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Artist DIY: patten

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, South London producer and visual artist patten released GLOW, a beatless album recorded over a few late nights in lockdown. GLOW’s uneasy stillness is the antithesis of last year’s FLEX, an album of rip-roaring club music that provided the debut release on his 555-5555 imprint.

“The process was four evenings, just sketching out loads of stuff out really fast, just really calm pure melody and textures,” patten says. “I jammed stuff out and when something worked I’d just record it down.”

In this episode of Artist DIY, filmed, directed and edited entirely by patten himself, he takes us behind the scenes of the making of GLOW. He also gives us a look back at his career so far and digs into his extensive archive to provide an insight into how he creates his videos, artwork and AV shows.

“Visuals have been a massive part of patten since forever,” patten says, and he shows us how he used a video game engine to create the animated artwork of GLOW, as well as looking at the work of his design studio, label and forum, 555-5555.

“Obviously with COVID there’s no live shows really, so it’s been about working with that reality and still trying to make stuff that can really feel like something out there.”

Find GLOW at patten’s Bandcamp. Since the release of the album, patten has also released a drone-inspired inversion of GLOW called GLO))).

Watch next: Fact Residency: Sam Rolfes

Artist DIY: Pussy Riot

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. This episode comes from Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist protest band and performance art group whose acts of protest against have made headlines across the world.

Tolokonnikova tells us about her life in lockdown, plays a live performance with Imkorpo featuring tracks and shares her thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions, as well as the murder of George Floyd in the US and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests.

You can help Pussy Riot to stay active by buying merchandise from their store or supporting them on Patreon.

Special thanks to Pussy Riot, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Imkorpo
‘Straight Outta Vagina’ video by Phillip R Lopez
Photos by Josef Jasso
‘Make America Great Again’ video by Jonas Akerlund
‘CHAIKA’ video by Nadya Tolokonnikova and Andrey Fenochka & Igor Malakhov
‘I Can’t Breathe’ video by Tasya Krugovyh
‘Police State’ video by Nadya Tolokonnikova, Ricky Reed, Cara Salimando & Ricky Reed
‘Organs’ video by Kiev and I.M.

Tracklist:
‘Punk Prayer’
‘Police State’
‘Such A Dick’
‘Straight Outta Vagina’

Watch next: Artist DIY: Matt Black

Artist DIY: Matt Black

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode, we speak to Matt Black, one half of legendary UK duo Coldcut and co-founder of the Ninja Tune label.

When the country went into lockdown, Black had just released a new iPad app for music-making, Jamm Pro. He decided to use it to stream performances on Twitch under the Pirate TV banner, but Black’s experience as a streamer goes way back to when the internet was still in its infancy.

Black and his Coldcut partner Jonathan More first used the Pirate TV name back in 1999 for a series of primitive live streams using RealPlayer when most of the world still used dial-up modems. The series saw performances from guests like Kid Koala, Amon Tobin and even Radiohead.

Black told us all about what it was like to be a streaming pioneer and showed us what he uses to stream on Twitch today, as well as giving us a demo of Jamm Pro.

Jamm Pro is available now from the App Store, and Coldcut’s latest album project Keleketa! is available from July 3. Find Pirate TV on Twitch.

Watch next: Artist DIY: Vicky Clarke

FACT mix 763: Mama Snake

An audiovisual mix showcasing the artists behind Copenhagen’s Amniote Editions.

Mama Snake has been a fixture on Copenhagen’s techno scene since she was part of the now-disbanded Apeiron Crew collective. Although she’s now a junior doctor, she still leads a double life as a DJ and label curator with a love of fast, hard and euphoric club music.

In 2019, she co-founded “mixed media channel” Amniote Editions alongside visual artist Rose Marie Johansen. The multidisciplinary label releases “capsules” that include music, posters, T-shirts and video from the Copenhagen scene and beyond.

Amniote Editions’ latest capsule, titled +ssRNA and released on June 25, features three releases by artists from the Danish capital (Parietal EyeSnog (Coluber) and Teiid) to mark a summer lost to quarantine.

Mama Snake’s FACT mix is an all-Amniote Editions set that showcases the platform’s blistering, emotional style, including tracks from Sidewinder (aka D. Dan), Sisilisko (aka Celestial Trax), Mehen, Atheris and more. In a first for the FACT mix series, Mama Snake’s mix is accompanied by a full-length video by Rose Marie Johansen.

Amniote Editions’ catalogue can be purchased at Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

HoxA-5: Sisilisko – Behind The Sun
HoxD-7: Parietal Eye – Mt. Ida
Shh3: Intelligama – Hive Sedation (forthcoming)
HoxA-8: Mehen – Skin Confessions (Intellectual Version)
DCX-4: Moloch Horridus – Echoes Of A Memory (fortcoming)
HoxA-11: AEpep – 7p15.3
HoxA-8: Mehen – Heat From A Distance
ZRS-2: Atheris – XXX
+ssRNA1: Parietal Eye – Melody For The New Sister
HoxA-8: Avalanches Of Compromise
HoxD-13: Sidewinder – Brain Danage
TGF-ß5: Mehen – Silver Parade (forthcoming)
+ssRNA1: Parietal Eye – Sentimental Zodiac
TGF-ß5: Mehen – Memories All Over The Floor (forthcoming)
Shh3: Intelligama – Proof Of Assets (forthcoming)
+ssRNA6: Snog (Coluber) – Move
DCX-4: Moloch Horridus – Worlds Apart (forthcoming)
HiSeq: NGHTCRWLR – Nation Under Creep

Listen next: FACT mix 762: Metrist

Block9: Temporary Alternative Realities premieres on FACT this week

Screening this Wednesday, June 24 on FACT.

In FACT’s new documentary Block9: Temporary Alternative Realities, we go behind the scenes of Glastonbury Festival’s best-kept secret, a hidden area where art, music, theatre, clubbing and politics meet.

