RE/Mixed Media Festival embraces the theoretical and the practical : where new tech intersects with the old art of creative appropriation
Dub, Jamaica’s most influential music. “… From drone to dubstep, the values and techniques of dub are more present than ever in the music we consume every day.” : http://www.factmag.com/2014/04/16/dubbing-is-a-must-a-beginners-guide-to-jamaicas-most-influential-genre/
Sound as Weapon : Sound Claims Space - Nik Nowak has got a passion for the physical experience of bass. The artist has studied in Berlin, New York and Shanghai. His work shows the energy of sound – and its function as a weapon.
The Panzer Soundtank, in action!
Sound Performance by Nik Nowak with his sound mobile called Panzer at Infernoesque Projektraum, Berlin.
More info and photo set:
Berlin-based artist Nik Nowak likes to rock his audience with strange-looking mobile sound systems that emit bass-driven electronic music. His creations bear names like Baron Bass, Sackkarre (sack barrow), Mobile Booster. They are a mixture between extravagant vehicles and big speakers. His latest bass monster looks like tank and is called that way. Nik Nowak pimped a mini-dumper machine with elaborate audio equipment and loudspeakers. On the occasion of the opening of the presentation of Panzer at Infernoesque Gallery in Berlin on September 9, 2011, Nik Nowak played live on his tank.
Nik Nowak likes aggressive music and the physical experiencing of bass. In general, he starts conceiving his machines with drawings and mockups from wood and Styrofoam. Then he realizes the real thing in steel, wood and fiberglass.
Nik Nowak was born in 1981 in Mainz / Germany. He lives and works in Berlin. Nik Nowak studied at the UDK Unversität der Künste in Berlin with Prof. Lothar Baumgarten.
Nik Nowak: Panzer. Sound Performance at Infernoesque Berlin, September 9, 2011.
A Journey Through the Evolution of the Sound System
The sound systems that came out of the 1960s Jamaican dub scene led to a local revolution that changed global music culture. Here we present various ﬁlms and associated ephemera guiding visitors through a musical narrative close to Sonos’ heart – the legacy of listening out loud.
From Seb Carayol curator of the exhibition :
”..My aim was to reposition Jamaican sound system culture where it belongs, at the beginning of all the practices of modern-day urban music, DJing, electro, the art of the remix, you name it. Often, people who are not into reggae specifically – especially in France, where I’m from – tend to believe that everything was invented in NYC for hip hop, or in some Detroit or Chicago warehouses for electro. Part of it was, part of it came from one tiny island in the Caribbean.
In the UK and the US it’s quite different: for instance, people like James Murphy often refer to the importance of Jamaican sound system culture in what he’s become today. Or you’ve got Andrew Weatherall who’s a total King Tubby nut!
That’s why I’ve focused my exhibition on the sound system as an actual musical instrument, more than just on reggae in general. In an ideal world, the ultimate goal would be that when a venue sees a crew that spent months and thousands of dollars building a custom sound system, the management understands it’s for a reason. Would you tell Jimi Hendrix, “Sure, very nice guitar you got, but we just bought this new one that works as well, use ours instead?”
Making the invisible, visible :
Next month, photographer Richard Mosse will arrive in London to exhibit his 40-minute multi-channel video installation filmed in the war-torn eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Enclave is presented in a darkened chamber accompanied by a series of large-scale photos and with an aural backdrop by experimental composer and Bedroom Community regular Ben Frost, who also spent time with Mosse during filming in the DRC.
The oddly psychedelic video was shot on 16mm infrared film, which was initially developed by the military to detect camouflaged enemies and renders the leafy green landscape in bold hues of violet, magenta and shocking pink.
Artwork by Trey Crim for the recently released compilation from Alrealon Musique, ‘Frequencies of Existence: 5 Years of Alrealon Musique - Pt. 3’ (ALRN038 - Pt. 3).
Download the compilation here : http://alrealonmusique.bandcamp.com/album/frequencies-of-existence-5-years-of-alrealon-musique-alrn038-part-3
Taken from the Alrealon Musique release, ‘Frequencies of Exixtence: 5 Years of Alrealon Musique’ (ALRN038 - Pt. 3).“…Much admired around these parts FluiDs ’XII’ is by his usual standard playful and light, a progressive ambient dream coat refined, purred and poised in the demurring starry eyed cosmic curvatures of a beguiled Tangerine Dream mosaic wherein at each turn the textures, depth and density appear ever more sharply focused detailed and defined…”
(Mark Barton/The Sunday Experience 2014).