Philip Perkins

Drive Time

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Philip Perkins' winding and storied career found him wearing diverse hats, from working with various experimental film collectives to providing light design and choreography for the Residents between 1979 and 1983. Perkins' work with music composition often delved into mixed media of film, dance, and visual art, and in 1985 he released Drive Time, a collection of electronic pieces he'd composed for an AM radio commuter show of the same name. Similar in some ways to the electronic music commissioned from Suzanne Ciani by enormous companies like Coca-Cola and AT&T, Perkins' music for Drive Time surpasses the typical space-filling jingles and theme music of most radio with more personality, intrigue, and strangeness than expected.

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