At the Center

At the Center
Studio album by
Released24 May 2005[1]
GenreNu jazz, breakbeat, house
LabelThirsty Ear THI57159.2
ProducerJack Dangers
Meat Beat Manifesto chronology
Storm the Studio RMXS
At the Center
Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork Media7.1/10[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes[4]

At the Center is an album by Meat Beat Manifesto, released in 2005 as part of the "Blue Series" of Thirsty Ear records fusing jazz with electronica.

Jazz elements had been featured in occasional Meat Beat Manifesto songs over the years, but At the Center is the first outright jazz album in the group's catalog, with bandleader Jack Dangers' collaborators being a trio of prominent jazz players. The album is mostly funk- and fusion-oriented, with a few abstract or free-jazz leaning songs. It consists of instrumentals but has some scattered vocal samples, notably on two songs featuring vintage recordings of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading newspaper classified advertisements (the album's notes misidentify Ferlinghetti as Kenneth Rexroth).

At the Center earned mostly positive reviews from critics of both jazz and electronic music. However, Dangers opted to not continue his exploration of jazz on subsequent Meat Beat Manifesto albums.



Technical personnel

Track listing[]

  1. "Wild" – 5:18
  2. "Flute Thang" – 4:47
  3. "Murita Cycles" – 4:13
  4. "Want Ads One" – 4:27
    • Voice: Lawrence Ferlinghetti[5]
  5. "Blind" – 5:16
  6. "Musica Classica" – 3:34
  7. "Bohemian Grove" – 5:20
  8. "United Nations ETC. ETC." – 3:57
  9. "Want Ads Two" – 4:25
    • Voice: Lawrence Ferlinghetti[5]
  10. "The Water Margin" – 6:34
  11. "Shotgun! (Blast to the Brain)" – 4:59
  12. "Granulation 1" – 3:51


  1. ^ "Meat Beat Manifesto – At the Center". Brainwashed. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. ^ "At the Center – Meat Beat Manifesto". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Meat Beat Manifesto: At the Center". Pitchfork.
  4. ^ "Music Review: Meat Beat Manifesto – At The Center". Tiny Mix Tapes.
  5. ^ a b Kenneth Rexroth#The Beat Generation