As if conducting an Elephant Orchestra weren’t enough, Dave Sulzer (AKA Dave Soldier) is also famous in our minds for a project he did in the ‘90s with the Russian-American artist duo Komar & Melamid.
At that time, Komar & Melamid were already well known for their tongue-in-cheek, survey-based art project, “The People’s Choice: The Most Wanted Painting.” For the project they asked people about the specific aspects of art that they like and disliked, then used the results to create paintings that—statistically speaking—should be the “most wanted” and “most unwanted” paintings possible. Not surprisingly the resulting paintings were more humorous and thought provoking than fine art in their own right. You can view the results here.
To follow it up, Komar & Melamid decided to apply “The People’s Choice” formulae to music, surveying people on the various aspects of music that they liked/disliked the most. And that’s where our Dave comes into the picture…the story is best told (and heard) from here by this video: