Marking his debut on Dim Mak, Norwegian producer Funkin Matt communicates a mysterious, future house mood with his new single, “Flux.” The track narrates a sensory story, using modulated synths and distorted, robotic-sounding vocals against a chilling bassline so heavy it could reverberate through cinderblocks.
Last Thursday at SXSW, Dim Mak was honored to host The ILLMORE, one of the most exclusive SXSW after parties with past performances from some of the biggest names in new music including MACKELMORE, DIPLO, WIZ KHALIFA, STEVE AOKI, ZEDD, KENDRICK LAMAR, A$AP ROCKY, and CHANCE THE RAPPER. Produced by famous rap blog The ILLROOTS and Austin-based promotion company ScoreMore Shows and presented by Scion, The ILLMORE last Thursday featured a special dj set from boss man Steve Aoki followed by performances from artists such as OG Chase B, DJ Mr. Rogers, Brenmar, LOUDPVCK, G-Eazy, Dom Kennedy, Robb Bank$, Casey Veggies, Future, and more. Enjoy the recap gallery below!
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Bot is of the future. Half man, half-machine; fully Italian. Exiled in West London, locked in the studio since departing legendary duo Crookers, Bot (his creators named him Andrea Fratangelo) has disassembled any expectations and rebuilt his sound for 2018.
Daito Manabe uses electrical impulses as an artistic medium, creating music through reactions of the human nervous and muscular systems.
“Can you smile without emotion?”
That’s what Daito Manabe asks in the video above. It’s the sort of question many of his digital art projects begin with, leading him to experiment with myoelectric sensors to turn people’s faces into human drum machine. A similar endeavor recently saw him visualizing FaltyDL’s music using jerky, electrified movements of the human body.
Taking the role of programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, and composer on each of his projects, Manabe is able to realize scenarios that change our perception of how our bodies interact with technology. Whereas most electronic musicians control sound with their hands, Manabe uses the electrical impulses of his facial muscles. Most of us just walk in sneakers, but Manabe fitted various pairs of Nikes with sensors that trigger and manipulate sound. DJs have long dreamed of having a third arm to mix and scratch with, and Manabe has already traversed this possibility.
While a lot of digital art prides itself on seamlessness, hiding the wire and code guts of what makes each piece tick, Manabe’s work embraces the functional aesthetic of these tools, focusing his creative energy on conveying a thought-provoking performance. Sitting on stage and altering sound with various facial expressions has this effect without fail.
You can check out Manabe and Perfume choreographer MIKIKO’s projection-mapped video for Nosaj Thing’s “Eclipse/Blue” below. Below that, see some stills from Manabe’s various projects.
(via The Creators Project)