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Emergency Broadcast Network

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Emergency Broadcast Network is the name of a visionary multimedia performance group that took its name from the ‘Emergency Broadcast System’. The founders were Rhode Island School of Design graduates Joshua Pearson, Gardner Post and Brian Kane (author of the Vujak VJ software). The EBN Live Team also included DJ Ron O’Donnell and video artist/technologist Greg Deocampo.

EBN, while formed back in 1992, proved to be ahead of their time with their innovative approach in creating what has now become know in the music industry as “video scratching”

Their modus operandi was to take cable television broadcasts and remix them with a funky beat, often having the lyrics ‘sung’ not by a singer but by half-second sound clips from TV spliced together.

Among their videos are Electronic Behavior Control System (click link for video), from their 1995 album Telecommunication Breakdown (produced by Jack Dangers, which mocks the way television controls our lives. For example, the lyric “electronic behavior control system” would be created with a clip of Ross Perot saying “electronic”, followed by a clip of George H. W. Bush saying “behavior”, then Ted Koppel saying “control”, and finally a clip of someone else saying “system”.

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  • LanFill

    interesting breaks on the tracks i heard. nice

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • gulfalco

    Yeah, saw them live twice back in L.A., both shows were very memorable experiences. Oh yeah, and whenever I have another Gulf War vet(like me) over I try to remember to play the "GW, Ground War" video or whatever it is called. They always have a strong reaction to seeing that, I can assure you! :o] ps: come do a show here in SF, please?

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • oyveychris

    Saw these guys live more than a few times. Crazy stage show! They used to cruise around Providence in an old white station wagon with the EBN logo emblazoned on the side, and kinds of satellite dishes and whatnot mounted to the roof.

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • dianashamilton

    Found an old personal favorite there (caution, mature content): Get Down

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • deftlyd

    I see comments looking for the vids. Try Josh Pearson's homepage - http://www.joshualpearson.com/ for most of the them.

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • tokachu

    Just buy the CD, rip the songs yourself, and get the videos off of the CD.

    8 May 2007 Reply
  • leishman88

    does anyone know where you can buy the cd of telecommunication breakdown with the songs on one disc and the vids on the other? can only find the vids on the net but want to put the songs on my mp3 player

    17 Feb 2007 Reply
  • dsp_

    is anybody in possession of the ntsc video or has got it in digital form? =) i'm highly interested in a full version just found snippets like a lad insane

    17 Jun 2006 Reply
  • Alucard_Dr

    Who on earth tagged these guys with Japanese?!?!!?

    29 Apr 2006 Reply

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