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View a video excerpt from a performance of composer Nicolas Collins's Devil's Music

View this excerpt of a performance of Nicolas Collins's Devil's Music (1985) filmed at Southern Danceworks, Birmingham, Alabama, December 1987, camerawork by Dorah Funmilayo Rosen.

"In "Devil's Music fragments of radio broadcasts are digitally sampled, looped, re-triggered and occasionally reversed or de-tuned. All material is taken from FM and AM transmissions occurring at the time of the performance. The performer plays off of certain musical ground-rules intrinsic to the sampling system (which consists of three modified inexpensive effect devices) to develop the quirky rhythmic interplay that characterizes the piece."

EM Records have recently re-released Devil's Music, as a double LP or a double CD, which contains extra tracks, video and software for performing Devil's Music yourself.

Watch a solo drum performance by Ikuro Takahashi

In February 2010, Japanese percussionist Ikuro Takahashi performed at Akebono Art and Community Centre in Sapporo, capital city of Japan’s northernmost main island Hokkaido. Film maker Mikio Saito was there to capture it