Polarity/1

Polarity/1

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GENRES: ELECTRONICA, ELECTRO-FOLK Polarity/1 is an unpredictable genre hybrid of electronica and songs. Grooves are based on homemade loops, cut & paste percussive noise, and live playing. Stories, delerium, political statements & sonic spaghetti make beat science for curved dancefloor.

Biography

Polarity/1 (Polar Levine) has been hooked on music since age two when he discovered rock, swing and salsa. By age 15 he discovered Bob Dylan and, preferring the early recordings, starting playing guitar and writing political songs. The songs soon grew weird appendages as they came under the influence of Brazilian music, jazz (Coltrane, Sun Ra, Dolphy) and fusion (Mahavishnu, Weather Report), Japanese Gagaku and African drumming.

While living in Boston in the 80's he discovered Cage, George Crumb and Laurie Anderson which kicked in a period of composing purely abstract soundscapes for multimedia performances and theater. He also did music for commercials and TV show themes.

After moving to New York he got groove again. After a few years of playing percussion in samba bands at S.O.B.'s and other venues, Polar landed in hip hop which combined his interests in grooves, samples and wordplay into one form. He and rapper D.A.V. became Medicine Crew. In the aftermath of 9/11 Polar was asked to do a remix for Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Project released on a compilation by Tommy Boy Records. His experience of 9/11 which was perpetrated in his neighborhood led to a collaboration with multi-platinum Pakistan rock band Junoon resulting in their hit song 'No More'. Since 1999 he's been recording CDs and composing music for films. In 2003 he created, with drummer Curtis Watts, Battery Drumline -- an all-kids samba school. His political songs have been played regularly on Amy Goodman's sindicated Democracy Now broadcasts and other politically-oriented radio shows. Polarity/1's CD Speechless was was nominated Best Electronica album by Just Plain Folks, a music site that covers music from 85 countries in over 60 different genres of music. John Hollander has choreographed four tracks from Speechless for New York's Battery Dance Company's fall season opening in November 2006. The CD has been remastered and was recently re-released.

In 2007 New York's Battery Dance Company choreographed four of his compositions and will tour with the work later this year. His served as Music Supervisor, scored and wrote songs for the film In Debt We Trust, directed by Danny Schechter and has just completed work another film for Schechter.

Currently Polar is creating a multi-media/performance installation that he hopes will tour internationally. In the coming year he wants to get more involved with composing and licensing for film and theater is will soon put together a new band.

Lyrics

Duck

Written By: Polarity/1

Weasel droppings on the flooded skyline?Gassy foam from the tabloid byline?Waiters and getters Goiters and betters?Corporate bedwetters, aiders, abetters?Spin their story of Storyville City?Where the folks is happy?And the jazz so pretty?America dreams on an oily lake?Golden goose-step for Jesus' sake?Department of sleepwalk?And binary small talk?Cakewalk on water to attend the wake??Notable notables keeping score?Donut holes on the ballroom floor?K Street paid to handle the door?for the donut holes on the ballroom floor

You don't hear what you say?You don't say what you know?You beg for my vote like a crackhead ho?Bullshit flow goes only to flip flop?But you don't live?Where the rust goes drip drop?Streets you deplete?Are not where your kids go?We follow the leaders?You follow the dough

CHORUS: If it quacks like a duck? Walks like a duck? Looks like a duck? It must be a hunter? Duck, brother, duck

Spyboy hanging up top the mast?Gettin' heavy on the levee but relief not fast?Play some of that good ol' jazz?(Yeah, play dat jazz)?For that gang of Texans?marching back to the past?And livin' large, Sarge?And not takin' charge, Sarge?Of the Mardi Gras on the sinking barge?Root toot goes the second line?Drinkin' wine spodee odee?On the 50 yard line?A fine job, Brownie just fine?Blackie on the housetop, watchin'?his family dyin'?Smells like death, yo. Yo, hold your breath?Excuses flyin' like crystal meth???Notable notables keeping score?Donut holes on the ballroom floor?K Street paid to handle the door?for the donut holes on the ballroom floor

You don't hear what you say?You don't say what you know?You beg for my vote like a crackhead ho?Bullshit flow goes only to flip flop?But you don't live?Where the rust goes drip drop?Streets you deplete?Are not where your kids go?We follow the leaders?You follow the dough

CHORUS: If it quacks like a duck? Walks like a duck? Looks like a duck? It must be a hunter? Duck, brother, duck

©2006 polar levine--sine language music/BMI

Love Is Hard

Written By: Polarity/1

Allison ponders a man named Mose?He's up on a mountain with his bush a-burnin'?Was he sucking on Yvonne's toes??While girl sits home all toss and turnin'?Cold compress and a dose of religion?A yen to confess what's in her bones?Shopping for shoes in lieu of livin'?Then bolt the door and get on with jones?Stairwell dank in the cold of summer?Love is hard no love's a bummer?I know

CHORUS: Love is hard ... lovelorn? Love is hard ... shopworn? Got to slow down.
Got to slow down? Slow down? To get born

Moses suits up, shoots up the fast lane?Swims upstream in digital pool?Knocking down pussy like lines of cocaine?A gut full of gimme and a mouth full of drool?Sweet sixteen in the neighbor's yard?Someone else's buns in the oven?Mo is whackin' the doggie hard?Twenty times two but no real lovin'?Love is hard where the fun is easy?Heart gets tired while the nose gets greasy?I know

CHORUS: Love is hard ... lovelorn? Love is hard ... shopworn? Got to slow down.
Got to slow down? Slow down? To get born

©2006 polar levine--sine language music/BMI

Discography

ELECTRONICA (instrumentals): Speechless, Heavy Meadow (as Audioplasm - a duo consisting of Polarity/1 and Rubio)

SONGS: Prettier Than You, Yankin' The Food Chain

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Set List

Polarity/1 will soon be performing with a new band.

More info coming soon.