Directed by Pedro Küster and made in collaboration with Block9 founders Stephen Gallagher and Gideon Berger, who provided exclusive access to their archives, the film features interviews with The Black Madonna, Jonny Woo, Midland, Moor Mother, Hannah Holland and Felix Dickinson as well as live appearances from Phuture, Hessle Audio and Suppository Spelling.

Watch the trailer above and catch the whole thing here this Wednesday, June 24.

Watch next: Pedro Maia on creating ‘live cinema’ for music from analogue film

Artist DIY: Vicky Clarke

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode, Manchester sound artist Vicky Clarke talks us through some of the DIY instruments and techniques she uses to make music.

Prior to the pandemic, Clarke worked on a project called Materiality, in which she combines physical materials and digital processes to build sound sculptures, and a collaborative project, Noise Orchestra. More recently Clarke has built an interface for Ableton Live using a revolutionary material called graphene, which she demonstrates in this episode.

Whilst in lockdown, Clarke has taken inspiration from a recent project in Russia focusing on machine learning to develop SleepStates, a browser-based artwork exploring feelings of online perpetuity and the sleep-like limbo of quarantine.

Clarke is part of Manchester’s music, art and technology scene, working to help communities and young people. She works with emerging musicians charity Brighter Sound and is part of local audiovisual community Test Card.

Clarke is also a creative associate at Future Everything, an organistion that has been exploring the intersection of technology, art and culture since 1995. She’s currently working on her first release – follow her on Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Additional footage and photos courtesy of:

MUTEK Barcelona
Film at Museum of Non Conformist Art with Ilia Symphocat and Mikhail Mesyac by Nikolay Yakunin
Shampat 
Mova

Watch next: Artist DIY: Digital Selves

FACT mix 762: Metrist

Skewed rhythms and beat experiments from the Timedance affiliate.

Metrist’s tracks can be described in one word: playful. The UK producer’s style has skewed more towards the experimental and avant-garde since the peak time techno of early releases on Fifth Wall and Resin, but the line that traces throughout is a sense of fun and melody in the spirit of obscure ’90s rave tunes.

Over the past few five years, Metrist has become closely affiliated with Batu’s Timedance label. He debuted on the label in 2015 with a pair of chunky club tracks under his L:SAE moniker, but an appearance on the Patina Echoes compilation and two EPs in a planned trilogy called Pollen have put his productions firmly on the map.

“[My FACT mix is] an hour that tries to conjure my summer of 2010 – when electronic music at 170 and 140 BPM was all that mattered to me.” Metrist says. “I wanted to put across how much is possible at those tempos and how the more things change they also stay the same.”

“A coronavirus-induced locked down world to me feels similar to how it was in 2010 – in how I have those I speak to online and those that I live close to in south London. Just like the days of AIM and Future Garage. The world feels both smaller and larger simultaneously.”

Pollen, Pt. II is available now on Timedance. Find Metrist’s music on Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

Trevor Wishart – ‘Audible Design’
Elsa Justel – ‘Midi De Sable’
Metrist – ‘Cortina Air’
Piezo – ‘Interlude’
Metrist – ‘Nathanielismo’
Jabes – ???
??? – ???
Homemade Weapons – ‘Omen VIP’
Metrist – ‘SHA Admin’
Icicle – ???
Mutebody – ‘Formant Warp’
Henry Greenleaf – ‘Glib’
Anile–- ‘Nothing Makes Sense’
Piezo – ‘Rowina’
Biome – ‘Looped Insanity’
Icicle – ???
Flore – ‘Coded Language’
Audible Design
Ploy – ‘Molotov’
Simo Cell – ???
Ebb – ‘Surface Tension’
Sub Basics – ‘Walk + Skank’
Etch – ‘T-1000’
Metrist – ‘That 6 Knife’
Bruce – ‘Longshot’
MC Leka – ‘Para de Gracinha’
Metrist – ‘Total Paper’
Jabes – ???
Laksa – ‘Ghosts’
Plug – ‘Yes Man’
Elysia Crampton – ‘Demo for Tio’
Stephen Bishop – ‘Studying Terminators’

Listen next: FACT mix 761: Swan Meat

Artist DIY: Digital Selves

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode we meet Lizzie Wilson aka Digital Selves, who offers a tutorial on live coding with TidalCycles.

TidalCycles is the open-source software used by the algorave community to create music with code. As Wilson explains, you don’t necessarily need to be an experienced coder to experiment with the software – in fact, it has a lot in common with activities like knitting or weaving.

While the algorave community has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in much the same way as other musical scenes, it has embraced virtual raves. And, as this video shows, TidalCycles’ open-source nature makes it an affordable and accessible way to make music at home.

If you want to try TidalCycles yourself, you can download it here. For further resources on live coding, visit TOPLAP, check out video tutorials from Kindohm and find out about TidalCycles developer Alex McLean and Lucy Cheesman’s online live coding course here.

Find Digital Selves’ music at Bandcamp.

Additional footage kindly supplied by:

Alex McLean – https://slab.org
Miri Kat – https://mirikat.bandcamp.com
Antonio Roberts – http://www.hellocatfood.com
Tacacocoding (https://www.instagram.com/disolvta/, https://www.instagram.com/smosgasbord/, https://www.instagram.com/celeste94_____________________/)
Iris Saladino, khoparzi, djalgoritmo, Rangga and rafrobeat
Jack Armitage – https://www.instagram.com/lildata.music/
Guy John – https://rumblesan.com

Watch next: Artist DIY: Dana Gingras

FACT mix 761: Swan Meat

A “hyper-speed, attention-span shirking” set from a unique voice in experimental club music.

When Reba Fay was growing up in Washington, DC, she was an active member of the local punk and hardcore scene, and listening to bands like Suicide and DNA. In a 2018 interview, she describes hearing ‘Frankie Teardrop’ as the genesis of the Swan Meat project, which began in earnest when she discovered software could help her create the music she wanted to make.

