Of all the musicians we have in town, I think none are more creative than David Bernabo. For years he has been integrating his music with art, literature, and performance like no one else. His latest project is DJ Responsibility and his first endeavor under the moniker is Formalism. He produced an album. One copy only. The only way you can hear it is to visit the library and listen to it. You cannot check it out and you cannot find it anywhere else. You can read more about it here. When I first heard about it I was fascinated. Dave was kind enough to meet me at the library as I wanted to ‘document’ his latest idea. I was sort of expecting to photograph a bunch of people listening to the music and possibly producing a collage of some sort. When it was apparent that it was going to be just me and him, I gave Dave the camera to photograph me while I listened to the 19 minute album before I took shots of him. Sitting there, I was kinda blown away by the utter simplicity of the project but started thinking of the realms of participation by an ‘audience’ member, and to exponentially add the fact that the composer himself was documenting me for ideas I had and…um, yeah, I am sure Dave would be the first to say, “Hugh, chill”. All I can say is please do yourself a favor and swing by Oakland before May 31st to at least hear the piece. After that, it’s going to be gone forever. What is also exciting is the fact that this will not be the last DJ Responsibility ‘experience’ and hopefully, I will be able to feature some of them here, that is, if I am quick enough!