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TECHNO IS THE WORD!

Pick of the week #35

by Antony Bowyer Lowe

The concept of “hacking” is becoming more and more interesting. Recent “hack days” are showing that actually hacking can also be a good thing, makes people get out of the box, create tools as solutions to problems. We believe these kind of initiatives are healthy for creativity and to push the boundaries of digital technologies.

At the beginning of the month, Music Hack Day took place in London at Barbican and even though we were not there we have been looking at some of the hacks developed during those 2 days and they are pretty impressive. Our pick of the week is a...

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Alpha-podcast presents Christian Loeffler

Like many young people, Christian Löffler, first heard the alien sounds of electronic music through the radio. Previously, his listening habits had been strictly non-electronic but tuning into these specialist DJs who spun IDM and drum’n’bass had a transformative effect on what the music he wanted to make.

Growing up in Greifswald, a university town in northeastern Germany, Löffler’s musical tastes are broad, encompassing jazz, classical and rock. Despite his electronic epiphany, these influences are still readable in the music he produces and releases on labels such as c.sides, Orphanear and Ki Recor...

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Post-Digital Monsters

Pick of the Week #34

by Pictoplasma at La Gaite Lyrique, Paris

 Motomichi Nakamura Monster

This week Paris sees the invasion of a number of Post-digital Monsters, brought by the Berlin lab Pictoplasma. It’s with no doubt a favourite amongst the Alpha-ville creative team.

The exhibition makes reference of the implications of new technologies in character design, hence the use of the term post-digital. It is part of a larger festival will present over 30 artists and here are our favourites:

MOTOMICHI NAKAMURA

An artist from NYC with Japanese roots that are present in his works.

 Motomichi Nakamura Monster 2

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Mecaniques Discursives

PICK OF THE WEEK #33

by Frédéric Penelle (Brussels, Belgium) and Yannick Jacquet (Brussels, Belgium).

Frédéric Penelle, the witty graphical storyteller from Brussels, and Yannick Jacquet (aka Legoman), a member of one of the most outstanding audiovisual labels: AntiVJ, have released an inspiring work in-collaboration a few days ago. We caught Yannick Jacquet in social media to ask him about this “work in progress” video. Their rendez-vous seems to evolve into a stage of an ultimately improvisational form between visuals in static, and visuals in motion. The mapping projections are measured to the little ...

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SEPALCURE // PENCIL PIMP

Pick of the Week #32

From the album “Sepalcure” on Hotflush Recordings. Music video directed by Thor Brenne.

Sepalcure the duo formed by Machinedrum and Braille, showed an amazing live set last week in London. We have been caught with the music video for Pencil Pimp, one of the most interesting songs of the just launched debut album: Sepalcure.

The video has been directed by Norwegian filmmaker Thor Brenne and creates an immersive experience with a stunning style. We caught Thor and asked him some questions about the video.

What was the idea behind the video?  Just before I started working on the video I suf...

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Thixotropes

PICK OF THE WEEK #31

by Troika (London, UK)

‘Thixotropes’ is a kinetic sculpture that is comprised of a series of eight illuminated mechanised structures, each of them shaped as a composition of intersecting angular and geometric forms that are made of thin tensed steel banding lined with rows of LED’s. The constructions continuously revolve around their own axis thereby materialising the path of the light and dissolving the spinning structures into compositions of aerial cones, spheres and ribbons of warm and cold light while giving life and shape to an immaterial construct.

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Harmophon

PICK OF THE WEEK #30

by Arístides García (Berlin, Germany)

This video only shows a short part of a longer incoming installation, which explores the relationship between 2 harmonic waves in different graphical/musical ways. 98 pair of points trigger notes depending on the collision position in the Y axis. Panning depends on the X position. For this piece the phase and velocity of booth waves are synchronised to collide in a harmonic chord. In the installation it would be possible to see/hear more complex relationships with longer running time.The chaotic converges in harmonic, the complexity converges in ...

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Productivity Future Vision

PICK OF THE WEEK #29

by Microsoft Office Labs

Microsoft Ofiice Labs have shared this concept video and it has become the most popular by far in the Alpha-ville HQs as it puts together many ideas that are currently being explored: use of augmented reality technologies, voice recognition, data visualisation, connectivity, holographic interfaces … In their own words: “Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go.”

With this very eye-catching video, the Microsoft team have op...

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Alpha-podcast presents Jennifer Cardini

The second edition of a series of mixes in collaboration with Inverted Audio. This mix features Kompakt’s Cologne based Dj and producer Jennifer Cardini – who delighted us with an amazing set at Alpha-ville 2011.

Alpha-podcast present Jennifer Cardini by Alpha-Ville on Mixcloud

Read a full interview with Jennifer here.

Tracklist TOMAS MORE – THAT THING – CORRESPONDANT Exclusive ENOLA – L’AURORE – CORRESPONDANT Exclusive Larry Heard -25 Years From Alpha Massimiliano Pagliara – In Order Of More Depth Gesaffelstein -The Lack Of Hope Loquace-Synthologie – Re.you & Rampa Remix enola -slowmotion- nhar remix -c...

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Alpha-podcast presents Svarte Greiner

This is the first of a two part series of podcasts & interviews in collaboration with Inverted Audio, the London based electronic music and visual culture publication.

This occasion is a special one with Erik ( Svarte Greiner) compiling rare and  unreleased tracks. The mood is deep, drone and intense. Listen and read an exclusive interview with the artists here:

Alpha-ville podcast present Svarte Greiner by Alpha-Ville on Mixcloud

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Wood as Bones, Light as Flesh

PICK OF THE WEEK #28

by FAIL (Europe), the collective of  electric kettle, SILANT, Lucy Benson and fRED

In essence the structure is a narrative organism. This being is telling its story without words or any human form. Its body is its language. This body has its own temporal vitality, a re-interpretation of the human condition. The wood has the value of bones and flesh is no different from the temporality of light.

 As the audience moves around the sculpture, they are inevitably part of the story unfolding around them.

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The title “Wood as Bones, Light as Flesh” has described a key structure...

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Simple Harmonic Motion for Ron Arads Curtain Call

PICK OF THE WEEK #27

by Memo Akten (London, UK)

A study in simple harmonic motion and the nature of complex patterns created from the interaction of multilayered rhythms. Visuals made with openFrameworks, which also sends midi to Ableton Live to create the sounds.This version was designed for and shown at Ron Arads Curtain Call at the Roundhouse.This ultra wide video is mapped around the 18m wide, 8m tall cylindrical display made from 5,600 silicon rods, allowing the audience to view from inside and outside.

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It is an excellent audio visual piece from Memo Akten who has been contributed to the...

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Lit Tree

PICK OF THE WEEK #26

by Kimchi and chips (Seoul, Korea + London, UK)

A small potted tree has a perpetual conversation with people. Through the use of video projection, a tree is augmented in a non-invasive way, enabling the presentation of volumetric light patterns using itʼs own leaves as voxels (3D pixels).

The tree invites viewers with a choreographed cloud of light that can respond visitors motion. As visitors approach, they can explore the immediate and cryptic nature of this reaction. The tree can form gestures in this way, and can in turn detect the gestures of its visitors. By applying a superficial ...

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Meet Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins  is something of a polymath: soundtrack composer, producer, remixer, DJ. He’s the kind of guy who makes you feel like you’re shirking if you’re yet to get Brian Eno on speed dial and still waiting earn cross-discipline plaudits on a regular basis. What’s that? You haven’t? Slacker.First, some background: Raised in London, he studied classical piano at the Royal College of Music before having his ears tweaked by the surfeit of groundbreaking electronic music that was seeping out of the radio in the early 90s. Since then he hasn’t exactly looked back; his solo body of work begun with h...

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Instructions to wind-up the clock

PICK OF THE WEEK #25

Visual by Alba G. Corral (Barcelona, Spain) Music by Escort Service  (Barcelona, Spain) “Instrucciones para dar cuerda al reloj” was born from a live event taking place in July 2011 in Barcelona (Caixa Forum), part of the Visual Narrative Cycle. Curated by Noelia Rodriguez and framed in the programming of the Summer Nights Art Center, the cycle included four European visual artists that created live narrative pieces (audiovisual) based on the stories of Julio Cortázar. “Instrucciones para dar cuerda al reloj” is an audio-visual piece focusing on aging and death while using allegorically...

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Shyscapes

PICK OF THE WEEK #24

by Misha Shyukin (London, UK)

This is Misha Shyukin’s graduation film. He suggested to watch it with your eyes half closed and not in full screen.

Editor’s Note: This is an amazing piece from Misha Shyukin, an emerging artist from Germany. His uni graduation film shows pure imagination and an astonishing  sensibility. The movie turns you into a bird flying over wide landscapes, and oceans crossing borders and limits full hope.

 

Keywords : Landscapes, Seascape, Ambient, Video-Art

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Echo

PICK OF THE WEEK #23

by Bart Hess (Eindhoven, Netherland)

Animation for the national Glassmuseum. Simple but complex, minimalist expression of body and structural form created to encompass the human landscape with fluid movement of object and humanoid shell. Beyond any barriers, leaving space for a more organic, visionary mode of A world of boundless freedom where art and design are pushed expression.

Editor’s Note: Watching Echo brings thrill and excitement. The audacious mixture of fashion, design, photography, and art on a VFX form a future human body built out of the transformation of shapes in a fluid s...

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Alpha-Podcast Presents TRUSS

Tom Russell (a.k.a. Truss) heralds from a small Welsh village on the outskirts of Cardiff, yet he brings some of the darker and harder elements of techno to   many of the UK’s urban concrete haunts such as Corsica Studios. Having released several tracks on London techno label Perc Trax, Miniscule, Dumb-Unit Synewave among others, his sound comprises stripped-back minimal techno that is hard and driving. Stocking records from UK-based techno producers Surgeon, Perc, Shifted and Sigha in his crate, Truss is clearly part of the scene here that pushes a sound that is loud, visceral and exactingly scientific.

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Solace

PICK OF THE WEEK #22

Music by Max Cooper (Traum, UK) Visuals by Nick Cobby, UK

Nick Cobby, a London based animator and designer, creates synesthetic image sequences in this video for Max Cooper’s Solace, released on Traum Records. The concept of this animation is that it visualises every sound within the track.

Keywords: minimal, music video,  techno, animation, traum, cube

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Tele-present water

PICK OF THE WEEK #21

David Bowen This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy Station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20″ W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure installed at The National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. The result was a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from this distant location.

The work received one of three ex aequo awards in Alter...

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GRID Multi-Touch sound visualization

Pick of the Week #20

By 31fps, (Hamburg City, Germany)

The installation is basically a music visualization. Created for live events the application consists of a desktop version for realtime graphic visualization of music and an iOS version for interacting with the visuals.

The basic appearance is based on a shape that deforms synced to an audio signal. A never ending journey through portal-like visuals, organic and technical scenes take the viewer into a surreal feeling atmosphere.

Forming rapidly changing pictures out of those shapes the viewer seems to be part of electrical impulses catching short impressi...

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Alpha-podcast presents Jacaszek

Polish electroacoustic artist Michał Jacaszek has been releasing tracks since 1998, his debut an album featured songs from poet-singer Miłka Malzahn, “MAPA” in 2001 and was referred to as “trip-hop singing poetry.” Since then, Jacaszek has performed numerous collaborations with classical musicians and performers, releasing a number of albums that combine electronic music alongside sounds from classical acoustic instruments.

We have approached Jacaszek in the run up to Alpha-ville to offer you a taste of what to expect when you see him live at the opening concert together with 2 other musicians: a harpsich...

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Alpha-podcast presents Δ Δ (Delta)

Heralding from Athens, Dimitris Dimas Δ Δ (Delta) /// Dmitri is a Greek electronic musician and DJ who’s visceral and innovative productions have caught the ears of Get Some UK among others across Europe. Having put together an exclusive mix for the Alpha-ville Podcast series, Dimitri gives a heavy nod to the house music producers emanating from the US, making use of a mixing style (similar to that of Moodyman) that does not alter the tempo of the original tracks, allowing them to play at full length in the way that the original artist/ producer intended.

His projects mirror that of friend and two-time Alph...

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RESONANCE // Destructive Oscillation

Pick of the Week #19

Project : Resonance by SR Partners (London, UK) Visual : JP Frenay (Belgium) Sound : Michael Fakesch (Germany)

Resonance is the vision of SR Partners; a collaborative project between over 30 independent visual and audio designers/studios. The aim was to explore the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways.

Technical Note: 3D animation, Motion graphics, Audio/Visual collaboration

Editor’s Note: Destructive Oscillation by the visual artist JP Frenay, and sound artist Michael Fakesch as a part of Resonance project has beautifully done the audio/visual collaboration for the stu...

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Solar Sinter

Pick of the Week #18

Solar Sinter Markus Kayser (London, UK)

In a world increasingly concerned with questions of energy production and raw material shortages, this project explores the potential of desert manufacturing, where energy and material occur in abundance. In this experiment sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process, that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology. Solar-sintering aims to raise questions about the future of manufacturing and triggers dreams of the full utilisation of the production potent...

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moving objects | nº 502 – 519

Pick of the Week #17

Pe Lang (Zurich and Berlin)

Pe Lang’s poetic and elegant hand built sculptures combine mechanized systems with new materials to direct and manifest a different approach to kinetic movement. Lang realizes performances and creates installations by ingeniously assembling magnetic, electrical and mechanical devices and even inventing new apparatus and prototypes. The resulting works are both visually appealing, due to their elegant and minimal kinetic qualities, but also fascinating for their acoustic features. Chance plays an important role in his works and the artist playfully manages to ...

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