Swan Meat’s first tracks were built from chopped-up recordings of poems and other audio samples. In the years since, she has developed her own plugins and Max patches to create her music, which has drawn on her personal experience of body dysmorphia and chronic illness as well as video games such as Metroid and Castlevania.

Fay’s prolific output is largely self-released, but she has appeared on labels such as Bala Club and Infinite Machine. Her third EP, FLESHWORLD, released earlier this year, saw her create a maximalist suite of harpsichord arpeggios and breakbeats influenced by Sega OSTs, anime, Hans Zimmer scores and emo YouTube stars.

Swan Meat’s FACT mix is a “hyper-speed, attention-span shirking” set that she “pieced together with a fine-toothed comb,” featuring tracks from Atari Teenage Riot, Coheed & Cambria and My Chemical Romance alongside a bootleg edit of Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ and a donk edit of Slipknot.

“Some might call it obnoxious,” she says. “Lots of breaks, samples glitched to infinity, string arrangements, mash-ups, and some of my own music from a recent project I’ve embarked on, called the “Tearz Files.””

“For obvious reasons, time seems especially nebulous, fluid, and distorted lately; I’ve been finding myself reeling — weeping! — to the mall emo and prog rock revival music of my teen halycon days. Here I let my burgeoning quarter-life crisis take the mic a bit and tried to include some of these jams as well.”

Find Swan Meat’s music on Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

Coheed & Cambria – ‘Keeping the Blade’
Natalie Imbruglia – ‘Torn (Que & Rkay Bootleg)’
Opposition – ‘Bêta’
The Prodigy – ‘No Good (Nobody Remix)’
Slipknot – ‘Duality (Lemane Edit)’
Scooter – ‘The Logical Song (Digital Korrupterz Hardstyle Edit)’
Slipknot – ‘Duality (Stolen Velour’s Donk Edit)’
Chameleon – ‘Links (1995 Original 12” Mix)’
S3RL – ‘MTC (acapella)’
Sire – ‘Trip Machine (Jungle Mix)’
Q. Uomo – ‘Damn Cold Night’
I Hate Models – ‘Virtual Punishment’
Swan Meat – ‘Brave (Nunu Remix)’
My Chemical Romance – ‘How I Disappear (acapella)’
xxxxxxxxxxxxx – ‘xxxx (Mekuso Remix)’
Siqlo – ‘Parsley’
Teknambul – ‘Sh0ckw4ve’
Swan Meat – ‘Swan’s Lament’
t+pazolite – ‘256 Seconds World Tour’ 
Supire – ‘Twilight (21LU)’
Mekuso & y=0t – ‘Nothing on Four Days’
Morten_HD – Azure Dragon
djshshunj – ‘Together Again (nightcore edit)’
Melly – ‘Invaderz’
Littleguy – ‘Montre Folle’
Atari Teenage Riot – ‘Speed’
Swan Meat – ‘Tearz Circus’
Team Grimoire & Sennzai – ‘Chaos Magnvm’

Listen next: FACT mix 760: Zoë Mc Pherson

Blackout Tuesday

On June 2, FACT will join the music industry in suspending all publishing to reflect, listen and engage with the black community.

Much of the music and art we champion comes from black culture and we support the communities who created it.

We oppose all racism and violence towards black people, in the US and globally, and stand in solidarity with those fighting for justice for the murder of George Floyd and those campaigning against continued systemic racism and police brutality.

You can support George Floyd’s family by donating to the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, as well as those protesting his murder and those communities worst affected by police violence by donating to Black Lives MatterBlack Visions CollectiveReclaim The Block and the Northstar Health Collective. You can also split your donation between 38 community bail funds, including the Minnesota Freedom Fund, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund and the Bail Project, here.

You can check here for a longer list of resistance funds to donate to, and here for a list of resources to support George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.

FACT mix 760: Zoë Mc Pherson

A bracing set of adventurous club music and experimental sounds.

Zoë Mc Pherson is a producer, sound designer, live performer and DJ based in Berlin who creates “fucked up rhythms” from mangled field recordings. She’s also a multimedia artist who creates audiovisual works with frequent collaborator, visual artist and director Alessandra Leone.

Mc Pherson’s new album, States of Fugue – which is one of the year’s most adventurous club records – inaugurates a new “hybrid label” called SFX that aims to release not only music, but “objects and experiences” across various mediums.

SFX’s next release is a 15-minute edit of ‘Silent movement’, a spontaneous AV piece that was initially commissioned by Lafayette Anticipations Paris for its lifetime project. The video is made from video and photography recorded by both artists on the road, with the soundtrack recorded using voice and modular synth.

Mc Pherson’s FACT mix focuses mainly on recent releases by her friends, unreleased or forthcoming tracks, with a taste on what’s coming up on SFX, including John Object’s contribution to the platform’s Xquisite Force project and Klahrk & Lighght’s ‘The Motherfuckin Mountaintop’.

“The mix recording is pretty spontaneous, two CDJs, I wanted a live feel to it, ‘cus we don’t have this anymore,” Mc Pherson says. “So I didn’t overwork it to be all glossy and perfect, f**** that.” Believe us when we say this is one you’ll want to play loud.

Find Zoë Mc Pherson and SFX’s music at Bandcamp, and find a list of tracks on the mix with purchase links on this Buy Music Club playlist.

Tracklist:

Zoë Mc Pherson – ‘Silent movement’ (unreleased)
Ben Vince – ‘Reality, on demand’ (unreleased)
Phew – ‘Cheers’
J E L L V A K O – ‘D O S I’
John Object – ‘Xquisite Force’ (forthcoming on SFX)
Pessimist & Holsten – ‘The Riot Tune’ (forthcoming on Hotline Recordings)
Flore – ‘Coded Language’ (3Phaz Remix)
Ice Eyes – ‘Maps of Despair’ (forthcoming on Ernest D. Tapes)
Zebra Katz, ShyGirl – ‘LICK IT N SPLIT’
DJ Ape & DJ Oa$is – ‘A1’ (Fuckpunk001)
A. Fruit – ‘Promises’
D:ma – ‘2. 5 rework 2’
Elvin Brandhi – ‘The old police house live!!!!!!’ (unreleased)
Robin Stewart – ‘Eat Grass’
Metrist – ‘QQraasi Qraas’ (forthcoming on Timedance)
Monotronique – ‘Fly like that’
El irreal Veintiuno – ‘Demagogia’ (forthcoming on YuYu x Infinite Machine)
Tomás Urquieta – ‘Midake’ (forthcoming on YuYu x Infinite Machine)
Klahrk & Lighght – ‘The Motherfuckin Mountaintop’ (forthcoming on SFX)
MOD-COMM 81 – ‘Digital’
E-Unity – ‘Tallarita’
CV & JAB – ‘Pungent Lake’
CV & JAB – ‘Out of office’
Tell Mama – ‘Unloved’
Chouk Bwa & The Ångstromers – ‘Kay Marasa Dub’
Zoë Mc Pherson – ‘Untitled’ (unreleased)
Ugne&Maria – ‘Un ptit extra’ (unreleased)
Arad Acid – ‘Torqued Light’
Zoë Mc Pherson – ‘Tenace (dogs road)’
Janet Jackson – ‘Twisted Elegance’

Dijit – ‘Babaakh’
&apos – ‘SC_101101_000029’ (unreleased)
KMRU – ‘ib07’
Dive Reflex Service – ‘You Are Here’ (forthcoming on Limbo Tapes)
Comptesse de Brestot – ‘Je te vois encore mais laisse moi dormir’ (unreleased)

Listen next: FACT mix 759: J. Albert

Andrew Thomas Huang Presents: Lily Chan and the Doom Girls

FACT presents the premiere of Andrew Thomas Huang’s coming-of-age fantasy, which follows a Chinese-American girl living in 1960s Los Angeles.

Lily Chan and the Doom Girls follows the titular Lily, a repressed Chinese-American girl who discovers her own voice when she is adopted by an anarchic and glamorous girl gang, the Doom Girls.

The short is a glimpse of Andrew Thomas Huang’s debut feature film, TIGER GIRL, a surreal coming-of-age fantasy set in 1960s Los Angeles that unfolds as Lily Chan discovers a tiger living in the attic of the home she shares with her socially anxious and domineering mother.

Photo by Andrew Thomas Huang

Photo by Andrew Thomas Huang

Photo by Andrew Thomas Huang

“As a standalone short film, Lily Chan & the Doom Girls shows another dimension to my growing practice of telling coming of age stories about Asian diaspora”, explains Huang. “It is important for me to tell this story as a period piece to show that Asian youth lived and thrived at this time in American history even though we were not represented.”

“I grew up seeing photos of my Chinese family in the 60s but have yet to see them on screen. Doom Girls is a first sample of this world and I will be expanding it in my longer feature TIGER GIRL which is currently being supported by the Sundance Directors Lab.”

Photo by Andrew Thomas Huang

Photo by Andrew Thomas Huang

Photo by Andrew Thomas Huang

“Doom Girls was also an opportunity to workshop scenes with young talented Asian American talent. The film stars actresses Mimi Lu as Lily, Hojo Shin as Janine, Michelle Park as Cookie and Linda Ngo as Margie.”

Made with support from Google Creator Labs, the short was shot entirely using a Pixel 4 smartphone over the course of a single day. Cinematographer Andrew Yuyi Truong worked with Google’s technology to give the film its uniquely filmic look.

The short also features music from Japanese Breakfast, aka Michelle Zauner, who reworked her track ‘Moon on the Bath’, from her 2016 album Psychopomp, especially for the film.

For more information about Andrew Thomas Huang and his work, you can visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

Lily Chan and the Doom Girls Credits:

Written & Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang

Produced by Evaline Wu Huang

Cast:
Lily – Mimi Lu
Janine – Hojo Shin
Margie – Linda Ngo
Cookie – Michelle Park

Cinematographer – Andrew Yuyi Truong
Production Designer – Stella Deng
Editor – Armen Harootun
Costume Designer – Stephanie Strate
Makeup & Hair artist – Kelly Park
Casting Director – Charlene Lee
Sound Designer – Judy Kim
Colorist – Gabe Sanchez
Music by Japanese Breakfast
BTS stills by Sergey Nikitenko

Watch next: Primary Optics – Pedro Maia on creating ‘live cinema’ for music from analogue film

Artist DIY: Dana Gingras

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode, we meet choreographer Dana Gingras, founder of Montréal-based multimedia dance company Animals of Distinction

The choreographer behind last year’s ambitious ensemble show Frontera, made in collaboration with Constellation band Fly Pan Am and United Visual Artists, talks about how music, politics and technology have informed her work over her 30-year career.

Gingras also talks about the ideas and inspirations behind her 2018 piece anOther – an installation of sound, light and image featuring discarded televisions and an original score by Japanese industrial duo group A – and explains how the pandemic has forced her company and the dance community to reevaluate how they work.

