Posts Tagged ‘Boxcutter’
We noticed when we looked at a couple of recent releases on the Bleep homepage today that a lot of sleeve artwork was paying homage to the beautiful (and sorely missed) aesthetics of video synthesis and processing (see above).
With this in mind, we asked our good friend / artist extraordinaire Konx-om-Pax (aka Tom Scholefield) to pick out some examples of work, and the equipment used to create these techniques… Here’s what he gave us.
SCAN PROCESSOR STUDIES are a collection of works by Woody Vasulka & Brian O’Reilly.
“This is piece from my mate Brian who now teaches in Singapore with another friend from my art school days. Its simply mesmerising.”, Konx-om-Pax
Fairlight CVI (Computer Video Instrument)
“This was one of the first commercially available video synths… you can spot the effects a mile off!”, Konx-om-Pax
EVL Lab – Sandin Analogue Image Processor
“A very early example for analogue video synthesis”, Konx-om-Pax
Sunsetcorp – Nobody Here
“Cheeky Oneohtrix Point Never audio visual bootleg”, Konx-om-Pax
Last Thursday, we had a little Bleep x Bloc warm-up party in Paris with Joy Orbison, Lone, Boxcutter and Max Cooper… This was merely a taster for the weekend we were about to embark on…
Surreal does not even begin to describe the lunacy that is a weekend spent at Bloc festival in Butlins. From the utilitarian-esque rows of chalets to the noisy games arcade and the culinary options that extend no further than a Pizza Hut buffet; we’ve never had so much fun dancing around on garishly decorated carpets. One thing is for sure, no other festival on our British shores represents the best of underground electronic music, big and small, and past and present, as well as Bloc does. We were thrilled to present our Bleep Showcase on Sunday evening over on the Jak:Bloc stage this year where some of our favourite artists played to a packed out crowd.
Our Bleep Competition winner, Leighton, kicked off proceedings warming the stage up for Planet Mu’s Boxcutter who played the difficult early slot to a completely packed out room. To have a queue extend from the Bleep stage right through to the amusement park is no mean feat at 5pm. Following this, Luke Abbott delighted the crowd with his blissful electronic melodies, which left things to Jacques Greene to switch things up a level or two, delivering some pumping future bass rhythms. What followed was a full on 90’s rave with Lone skilfully dropping some gems, such as Adonis’ Trax Records classic, No Way Back and his own Pineapple Crush. Kyle Hall then stepped in to close the stage with some hands in the air moments with the 90’s club jam, Show Me Love and Moodymann’s Freeki Mutha Fucker.
Elsewhere, Rustie rocked the Numbers showcase with his trademark aqua-crunk beats and some particularly choice cuts such as an (as of yet) unreleased Hudson Mohawke gem. Space Dimension Controller stole the show at the Resident Advisor showcase with his distinctive boogie-infused house beats. Jimmy Edgar worked his excellent live show with improvised vocoder, seamlessly switching from electro to funk to all out jungle within the blink of an eye. Alva Noto represented the Raster-Noton camp, bringing us a performance that balanced between the experimental and the club experience perfectly, pleasing a dedicated crowd as well as converting some new devotees.
Aphex Twin pulled out a brilliant (and suprizing) set that journeyed from beautiful ambient harmonics to dubstep (even dropping Ramadanman and Night Slugs’ Jam City!) to an incredible crescendo of drilling beats and white-noise… The previous night, one of the standout moments of the festival perhaps belongs to LFO and the rapturous reception that Freak received from the Centre:Bloc crowd.
We shall see you there next year…
Words: Laura Humphries I Photos: Margot Didsbury
For more info on Bloc: http://www.blocweekend.com/
2 weeks ago, we were pretty happy to tell you that we were hosting a showcase at Bloc this year. The festival has now totally sold out, but for those of you who can’t make it we have decided to give you 2 exclusive mixes from the artists at our stage. As well as that, we are also throwing a Bleep x Bloc party in Paris as a special preview of the event.
The event will take place at La Machine du Moulin Rouge and the line-up includes Joy Orbison, Lone, Boxcutter, Max Cooper and Bleep DJs.
La Machine du Moulin Rouge / PARIS 18
80 Boulevard de Clichy – metro Blanche
If you have been lucky enough to get a ticket to Bloc, make sure you check out our showcase on Sunday 13th March (the closing night of the festival).
In the meanwhile, check out these 2 exclusive mixes from Boxcutter and Lone.