NY-LA///SOUND + VISION///”88 BOADRUM”: THE SOUND OF 176 DRUMMERS DRUMMING…

August 12, 2008  |  LA, News, NYC, Sound + Vision

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Commemorating the opening of the 29th OLYMPIC GAMES in Beijing and the global launch of NIKE SPORTSWEAR, the massive and thundering drumming event known as “88 BOADRUM” was held simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles on August 8, 2008 (aka 08.08.08). In order to create an aural spectacle worthy of the historic occasion, Japanese noise avatars THE BOREDOMS teamed up with NYC art rockers GANG GANG DANCE to perform an 88-minute composition beginning at precisely 8:08 PM on either coast. With the Boredoms ensconced in LA’s historic La Brea Tar Pits, and Gang Gang Dance lining Brooklyn’s Williamsburg waterfront, each group was surrounded by a massive spiral of 88 drummers thundering away in improbably synchronous harmony to create an echoing score that could be heard for miles. In light of a recently published BBC article attesting that rock drummers and performance athletes enjoy comparable cardiovascular fitness levels, a more fitting tribute could not be had. HAVE A LOOK:

NYC (Williamsburg Waterfront):

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LA (La Brea Tarpits):

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