David Conley - Experimental Electronic Music 1998
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by
Alex Cosper on May 2, 2012
David Conley was one of the most experimental electronic
musicians in Sacramento before moving to Monterey in the 2000s to become a nightly entertainer. David has studied music
all his life and has taught piano and guitar to many students. In this video David explores the unknown, seeking
sounds that paint the history of the unknown. Both he and drummer Ron Givens worked with me at alternative station
KWOD in Sacramento as air personalities. What's interesting about this video is that it was made in 1998, the
year before the music industry peaked and began its long financial decline due to a changing of the guard.
Napster, for better or worse, transformed music in 1999 as downloads became the new way to listen to music,
ushering in a new digital age. The conversation over the music in this video revolves around the idea that
civilization's past and future are unknown. That leaves the present as our main resource.
As host of the local music show on KWOD called "The Sound of Sacramento," he gave many artists
their first airplay. Althiough I was the creator and original host of the show along with Morris B,
it was David who convinced me to launch the show, which was born in June 1992, a year after KWOD began
experimenting with alternative music and six months before the station officially flipped to the
alternative format. His contribution to Sacramento music culture was enormous. It was David who helped
transform the scene from a cassette culture to a digital culture because when he eventually took over
the show he raised the bar by letting bands know the music had to be submitted in a digital format.
As an artist, he performed a mix of electronic, pop and rock material that set a new tone for the
local scene throughout the 90s. Read more about independent music at
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