In 2014 technology-based art collective Artengine commissioned local musicians to craft soundtracks for a handful of Ottawa bus routes. Memetic got the #2, a route he knew well not only because it runs past the former Eri Café where he DJ'd TIMEKODE every month for nearly 10 years, but because curiously and coincidentally, nearly all of the record shops in the city were along it. Realizing this, Memetic went digging for records at all of the stores along the #2 route; then using what he found, and armed with his Tascam DR-07, his Maschine, some synthesizers and his imagination, he sampled, looped, chopped, re-played, and recorded a brand new suite of music which floats in a field recording documenting the sound of riding the route from the beginning to the end. Snippets, vignettes, half ideas and full songs flow stream-of-consciounesss as the sound of people moving from A-to-B-to-Z, requesting stops, chatting and commuting, getting on and getting off, immerses you in the journey. Take a beathead’s blunted bus trip through the capital city’s crates; Ride with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond.
Is it really a coincidence that the majority of the record shops have found themselves along Rideau, Bank, Somerset, Wellington and then Richmond? Considering the kind of activity record shopping is and the kind of streets that they are, it makes sense doesn’t it? The kinds of retail activity that leverage foot fall find the feet on integrated streets with lots of movement. What’s really coincidental is that there’s a bus route connecting three integrated centres of the city before reaching another kind of center; The Bayshore Mall. This route connects two ends of the city to very different visions of the retail-residential relationship. But more importantly (for me) it connects me 2 my records, and 2 my party, and 2 where I create. -- MEMETIC, 2015