Mr. Scruff is one of my favorite artists on Ninja Tune. I especially love an uptempo little ditty called ‘Get a Move On.” Its built upon a sample from ‘Bird’s Lament’ by a composer named Moondog, and his backstory is one of the more classic tales of mad musicianship I’ve ever heard:

From Wikipedia:

Moondog was the pseudonym of Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916–September 8, 1999), a blind American composer, musician, cosmologist, poet, and inventor of several musical instruments.  Although these achievements would have been considered extraordinary for any blind person, Moondog further removed himself from society through his decision to make his home on the streets of New York for approximately twenty of the thirty years he spent in the city. The public began to appreciate the extent of Moondog’s talents only in the final decades of Moondog’s life, primarily because of his stubborn refusal to wear anything other than his own home-made clothes, all based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Thor. Indeed, he was known for much of his life as ‘The Viking of 6th Avenue’.”

Check out the mad genius:

–DJ Rex Manning Day


1 Response to “Moondog!”

  1. 1 Mr Aura County
    November 11, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Here is my web site in french about Moondog : http://minisym.wordpress.com



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