‘Waves’ utilizes a basic construction of a long piece of elastic string and two motors to visualize the presence of people close to the installation. The string between the two motorized chambers reacts to the people presence and movements, it twirls to produce a sine-wave simulation that eloquently resembles both the digitization of real-time sound waves and patterns of flow and connectivity found in natural systems.
The simple act of making the “invisible” visible can produce profound effects in both our understanding of the world around us and the close relationship we have to the natural and built environment that we occupy daily. Although the project may seem like a simple visualization of intangible forms, it nevertheless connects to our visceral side by creating unique sound output and striking visual stimuli that engage with “persistence of vision” and our connection to the spaces we occupy and their sonic and electromagnetic inhabitants.(http://vimeo.com/12075151)
I’m not a huge fan of Benga, especially since the whole Magnetic Man car crash sonic disaster zone, but you can’t deny that the video for his new track is off the charts. Directed by Us, the process of readying the vinyl took seven working days.
Five years have passed since the Berlin based label Fenou startet to cultivate their own version of playful electronic music – which they term as ‘cuteminimalelectronica’. Accordingly the musical orientation lies somewhere between dancefloor and comfy homesound. That’s how twelve lovingly designed, limited and handnumbered 10” vinyl collector’s items have been created so far. On this very first label compilation ‘Fenou Bouquet Vol. 1′ there are six tracks from the first years and six brandnew and unreleased tracks by artists like Ezekiel Honig, Marbert Rocel, Dapayk & Midnight, Kadebostan, Dixie Yure and Hidenobu Ito. On top of that, the bonus version of this compilation includes a fantastic 60-minute dj-mix by Marcel Knopf who compiled this release in the label’s loving manner. (Text from Fenou Soundcloud page – http://soundcloud.com/fenou)
Last year Dan Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, was one of a number of artists including Beck and Memory Tapes, invited to work on some remixes for a Phillip Glass album project. Much to his annoyance Lopatin had his mix of Glass’ film score to ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (Directed by Godfrey Reggio) rejected.
Wanting to ensure the public heard his remix Dan Lopatin aired the track on a WFMU show with DJ Rapture. Skip to 30:28 on the player below to hear the mix for yourselves. (http://thefourohfive.com/)
Needless to say, the rest of the mix is magic too.
The revolution of the records create drawings that serve as a markers of temporality. The drawings also speak to the idea of the editionable print through their ability to be replicated using domestic materials. (Robert Howsare http://roberthowsare.com/)
A-Sun Amissa is a new project formed out of Leeds, UK by members of Glissando. Built on the foundations of the unknown, a project that encompasses minimalist drones, modern-classical movements and avant-garde tendencies.
Richard Knox (Glissando / ‘The Rustle of the Stars’ / Of Thread & Mist) & Angela Chan (Glissando / ‘The Rustle of the Stars’ / Ten / Tomorrow We Sail) began forming initial ideas in the Autumn of 2011, moving away from the piano-led ambience of previous outputs. Long-time friend Owen Pegg was soon invited to join the project as the pieces developed to enable the songs the depth and intensity they require.
The trio produce a dense, drone-like atmosphere accompanying evocative, melodic string sections and intertwining guitars. The live show features sections of the recorded output combined with improvisation to unlock new movements and progressions in the music. The subtle, considered textures and the hypnotic interaction between players and instruments provide an intense live performance.
Longboard icon Kassia Meador floats serenely across the majestic waves in surfer and filmmaker Bruce Muller’s Echo. The visual meditation is the first of four shorts teasing the release this fall of Frequencies, an experimental documentary and visual essay by Muller shot at prime surfing destinations across Southern California. Starring Meador and with an original score from Los Angeles-based psyche-pop trio E.S.P, Frequencies aims to explore how man can find synergy with nature’s cycles. “Their are so many different frequencies all around us at all times: ocean waves, sound waves, light waves, infrared and many others outside our range, but all have an effect on us,” explains professional surfer and passionate photographer Meador. “There are many parallels we can connect between surfing and navigating life.” Having previously made the music video for Warpaint’s single “Elephant”, Florida-native Muller combined his love of surfing and the fantastical films of Ridley Scott, Andrei Tarkovsky and Akira Kurosawa in the upcoming feature. “We exist in a world that is vast and dynamic,” he says. “We’re using surfing as a medium to explore how we harness these energies and the effects they have on us.” (http://www.nowness.com/)