Dublin’s finest, Figure Of 8, is back with a brand new reMix! this time the bearded-one is turning his attention to fellow Irishmen Hylo and their Our Krypton Son featuring Never Be Lonely. Released as part of a mixed media art project called Dreamscape, for the time being the track will only be downloadable through scanning a QR code that is part of the accompanying artwork at the Culturetech Festival in Derry between 9/11 and 17/11, to be released on Figure Of 8’s DreamQuest label at a later date.
Musically, their reMixes DNA can be tracked right back through Techno to early EBM and electronic experimentalists such as Test Dept. and Cabaret Voltaire. Abrasive percussive synths and growling, hypnotic arpeggios serve as a nice counterpoint to the stomping dance beat and haunting, yet soulful, vocals. This is one for darken rooms with the strobe light on just a little too long. Intense stuff.
♫ Hylo (Feat. Our Krypton Son) – Never Be Lonely (Figure of 8 reMix)
If you haven’t managed to catch any of Artist/Designer/Photographer/Synth nut Katja Ruge’s Kann Denn Liebe Synthie Sein? exhibitions in the last couple of years, check out this video from her show at Reeperbahnfestival this year.
It’s a fun clip, with music out of Hamburg’s Synthesizerstudio and added Icona Pop, just for good measure.
SynthPop fanatic, member of the LoveGang mafia, friend of electronic rumors and photographer to the stars extraordinairé Katja Ruge is taking her amazing exhibition of synthesizer images, Kann Denn Liebe Synthie Sein? (Can love be a synth?), to SXSW this year. Well, I say this year, I actually mean this weekend!
Were you impressed by photographer/designer/all round Electro-head Katja Ruge’s giant synthesizer tiled photos from her recent ‘Kann denn Liebe Synthie sein?’ exhibition? We were! Synths are generally things of beauty anyway, but Kaja’s stylised presentation of them makes each one look like the prefect design.
Well, now you can own one of these impressive works for yourself. Katja has released her vision of the Korg MS20 for your wall or floor. Limited to just 100, the work measures 200cm x 140cm and is made up of 49 tiles.
Looks impressive, huh?
This is how big it is!
Full details on how you can get your hand’s on one of these amazing tributes to analog synthesis at Katja’s website here.
Photographer Katja Ruge has snapped some of the great of SynthPop and post-punk in her almost legendary carrier and still is the go to girl for portraits of some of the lading lights in electronic music.
Alongside her LoveGang artist/DJ collective have been throwing ‘Kann denn Liebe Synthie sein?’ (‘Can love be a synth?’) SynthPop parties (as well as their LoveGang parties) to which Katji also added and photography/design exhibition based around classic analog synths. Giant tiled tributes to the synths that rock our world, photographed from Sunny and Frank’s SynthesizerStudio in hamburg, are on display at Achteinhalb Store in Berlin.
To celebrate the success of the show Katja and crew are going out with a closing day party on the 10th September when you can enjoy the work, listen to some tunes and get the chance to walk home with a synth peice of your own.
If you’re in the Berlin are, you can find all the info right here.
Something a little different now but I though some of you, especially readers from the UK might get a kick out of this.
No pun intended with the ‘kick’ remark, as this short documentary about the history of Pirate Radio in London was commissioned by Palladium Boots as part of their ‘Explorations’ series. Don’t let that put you off though, it’s actually a fascinating (albeit brief at 16mins) look at those DJs and radio techs who (like us music bloggers) can’t help but let their love of music vent somewhere.
Having grown up listening to pirate radio, just the atmosphere that this documentary provokes puts a nostalgic smile on my face.
It appears to be that time again…Nintendo are putting out another Pokémon game, for the Nintendo DS and to celebrate this auspicious occasion Vice Magazine have teamed up with Nintendo and commissioned seven artists to present their interpretation of Nintendo’s little critters.
Put together in an exhibition titled Re:Pokémon that take’s place at Shoreditch’s Blackall Studios from 24th-31st March, all seven pieces, including the above by Jon Burgerman will be on display.
Not only are Vice Magazine and Nintendo running a competition to win both new games and a DS but they are also throwing a launch party with Filthy Dukes, Friendly Fires and Real Gold gracing the decks that you can win tickets for!
Shrouded in mystery and left off the official programme to retain secrecy, street artists Banksy’s first movie ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The story of a French shop keeper with a mission to film the graffiti artist at work takes a turn when Banksy the camera on him. The trailer has just hit YouTube:
Exit Through The Gift Shop is due to open at cinemas in the UK 5th March.
In a sad week for fans of Pop music, pop-culture or, more specifically, graphic design, it was announced on Tuesday that The Designers Republic™ has closed it’s doors after 23 years.
mitDR founder Ian Anderson gives his thoughts on the matter and where The Designers Republic go from here in this article, where he promises tDR isn’t dead.
In it’s two decades, plus, tDR was always innovative and always ripped off and spearheaded many styles that came to represent pop-culture moments in time.
The Designers Republic created instantly recognisable visuals for, amongst many others, Pop Will Eat Itself, Age Of Chance, Warp Records, Moshi Moshi, MTV, Many PlayStation games (most notably Wipeout and Grand Theft Auto), Murry & Vern, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada Fluke, Funkstörung, The Orb and Pulp!
They will be sorely missed, but I’m sure Ian and co. will have more in store, the interview point toward him wanting to get back to his roots.