Live Human are a San Francisco instrumental trio of turntable (Carlos Aguiler,
aka DJ Quest), bass (Andrew Kushin) and percussion (Albert Mathias)
whose improvised music bridges the gap between hip hop and jazz.
In addition, a technique of live sampling continuously reinvents their
compositions during live performances.
Aguiler's scratchadelic art acts as the center of mass for
Live Human Featuring DJ Quest (Cosmic, 1997), a groundbreaking stew of
noise-jazz, cubistic hip hop and dislocated funk.
Three of those tracks resurfaced on the EP Improvisessions
(Fatcat, 1997), in particular Alien Church Gospel,
one of their most innovative compositions.
The trio stretches its method on
Monostereosis (Fatcat, 1999) to incorporate
chamber music (Fancy), latin-jazz (One For D) and
Quest's experiments with sound match Jimi Hendrix guitar masturbations and
Anthony Braxton's saxophone monologues.
Elefish Jellyphant (Matador, 2000) is perhaps a more eclectic work,
in that it runs the gamut from funk to ambient and is less centered on
After the spectacular Live (COD, 2002),
Bullet Proof Space Travelers (Built to Last, 2001) was a collaboration
between DJ Quest and other djs.
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