‘The partners do not precede their relating: all that is, is the fruit of becoming with.’ -Donna Haraway, When Species Meet
Mixed Relations is a collaboration between Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cárdenas consisting of a series of performances and workshops that explore the relations between bodies and technology within mixed realities. The performances will focus on using the body as an instrument and as a site of exploration for performance in mixed realities. The goal is to look at bodies in relation to each other in these realities, as well as in relation to their instruments and to the technologies which extend and multiply them, sonically, visually and physically.
“This ‘funky’ thing, it’ll be over in a minute. You can only say something is new once.” If anyone has witnessed a genre come and go, it’s Geeneus. The 30-year-old boss of London’s most influential pirate radio station, Rinse FM, Geeneus started broadcasting 15 years ago with guys like Wiley and Slimzee. They played strictly jungle back then; however, Geeneus is a self-professed “new thing addict” these days. He’s seen the arc of U.K. urban music burn through jungle, garage, and grime.
Sit on the steps of Mexico’s El Castillo pyramid in Chichen Itza and you may hear a confusing sound. As other visitors climb the colossal staircase their footsteps begin to sound like raindrops falling into a bucket of water as they near the top. Were the Mayan temple builders trying to communicate with their gods?
Paul Rose (aka Scuba, SCB) has been pushing some of the freshest sounds on his label Hotflush – his brilliant mix under his SCB moniker, is guiding between deep warehouse techno, house, funky and broken beats.
“Locative art,” the idea that somehow location will feed into music and visuals, has eluded culture. We have the technology, in the form of sophisticated databases of location information and highly accurate, publicly-available GPS satellites. But it’s one of those solutions in search of a problem, and begs the question, why?
The Freesound Project web site is a Free Culture sound repository similar to OpenClipArt for illustration, Project Gutenberg for text or the Prelinger Archive for film. Launched in May 2005 in Barcelona by the Music Technology Group of Pompeu Fabra University, it quickly attracted contributors and an audience from around the world.
It’s more than genre. It’s more than what’s new. It’s about whats true and real. Kode 9 is motivated by pure ideas in music. And it’s not just about the synthetic or the low end or the tempo or the artwork. It’s about the unique place that music can take you. Music is a journey for him. At LuckyMe, Kode 9 defines ‘good sensibility’ – step on board for 50 minutes with Kode 9.
There’s nothing quite like a true exhibition of teamwork in the music world these days. In this case, BBC Radio 1′s experimental DJ and electronic-music tastemaker Mary Anne Hobbs has joined forces with L.A.’s future of hip-hop, Flying Lotus, and the beat master’s Brainfeeder label. They’ve combined their forces for the good of music fans in order to make Hobbs’ live mix from Barcelona’s Sónar music festival available. The mix is a tough-to-the-core, dubstep-laden exhibition of what both Hobbs and the Sónar festival are all about.