Kneebody’s latest album, Kneedelus, a collaboration with electronic musician Daedelus, explores the theory of technological singularity.
According to the jazz band’s website, technological singularity is “the notion that humans and computer technology will increasingly blend together.” The group’s saxophonist, Ben Wendel, is a high school friend of Alfred Darlington (a.k.a. Daedelus and a onetime jazz/double bass student at the University of Southern California). While Wendel and Daedelus performed together over the years, the idea for what would become Kneedelus arose after Wendel received a grant to further delve into technological singularity.
According to Daedelus, ultimately, with assistance from technology, the endpoint was the creation of something a bit more intimate for the band, which features Kaveh Rastegar (John Legend, Sia) on bass.
Here’s one of the results — “Drum Battle” from Kneedelus:
Kneedelus Track List:
- The Hole
- Drum Battle
- They Are We
- Thought Not
- Not Love