Check out this music…
Below is the musical representation of the internet Wi-Fi landscape of London. It’s made by Jung-Hua Liu who converted Wi-Fi identifier codes to colour representations and from that to musical representation based on a “spatial and algorithmic” method. Read a little more on this at Mute.
I’ve been listening to music and watching videos that are political and culturally critical, to see how ideas are disseminated through art and also to better understand other narrative styles. Here’s a listing of some of what I’ve seen in the past few weeks.
Il Deserto Rosso, by Michelangelo Antonioni. A critique of industrial society, beautifully shot and articulated through a gripping personal story. Aesthetically beautiful shots of industrial production and decay coupled with individual psychological distress.
Slingshot Hip Hop, directed by Jackie Reem Salloum. Provides the history of Palestinian hip hop, and its political dimensions. Features DAM, Palestinian Rapperz, Mahmoud Shalabi, and female artists Arapeyat and Sabreena Da Witch (Abeer).
A clip from the film:
Visual art, music, and performance from the Slovenian artists’ collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK). Group members include the musical band Laibach, theatre group Noordung (aka Red Pilot), and the New Collective Studio, IRWIN (painting and visual art), Retrovision (film), and the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy (theory). The collective has set up its own virtual state, NSK State and has an interesting though sometimes dry documentary made about them called Predictions of Fire. One of my favourite works by the collective is their use of a working mine in a small industrial town as the venue for an art exhibit.
Here’s part 1 of an 8 part YouTube video of Predictions of Fire (view the entire playlist here):
You can view the entire series here.
Here’s a video of one of the sections:
Jadugaran, Iranian hip hop. Its members are Changeez, Taymoor, Deev, Fardaa, Raavi. Here’s there’s video, Tasavvor:
Here’s a trailer of the film:
L’Homme Orchestre, by a stage magician turned filmmaker, George Melies. A film from 1900, very clever, and groundbreaking introduction to special effects.
Here’s the video:
Here’s a clip:
I’ve been busy this week so I’ve had little of my own analysis (though I’m doing research on the growth of navies in SE Asia, etc).
Here’s some very impressive work by an Israeli DJ I found on Dion Nissenbaum’s blog, Checkpoint Jerusalem:
The site currently has seven video mash-ups featuring everyone from street corner rappers and solo apartment bongo players to church organists and darbuka drummers.
One of the music vids:
Kutiman explains his work: