Geminate II – by As Described is a Seamless Art Experience

It’s quite something to reinvent the wheel but digital artists Adam Seaman and Jim Horsfield (of As Described) have achieved this and then some with Geminate II, an interactive installation playfully engaging humans and passing cars at Colonnade House in the center of Worthing (March 21st – April 2nd, 2017). Well it’s not that they have reinvented the wheel it’s actually that they have created a new kind or mirror, one that synthesises us into animated and illuminated essence, which is actually very poetic and greatly enhanced by the excellent musical score composed by Andrew Philips.

Rarely have I encountered an installation that is so rewarding to engage with, it’s a fun life size screen app, one that plays with the idea of viewing and being viewed. What really slays it, is that it needs no explanation and everyone just gets it. The most unlikely people start dancing with each other, an elderly man stands transfixed, children jump for joy while parents chide them as they attempt to control the fervor of their ecstatic responses. Everyone becomes a performance artist in the grip of Geminate II. It’s a beautiful thing. It did remind me somewhat sentimentally of the legendary Big Chill Festival (which is where I first encountered Adam and Jim), the hi tech but human tone of the work effortlessly creating awe in the viewer.

The Arts Council will be jumping for joy at this one, there will be a festival of box ticking going on for public engagement and rightly so (here’s to mega impacts). Everyone involved deserves credit for staging this in a small seaside town and bringing this level of interactivity to the Sussex Coast. If you are anywhere near Worthing come and see and throw some serious shapes!

More info: http://thegeminateproject.com
http://asdescribed.net/wb/
Venue: Colonnade House: http://colonnadehouse.co.uk
Music: www.andrewphilipsmusic.com

The Juke of York – Promoted his Fat Boy Slim DJ support slot with a host of daft YouTube Stings!

Okay so technically its poor form to laugh at an ‘in house’ joke but ahead of his O2 DJ support slot with Fat Boy Slim, Pete York aka The Juke of York was swanning around TCF towers making some rather amusing (still, yes I know I should get over it) video stings with the Pepsta (otherwise known as TCF Director Lee Pepper). Below is his Tibetan inspired plug for the show…this is what happens when grown men who should have been finishing a mix are left alone….you have been warned.

Here is their rather marvellous handy work…I don’t think this phenomena is going anywhere.

Jo Harman – An exceptional talent singing in the changes

Starting the year as she means to go on Jo Harman hits the National Press ahead of the release of her vinyl album and single (Sweet Man Moses/ Heartstring at The Jazz Cafe on February 26th from 7pm

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Jo Harman not only has a brilliant voice that touches people she also has the songwriting ability to do both justice (a rare gift). Jo also has a degree of focus and self awareness relating to her work that is deeply inspiring. That is why we all feel so honoured to be working with her and that is why the great and the good across the world are lending their ears to her universally acclaimed debut album Dirt On My Tongue . The album was released initially by Jo’s management Big I Am and was then licensed to V2 in Benelux, The Big Chill Label in the UK and TCF for the rest of the World.

Jo is one of those artists with absolutely everything going for them, the voice, the songs and most importantly the personal vision to see it through. You can work with the greatest talent on the musical planet who has ‘it’ in spades but for whatever reason does not get ‘it’ in terms of the way the industry is now ( tough, particularly for independent artists). If only it were possible to transfer the ‘it’ factor! Just in terms of talent and getting ‘it’ in terms of the industry. Unfortunately those qualities are not transferable and in my mind you either ‘have it and get it’ or you don’t and Jo does. Her commitment to the quality of her music and an incredible work ethic has seen her career going from strength to strength, based on the power of the work itself (no mass media hype). In my view she is one of the most important upcoming female singer songwriters because she is bringing a whole new audience to the Blues and melding it with her own take on Soul, Gospel, Country and a lyrical and melodic sensibility all of her own

Pre-order her debut single here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/heartstring-sweetman-moses/id792863398

 

 

 

Mezzowave – A Christmas Gift – DEC Benefit on The Big Chill Label

MEZZOWAVE releases double A side single (out now) – A CHRISTMAS GIFT (feat. REV Martin Luther King Jnr, Angie Brown & Alison David) in aid of The Philippines Typhoon Appeal www.dec.org.uk on THE BIG CHILL LABEL (all artist & label profits are going to DEC) followed by A SUPERNATURAL SOULSTICE – concert curated by the Rev Peter Owen Jones (Around The World in 80 Faiths) 21/12/13 St Peters Church, Firle, East Sussex, BN8 6NP

