Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead's "Talk Show Host"

by Christopher O'Riley

2 March 2012

Classical pianist and composer Christopher O'Riley curates Mixed Media selecting favorites of his work and others.

Perhaps the most rewarding examinations of Radiohead’s recent album, The King of Limbs, is in the realm of remixes. Several surfaced over the course of the summer after the album’s release, collected and available now in album form as TKOL RMX 1234567. The whole matter of remixing as a creative venue has gained more recognition and respect in the last few years, but has been percolating happily for as long as the old release by the Cure, “All Mixed Up” and lots of Björk-related singles.
The idea of taking songs apart and fragmenting them, then riffing on those fragments or otherwise highlighting background, obscuring and then reilluminating those fragments, went into my own take on a favorite obscure Radiohead b-side (though long my own most popular single track on iTunes, maybe not just because it’s the longest/most bang for the buck?), seen here accompanied by a luminous sequence of dream images.

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