Sunday 24 March 2013

Meet Your Creator

You know one of the perks of studying art means that my interest in audio-visual stuff becomes a part of my work and research. And of course electronic music plays a major role in that, here's a couple pieces I've cited in essays and whatnot that influence me and continue to this day.

First is an amazing show from the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2012. It's by a couple of blokes called Jonathan Santana & Xander Smith, and the concept is pretty neat; A troupe of 16 quadrotors dance to and manipulate sound and light on stage. But the real highlight for me is the brilliantly fitting soundtrack provided by synth head Daniel Lopatin AKA Oneohtrix Point Never. He seems to be dabbling more in installation pieces now which is great cos it appeals to both my major interests and gives me research fodder for any similar projects I'm planning. Grab the audio below and hit up 1:40 for my favourite part.

And of course, how could I forget one of the major crossings over between art and electronic music? This track from Laurie Anderson amazingly made it to number one in the UK singles chart on its release in 1981. Like so many artsy records it is a bit alienating, but I really dig the vibe. I suppose my love of vocoders helps to that end but I digress; this song is an important milestone in the history of electronic music, and provides a nice rebuttal should you get into "electronic music isn't REAL music with meaning" debates in the near future!

is Anyone Home?,
- Claude Van Foxbat

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