Credits:

Footage by: Pascal Huot, Mirka Lugosi, William Morrison, Sonya Stefan, Yannick Grandmont, Mark Loeser, Christian Rivera, Dana Gingras

anOther
Performed by Dana Gingras, Sonya Stefan, group A
Scenography and lighting by Mikko Hynninen

Frontera
Performed by: Robert Abubo, Justin de Luna, Lena Demnati, Stacey Desilier, Caroline Gravel, Louise Michel Jackson, Mark Medrano, Koliane Rochon-Prom Tep, Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, Lexi Vajda, Fly Pan Am
Scenography and lighting by United Visual Artists

monumental by The Holy Body Tattoo (Dana Gingras & Noam Gagnon) with live music by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Performed by: Caroline Gravel, Louise-Michel Jackson, Kim De Jong, Shay Kuebler, Louis-Elyan Martin, Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, Esther Rousseau-Morin, Michael Watts, Jamie Wright, Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Chain Reaction
Performed by: Sarah Doucet, Dana Gingras with animation by James Paterson & Amit Pitaru

Double Bubble
Performed by: Susan Elliott, Shay Kuebler with animation by James Paterson & Amit Pitaru

Heart as Arena
Performed by: Amber Funk Barton, Sarah Doucet, Dana Gingras, Masaharu Imazu, Shay Kuebler, Karen Fennell

Somewhere Between Maybe
Performed by: Sonya Stefan, Jamie Wright

Creation Destruction
Rehearsal footage: Robert Abubo, Amber Funk Barton, Justin de Luna, Mark Medrano, Koliane Rochon-Prom Tep, Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, Charlie Tremblay Abubo, Victor Dumont, Caroline Gravel, Simon Portugal

What is Mine is Yours 
Performed by Justin Evans and Dana Gingras

New Animal with 605 Collective 
Performed by Amber Funk Barton, Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler,
Josh Martin, David Raymond

Watch next: Artist: DIY: Paul White

404.zero share meditative visual for new track, ‘404.3’

Taken from their Bedroom Community debut, 404.0.

404.zero, the audiovisual performance project of Russian media artists Kristina Karpysheva and Alexander Letsius, have shared another single from their forthcoming AV album, 404.0.

‘404.3’ sees the duo in a more meditative mood, pairing drones made from granular and modular synthesis with their signature shifting monochromatic visuals.

Earlier this year 404.zero premiered their AV mini-album, Black Sunday, on FACT. 404.0 arrives via Bedroom Community on June 5 and is available to pre-order now.

Watch next: Freeka Tet satirises streaming culture with FaceTime f4c3724ck32

Artist DIY: Paul White

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode, prolific producer Paul White talks about the production of ‘Shine’, from Danny Brown’s 2019 album uknowhatimsayin¿.

When he was tasked with working on the album in 2018, White travelled to New York to collaborate with experimental hip-hop group Standing on the Corner, whose music was recorded and resampled by White to help create the final track.

In this episode, filmed by White at his home in south London, he talks about the making of the track and offers his unique insight into the sampling and production process. As we find out, although White is having to get used to working in his bedroom again under lockdown, working remotely is something he’s familiar with.

Find Paul White’s music at Bandcamp and buy uknowhatimsayin¿ from the Warp site.

Credits/Special Thanks:

NYC session footage by Stephen Christian at Warp Records
Paul White – ‘Returning’ visuals by RUFFMERCY
Paul White – ‘Where You Gonna Go?’ footage by RUFFMERCY and animation by PATCH D. KEYES
Paul White – ‘Spare Gold’ feat. Shungudzo visuals by RUFFMERCY
Paul White live session footage by Soundcheck TV & Infinite Ear
Danny Brown – ‘When It Rain’ footage by Mimi Cave
Danny Brown – ‘Pneumonia’ footage by Simon Cahn
Danny Brown – ‘Best Life’ footage by Augustin Vita

Watch next: Artist DIY: Iggor Cavalera

FACT mix 757: Lila Tirando a Violeta

“A soundtrack for a non-animated 2020 dystopia.”

Lila Tirando a Violeta is a prolific Uruguayan producer inspired by cyberpunk anime, pop anthems, club sounds and Latin music with a style that’s difficult to pin down.

While her early music, released on labels such as Illuminated Paths and Dream Catalogue, gained recognition with vaporwave fans, recent releases, such as last year’s Sentient EP, have aimed firmly at the dancefloor. Lila is also one half of A.M.I.G.A, a pop music project with collaborator Hiela Pierrez.

Lila’s next album will arrive on Mexico City’s N.A.A.F.I label. She was supposed to be supporting the album with a tour, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. “So right now I’m staying in my hometown Montevideo, Uruguay in front of the river,” she says.

Lila describes her FACT mix as a “soundtrack for a non-animated 2020 dystopia” and as a “hybrid between experimental club music and samples I’ve been recording along the way,” combining music from Kenji Kawai, Holowave, Baby Blue and more.

Buy Lila Tirando a Violeta’s music on Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

Faust – No Angel 
Making Of Machine (Psychiatrik Remix)
Kenji Kawai – Making of a Cyborg 
LTAV & ABSSYS – NOCHE TOTEM
Doxxed – Asereje 
Abssys – Hedonia
LOU KESSLER –  Neoreactionary
LTAV – ???
Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones – God (Miss Jay Remix)
Nahshi – Glims (LU)
XXX DJ TEAM EDIT – AA THE WORLD
somebody – no drop
T5UMUT5UMU – Coup
Zakmatic – Containment
hecthepunisher – Utena tenji made me cry
Miss Jay – High Dub
t0ni – ???
Paleoclimatology – Wetware Solutions
Glacci – Purple Myst
MORO – Chihirow
retina – cyborg 2.0
Braian x Imaabs – Doscomattres
Holowave – Borders
Baby Blue – maddona edit
??? – ????
Lankum – (Lighght Bitcoin Blockchain Blend)
Wasted Fates – Turbio
Stasya – Escalada [HiedraH]
Hanzo0 – Death
MALA – Abssys re-take (LTAV, Lighght, Nick Leon, PRJCTN)
Anoche (T5UMUT5UMU Edit)
AS – AS TOO WRONG (NAHSHI PSYSTYLE)
Hanzo0 – 死去 (Death) (DJ Hristos Remix)

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FACT Archive: Footwurk – The Legacy

We pick out some of our favourite videos and documentaries from the FACT vault.

