitarist, a live keyboard player and a DJ. He's going to be spinning some of the parts that I took off of the Yes records.
Tell me about your affinity for Yes.
I got into Yes just from being a producer and sampling a lot of music. I randomly came upon some of their records and some point and have been working with it ever since. They had an ability to be 100% about the musicianship, and they got away with it. They put out albums and no one questioned what they were doing at all. They were so free with what they did.
I was also really drawn to how they made their music. Each person contributed to the composition in the sense that each member of the group made their own part, and then they melded the parts together, and each individual part was scrutinized by the others. Everybody was a part of it, the guitar player could make keyboard suggestions... That's why all of the songs are so long, each member of the group might have something that goes on for two minutes and by the end you have a ten-minute song. But I love the guitar work, the keyboards and synthesizers, and I love the time signature changes. I love things that make me think and their music does that. But it also gives you some straightforward good musical moments.
Beyond all of that, The Yes Project captures the sound of a needle on a record that has a lot of miles on it, like you're listening to a used copy of a Yes record that you'd pick up at Wax n' Facts, or some place like that. You can hear the dust in the grooves and the space between the speakers. But also what you've done with the music is very subtle, it's not like listening to The Grey Album or anything like that.
Yeah! I definitely tried to incorporate all of that into how it comes across. I wanted this to embody them. I wanted the music of Yes to be the focal point of this whole thing, not necessarily what I was doing with it. I wanted to make something that really shows off what these guys were saying about music and life in general in a way that would make people really appreciate what they did, and I wanted it to be something that [Yes] could potentially hear and like as well.
I mean, it is The Yes Project. I could have done something where I just made a bunch of beats and played them over a bunch of samples from Yes records, but I really wanted to show off their ideas, and what's being played behind them talking is an example of what they're talking about. For whatever song you hear I tried to take bits of dialogue where they're talking about subject matter from that exact song, or something that I could construe to be about that song.
Will you do a CD or LP release with this?
If I do a physical release I'd want to sell them for enough to at least pay for the cost of making them. But really, I would just want to break even on. The way it is now, it's free on the Internet. It's there for the people, and I definitely don't want to get sued! I kind of doubt that it would get to that point, I don't think that anyone from Yes would ever pay any attention to it, but you never know.
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?