The Beat Experience was a multi-part project that included a one hour documentary about the Beat generation included in the the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition Beat Culture as well as the first interactive museum catalogue, a CD-ROM for the exhibition, and a companion CD, “Offbeat”, featuring contemporary tracks inspired by the Beats including a collaboration between the legendary poet Amiri Baraka and DJ Spooky. It also was a groundbreaking exploration of the seminal DJ culture emerging at the time with tracks by DJ Krush, Skylab, and Moby.
- The Beat Experience CD-ROM sold over 10,000 copies and was the first interactive museum catalogue.
- The CD-ROM included original recordings by Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane; underground films by Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, and others as well as texts and spoken word by William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and others.
- The CD-ROM also including among the first interactive art pieces and animations designed and created by Sue Coe, Gary Panter, Stephen Kroninger, Suzan Pitt, Kevin Kerslake and others.
- The one hour non-linear documentary played on a loop in a booth at the center of the Whitney exhibition, allowing the soundtrack to leak throughout the show and create a connection among the visual art and the music and sounds of the era.
- Segments of the video were designed by some of the most innovative contemporary editors in the world including Hank Corwin and Bruce Ashley.
The Red Hot Organization’s eighth compilation Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip — the proceeds of which benefit AIDS groups — explores post-rock with the same agility as 1995’s Red Hot + Bothered did the indie scene.
collection of ambient breakbeat and soundtrack-influenced rock, Offbeat is an appropriately titled left-field venture of the Red Hot + Blue benefit series.
The sold-out show marked the closing of the “Beat Culture and the New America” exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, celebrated the release of the experimental dance-music compilation “Offbeat” on TVT Records and raised money for the AIDS-prevention group called Red Hot Organization, which compiled the album.
- Created, Designed & Produced by:
- John Carlin
- Offbeat album produced by:
- Paul Heck and John Carlin