In the 2015 short film Footwurk: The Legacy, Akeem Pennicooke tells a story of dance culture and gang culture in Chicago, starring footwork dancers MikeyRockz (from the Heat Squad crew) and Rashad Harris (from Tribe National). 

Pennicooke immersed himself in footwork to properly understand the community, and made the tracks for the film’s music (under his musical alias, Londy). Despite dealing with the freezing temperatures of Chicago winter and police harassment while filming, the film is both heart-breaking and inspiring.

“I did not want to create a documentary,” Pennicooke told FACT in 2015. “I wanted to create something more realistic, something that mirrored real-life events. I wanted to create a piece of realistic fiction that told the story so many people in impoverished communities have experienced. My goal was to capture the footwork culture and to expose it to a larger audience, all while paying respect to the footwork community.”

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Artist DIY: Iggor Cavalera

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode, drummer, producer and DJ Iggor Cavalera records an improvised modular synth performance from home and shares the story behind his custom setup.

Cavalera is best known as a founding member and drummer of the legendary Brazilian metal band Sepultura, but in recent years he’s been a producer and DJ under the alias Mixhell, formed a new band with his brother Max, Cavalera Conspiracy, and played drums in the most recent iteration of Soulwax.

In his downtime though, he likes to spend time in what he calls his “secret laboratory”, composing on the modular synth he’s built up over the past few years. It started with a single module, Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle’s Gristleizer, which was a gift from his wife Laima (who filmed this episode and appeared in the first episode of this series) and is now a full instrument that he plays alongside a drum machine and DJ gear.

“I come home from all the touring playing drums, I listen to some records and then I make some music on this, he says. “It’s kind of like my sacred place at home.”

Watch next: Artist DIY: Lea Bertucci

FACT mix 756: TALsounds

A meditative mix of DIY music from a Chicago underground favourite.

TALsounds is the project of Natalie Chami, a staple of Chicago’s DIY scene and member of psych trio Good Willsmith. Her gorgeous solo work takes inspiration from minimalism and her classical voice and opera training – knowledge she shares as part of her teaching job at ChiArts, a Chicago public high school for music and the arts.

Chami’s music, which has been released on labels such as Hausu Mountain, Ba Da Bing! and Tabs Out, is largely improvisational, combining tranquil synthesis and live-looped vocals without overdubs. Her next album, Acquiesce, released on NNA Tapes on May 22, is described as “a fluid extrapolation of her thoughts, worries, and stresses” during a turbulent period of personal change.

“I focused this mix on women (and more importantly friends) from DIY music scenes in the US and beyond who I’ve played with and who I dearly miss,” Chami says of her FACT mix, which includes music from Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore, Matchess, Jackie Lynn and Fire-Toolz as well as a few tracks from Acquiesce.

“The process of compiling these songs brought back memories of all the music we have shared and made me feel re-inspired. I’m proud to connect with them, even if it is only through a mix.”

Find TALsounds’ music at Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

Matchess – ‘For Lise’
Good Fuck – ‘Secret Meetings’
Wume – ‘Walled Garden’
Nordra – ‘Reflections’
LEYA – ‘Wave’
TALsounds – ‘No Rise’
Steffi Neuhuber – ‘Building Strength’
Somesurprises – ‘Sometimes’
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – ‘Damaged Sunset’
Damiana (Matchess + TALsounds) – ‘Ivyneer’
WHITE BOY SCREAM – ‘Apolaki’
Gel Set – ‘Ether Or’
Jackie Lynn – ‘Dream St.’
TALsounds – ‘Soar’
Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa –  ‘Elastic Astral Peel’
Fire-Toolz – ‘It’s Now Safe to Turn Off Your Computer’

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Artist DIY: Lea Bertucci

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode, composer and sound artist Lea Bertucci creates an improvised piece in isolation from her apartment in Queens.

Bertucci, who was at a residency in Porto as the pandemic began, was forced to cancel a European tour and return to New York. On her return, she dug out some field recordings from a trip to Brazil, and responded to the sounds of the locked-down city with her flute.

As well as filming a video for the performance itself, featuring visuals by her roommate Bradley Eros, Bertucci explains to FACT what tools and software she uses to record and manipulate acoustic instruments as well as offering advice for anyone in isolation wanting to do the same at home.

Bertucci’s latest release, Acoustic Shadows, began as a series of site-specific musical performances that took place in the hollow body of the Deutzer bridge in Koln, Germany. It’s available now on vinyl and digital formats from SA Recordings together with a sample library in a dedicated plugin.

Lea Bertucci’s music is available now from Bandcamp, where this Friday (May 1) the site will waive its revenue share and give all proceeds to artists.

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FACT mix 755: DJ Bus Replacement Service

A lockdown-inspired mix from “the Frank Sidebottom of techno”.

In a world of promo pool techno, deep-v T-shirts and mainstage festival posers, Doris Woo’s sets as DJ Bus Replacement Service are a welcome breath of absurdity. If you don’t know the name, you may well know her by the rubber Kim Jong-un mask she wears at every gig. As FACT said in 2018, Woo is perhaps “the Frank Sidebottom of techno“.

It would be easy to dismiss DJ Bus Replacement’s stage persona as a gimmick, but as a DJ she goes to places other selectors refuse to reach. Techno and hardcore are staples, but you’re just as likely to hear donk, forgotten pop classics or recordings of North Korean newsreaders in her sets and mixes. Anything goes, especially if it makes you laugh on the dancefloor.

DJ Bus Replacement Service’s FACT mix is loosely inspired by COVID-19 lockdown measures, with three distinct sections in mind.

Section 1: “Some of my favourite tracks I played in clubs in February and March before the lockdown.”

