Brian Joseph Davis, whose work often involves employing conceptualist strategies from the sixties mixed with humour and pop culture, presents "It's Gonna Rain Blood" at the Box Salon this Thursday, February 21st. The piece takes Steve Reich's early tape-loop piece "It's Gonna Rain" and applies the technique to the Slayer song "Raining Blood". "It's Gonna Rain" from 1965 and "Come Out" (from the following year, which I prefer) are among the composer's earliest works - both simple voice recordings; one a Pentecostal preacher and the other a protester beaten by the police who had to prove his he was hurt in order to get treatment ("I had to, like, open the bruise up and let some of the bruise blood come out to show them"). Reich applied the recordings to rudimentary but powerful two channel phase shifting techniques. The works have been cited as early examples of minimalism, ambient music and sampling.
BJD's thrash metal version (using the closing track from Slayer's classic 1986 record "Reign in Blood") takes place at 8pm at the Rivoli. Carl Wilson is also on the bill.