The Christmas Gift has evolved somewhat since Max J Mezzowave decided to release this double A side single. It was slated for December 1st release http://www.dec.org.uk/node/3641 and was intended to be about looking at Christmas from a more unifying and less commercial perspective, as a return to a more, for want of a better word ‘spiritual’ and connected perspective for the human family. Then Typhoon Haiyan happened in the Philippines and all those concerned felt the only way forward was to donate all label and artist royalties from the sale of ‘The Christmas Gift’ to the DEC Philippines Typhoon appeal. There are no costs to deduct and even the distributor (Proper Distribution) has slashed their distribution fee. So hopefully this is an opportunity to enjoy some great music while benefitting those who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones in The Philippines.

“Let freedom ring and when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to feed up that day, when all of Gods children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands… ” Rev Martin Luther King Jnr – Extract from the ‘I have a dream’ speech August 1963.

Fifty years on from the moment the Reverend Martin Luther King Jnr made his momentous speech quoted above, his soul advice is still so powerful not just to African Americans, but to all those communities across the World who currently struggle to be acknowledged and who are fighting for even the most basic freedoms, like shelter, food and medical care. His wise words remind us all that we need to reach out even in small ways to change the things, particularly for those whose freedom is deeply compromised. The vocals on this track and the lyrical response to the speech is sung and written by the legendary Brit Soul Diva Angie Brown (Bizarre Inc), who was invited by Mezzowave to sing on a track he had built around the speech (this is her vocal response). At the time it was a personal celebration of the speech and Max had no idea if it would be possible to clear the use of the speech. However after tracing the ownership of the track to EMI Music Publishing, the sample, much to everyone’s delight was cleared and the release was given the official seal of approval. Angie Brown’s heart felt call for a return to truth via the words ‘I am coming home’ reflect the huge importance of this speech to so many people across the world.

At Christmas ideally we all come together, we all ‘go home’ in some way, which is why this track is so perfect for this reflective time of year. The coupling of ‘Home’ with the serene recording of ‘Silent Night’ featuring Red Snapper’s Alison David is a perfect partnership. Alison gives an incredible raw and soulful performance of the traditional hymn, which brings, soul, jazz and gospel together in the contemporary reinterpretation of a classic. The track is a single live take, recorded at Bedingham Church in Sussex and features Max J Mezzowave on Fender Rhodes and Jose Albella on acoustic guitar.

At the request of the maverick and visionary priest the Rev Peter Owen Jones, Mezzowave will be playing a Supernatural Soulstice Christmas Concert at St Peters Church in Firle on December 21st from 8pm. The evening will feature Mezzowave, Alison David and Siggi Mwasote (who leads the Gospel Choir Spring Into Soul). Chris Difford (Squeeze) will open the evening and there will also be a special guest DJ. Tickets are £10.00 from The Union Music Store, 1 Landsdown Place, Lewes, BN7 2JT). There will also be a limited number of guest tickets for the ladies and gentlemen of the press who would like to attend on a first come first served basis.

The Christmas Gift single is about returning to the core values of peace and love that first came to public prominence in the 1960s and are central to Christianity in it’s purest form (Christianity was in its own time a vital and revolutionary movement). The two songs have a thematic relationship, which is why neither track is a B-side. The 1960s was a time of expansion and a time where the masses connected with ideas of personal power through peace. As the Rev Martin Luther King Jnr said ‘I have a dream’ and most importantly that dream is still alive in the hearts and minds of all those who heard and all those who celebrated his words which the track home sets out to do, in celebrating a great leader and Christian visionary.

LISTEN LINK https://soundcloud.com/bigchilllabel-tcf/home-pt2-feat-dr-martin-luther BUY LINK https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/home-feat.-angie-brown-rev/id737462471?i=737462544 LISTEN LINK https://soundcloud.com/bigchilllabel-tcf/silent-night-feat-alison-david BUY LINK https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/silent-night-feat.-alison/id737462471?i=737462541

DEC information and joint statement with Bill Chill Label for press releases and download sites:
The Disasters Emergency Committee will receive 100% of all label and artist income generated from sales of this single to go towards the Philippines Typhoon Appeal (88% after distribution fees)

Notes to editors
• The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.

• To make a donation to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal visit http://www.dec.org.uk, text the word SUPPORT to 70000 to donate £5, call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque.

Stay up to date with developments in the Philippines, the emergency response and the DEC’s fundraising efforts on twitter: http://twitter.com/decappeal or on Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/DisastersEmergencyCommittee