Section 2: “The BABYMETAL track delineates the time I was becoming more concerned about getting COVID-19 in crowded places, which also happened to be around the time I saw their show in Manchester. My last gig before the lockdown followed two weeks after that. This section represents tracks I would play in my imaginary Club COVID: a mix of topical soon-to-be classics and questionable cash-ins. Both are welcome in my club.”

Section 3: “This is a cross-section of what I would play at my imaginary club’s season closing party and in preparation for the post-lockdown return to an agrarian and/or feudal society (TBC). During the lockdown, I’ve been watching and live-tweeting during reruns of past Eurovision Song Contests organised by the folks behind Eurovision Again. There’s a degree of perverse pleasure I get from mixing Eurovision bangers and howlers with everything else I play, and getting a combination that elevates everything in the mix. My favourite contender for this year’s now-cancelled Eurovision was one of the finalists from Finland’s national selection: an unapologetic ode to the infamous porn star-turned politician Cicciolina…with a bit of Russian hardbass added by me for good measure.”

If you like the mix and would like to help during the pandemic, Woo suggests donations to two charities: The Trussell Trust and Lanai Cat Sanctuary. Find DJ Bus Replacement Service on Instagram.

Tracklist:

Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – ‘Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’
Deep Forest – ‘Sweet Lullaby’ (Shivaxi Bootleg)
DJ Roy – ‘Citizen’ (DJ BAR@BASS remix)
Bobby Ranger – ‘Aerobic Gymnastics’
H&M – ‘Perception’
Schacke – ‘Full Contraction’
Chris Sattinger – ‘1-976-Timeblind Side A’
Tommy Holohan – ‘Trancegression’
BABYMETAL – ‘BxMxC’
Psychs – ‘Spreadin’ (Coronavirus)’
Julien Andreas – ‘Lethal Hardcore 3’
Lil Boodang – ‘Fuck Covid 19 Ima Go Do Gay Shit With My Homies’
Lil Boodang – ‘Fuck Covid 19 Ima Go Do Gay Shit With My Homies’ (2x speed)
Scatta – ‘2 Tha Clubb’ (feat. Los & Bojaq)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – ‘Bring Out Your Dead’
Coronavirus – ‘Hand Sanitizer’
Ilana Bryne – ‘Theoretical Medical Genitals’
DIMI – ‘Groove Away’
Bogdan Raczynski – ‘Net Assets’
Selfsoul – ‘Cairo’
Verka Serduchka – ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’
Hard Bass School – ‘Lyutyj Hardbas’
Erika Vikman – ‘Cicciolina’

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FACT Archive: Tricky – I Am Adrian Thaws

We pick out some of our favourite videos and documentaries from the FACT vault.

Since making his name in the late ’80s as a member of The Wild Bunch and then Massive Attack, Tricky has become one of British music’s most unconventionally iconic musicians, releasing perhaps trip-hop’s defining document in 1995’s Maxinquaye.

Prior to the release of Tricky’s 2014 album Adrian Thaws, FACT sat down with the Bristol icon for what was then one of his most candid interviews to date, covering everything from his battle with to drugs to his high-profile relationships and feuds.

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Artist DIY: VONDA7

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode, DJ and producer VONDA7 tells us how lockdown in her adopted city of Berlin has helped her embrace a slower pace and shares some of the ways she’s staying creative in the studio.

While VONDA7 is known for producing driving club music inspired by French house, garage and disco, her time in isolation has given her the chance to experiment with making drum sounds using her own vocals and use more organic sounds.

VONDA7 also runs art | werk, a platform that showcases techno, alternative pop and visual arts. You can support her music and label by purchasing it from Bandcamp.

Thanks to Rob Kubicki, Legowelt and Danny Goliger.

Listen to the full track from this episode below.

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FACT mix 754: BADSISTA

A defiant trip through the São Paulo underground with one of its most vital artists.

A globetrotting DJ, producer, key member of São Paulo’s Tormenta crew and co-founder of feminist DJ collective Bandida, BADSISTA is one of a generation of Brazilian artists organising parties in the face of increasing anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric from its president.

“If we don’t get together, if we don’t enjoy each other, I don’t know, maybe I would feel lonely and sad,” she told FACT in 2018. “So we have to get together, especially in times like this in Brazil. We don’t have time to get sad. We’re fighting for our lives, for our right to live.”

BADSISTA’s blistering DJ sets, which blend shifting tempos and genres, have made her a firm favourite around the world as well, with appearances at festivals such as Unsound, CTM, Dark Mofo, Nyege Nyege and clubs like De School and Trauma Bar und Kino over the past few years.

BADSISTA’s FACT mix is a defiant trip through global club styles, textures, tempos and a generous helping of her own productions and edits, contrasting the ecstatic musical sounds of the São Paulo underground with Ugandan singeli from Jay Mitta and Sisso and cutting-edge productions from Shanghai’s 33EMYBW along the way.

Find Badsista’s music at Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

33EMYBW – ‘Symmetry’
ASMR Prática de Yin Yoga – ‘Movimentos para indução ao sono’
BADSISTA – ‘Perigosa e Famosa’
BAD DO BAIRRO – ‘Vou Te F****’ (acapella)
Pabllo Vittar – ‘Amor de Que’
Ngalah Oreyo x UMOJA – ‘GALA GALA’ (Siu Mata Edit)
RYKT – ‘Thousands [DJ Tool] Sample’
EVEHIVE – ‘XERECÃO’
Errorsmith feat Jay Mitta – ‘Jam for Sisso’
DJ LC DO TB – ‘MTG Vai Fazer Carão, Vai Passar Nervoso’
DJ Mahesh – ‘Hey Ganpat Baja Kumbali’ (Trance mix)
Encuentros Furtivos – ‘Condenada’ (Tayhana & Lechuga Zafiro)
Lemane – ‘Spiral Star’
Deize Tigrona ft. BADSISTA – ‘Vagabundo’
BADSISTA – ‘Acid Aperto’
BADSISTA – ‘Interlúdio I’
MC 2D – ‘Acompanha o Grave 2.0’ (Acapella)
TBZ – ‘Rude Beat’
Moerbeck – ‘Kid Ghost’
BADSISTA ft. TAYA – ‘Xerecaria’ (BAD CYBER MIX)
House Of Black Lanterns – ‘Out To The Private Number’
BADSISTA – ‘Interlúdio II’ (ft. JLZ, ICE UNDERLORD)
Kelela – ‘Turn to Dust’ (Acapella)
Suzi Analogue ft. Jungle Pussy – ‘2DEEP’
33EMYBW – ‘DRUM3’
The Modern Institute vs Sisso – ‘Biti 5 Sisso’ buildup
The Modern Institute vs Jay Mitta – ‘Rave Remix’
LOTIC – ‘Carried’
STARX – ‘Reality’ (DESTROYED INNA BADSISTA INTERLUDE)
SKIPDIE – ‘Mami Wata’ (DESTROYED BY BADSISTA)
BADSISTA – ‘Espadas’
OXHY – ‘RAFIQ’

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Patch Notes: Hydromantic live from Berlin Atonal 2019

Patch Notes is a series that explores modular synthesisers and the art of making electronic music with hardware.

In this video, recorded exclusively for FACT at Berlin Atonal 2019, Junior Boys’ Matthew Didemus and Martin Maischein, a former Berghain sound engineer and artist behind projects such as Goner and Sandbenders, team up as Hydromantic.

The duo perform with modular synths as well as other gear, and combine “fourth-world acoustic rhythms with divergent techno futurism” to explore timbre, rhythm and space.

Hydromantic’s first release, the Archipelago EP, is available now on Hunee’s Lifetones label.

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Artist DIY: Laima presents Anxiety, Home and Future

Artist DIY is a series of videos made by artists in collaboration with FACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACT edits each episode remotely, while the artist shoots at their home or studio with whatever equipment they have available. In this episode, Laima gives us an intimate performance titled Anxiety, Home and Future, based on her debut record, Home, released on The Vinyl Factory x DEEWEE last year.

Home is an appropriate subject for this first episode of Artist DIY: the album’s only live performances have been strictly limited to people’s homes, and now, with everyone trapped in their own houses and flats, Laima welcomes us into hers.

“‘Anxiety’ is a track about not knowing what comes next, and our constant battle in choosing things to do and thinking too much and planning, planning, planning,” Laima says of the performance’s first track. “Now it’s quite interesting, there’s no space to plan because we don’t know what’s gonna happen.”

This episode was directed remotely in real time by FACT, and shot using camera equipment left at Laima’s house – after being disinfected and dropped off at a two-metre distance, of course. Filming was handled by Laima’s husband Iggor Cavalera (who she performs with as Mixhell) and their daughter, Raissa Cavalera, with lighting and stage design by Laima herself.

Laima’s album Home is available now via The Vinyl Factory and her new single ‘Disco Pregnancy’ can be bought here. Laima will also be performing a full streamed performance of her album, Home from Home, on DEEWEE’s Instagram Live soon.

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FACT mix 752: Rhyw

Twitchy techno for peak hours from the Fever AM co-founder.

Rhyw’s ‘Biggest Bully‘ made for one of 2019’s most thrilling techno tracks. A stuttering, stripped-back oddity made of elastic vocal samples and tightly-coiled drums, it was a defining moment for the Welsh-Greek producer after prior releases for Avian and Arcing Seas.

In the months since, Rhyw’s music has caught the attention of Modeselektor, who have released two EPs by the Welsh-Greek producer on their Seilscheibenpfeiler label. Sing Sin, released last month, is his most driving set of tracks to date, exploring a “twisted peak time energy”.

Rhyw also runs the Fever AM label alongside Mor Elian, with whom his music shares a light-footed yet propulsive quality. Together, they’ve turned the label into a home for a tight group of producers working at the intersection of techno, electro, dub and jungle.

Rhyw’s FACT mix is a taste of him playing “a club set to a very open crowd”, drawing in twitchy cuts from Pearson Sound, Upsammy, and Webstarr alongside unreleased heaters from Mor Elian, Karenn, Happa and more. If you’ve forgotten what the club sounds like, now’s the time to turn the volume up, turn the lights down, and dive in.

Tracklist:

Dynamo – ’24°’
Upsammy – ‘Branches On Ice’
Mor Elian – (unreleased)
Silene – ‘Hollowed’ (unreleased)
Duji – ‘Be Careful What You Say’
Webstarr – ‘Aegrus’
Happa – (unreleased)
DJ Sinclair – ‘Bells (RPG mix)’
Bonehead – (unreleased)
Outkast – ? (Rhyw edit)
Pearson Sound – ‘Power Drumsss’
Sophie – ‘Not Okay (Alone Mix)’
Osheyack & Nahash – ‘Hold Pattern’
Rhyw – ‘Stare Me Down’ (unreleased)’
Blaze & Glory – “Influence Da Flow’
Milanese – ‘Vanilla Monkey’
Efdemin – ‘Acid Bells’
Shiken Hanzo – ‘Mysticism’
Xen Chron – (unreleased)
Karenn – ‘On Request’ (unreleased)
Ben Ritz – ‘Transition Piece’
LCY – ‘Naughty P’
Suburban Knight – ‘Cargo Cult (Last Days)’
Jabes – ‘Pulled Up’
Flore – ‘Coded Language’
Yssue – ‘Doesn’t mean alive’
Mark E – ‘Outdoor Pursuit’
Black Point – ‘Black Point’
Yu Su – ‘Words Without Sound’
DJ Nobu – ‘Föllakzoid IIII (DJ Nobu Daisy Remix)’
TSVI – ‘Labyrinth’
Untold – ‘Luminous’

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