honoured and excited to play the 10 year celebration for the much beloved bass coast music festival. it's a sold out show with matt the alien, librarian, barisone, and shah dj's. long life space toast!
so very happy to be continuing to work with the wonderful berlin based new kanada label. souns 'quiet love' closes out this compliation, and leads the way for the souns 'eve' EP is set for an early november release. release details here and bandcamp page here.
'quiet love' also appears in the national geographic / ben knight film 'the last of honey hunter' which recently qualified for an academy award. and also serves as mood woven into tanya tagaq's 'erie changys' featuring radik tyulyush.
curated the artists appearing at New Forms Festival 2017 friday and saturday late night event in the hangar at great northern way. very much looking forward. the entire festival is rock solid this year and so is the team.
Hangar Friday Night :
10:00 PM: City (Halycon Veil) -Live- 10:45 PM: Edna King (Modern Math) -Live- 11:30 PM: Aïsha Devi with Emile Barret (Danse Noire) -Live A/V- 12:30 AM: Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones (Fractal Fantsay) -Live A/V- 2:00 AM: ZutZut (N.A.A.F.I.) -DJ- 3:00 AM: Endgame (Hyperdub, Bala Club) -DJ-
Hangar Saturday Night :
10:00 PM: E3 (ZamZam Sounds co-founder) -DJ- 11:00 PM: Sky H1 (Codes, PAN) -Live- 12:00 AM: Peverelist (Livity Sound, Punch Drunk) -DJ- 1:30 AM: DJ Lag (Goon Club Allstars, Gqom) -DJ- 2:45 AM: Madam X (Kaizen label-founder) -DJ-
proud to have been a part of this project put together by olivia davies. i composed the majority of the music for the work, four original long-form pieces, and helped with mastering and gluing together the rest of the audio. i was able to catch the premiere in may and was quite moved and inspired. thanks liv!
last year was such a pleasure and an inspiration. excited to take in all the concerts and provide a cap on the evening for folks. i'll be dj'ing the post-concerts jan 24, 26, 27, and 29.
and listen to my post-concerts from last year below..
my first release of the year is on really good records. cheers folks. here's all the info:
Michael Red's 'Brighter Colours' EP is a collection of tracks that trace back to dubstep's early days in Vancouver. Tracks that got the best dancefloor reactions back then AND still do now. 'Presha Dem' and 'Chops' were both dropped on acetate at the legendary Dubforms parties actually. Worth another note is that 'Chops' is the original take of it's re-imagined dub version 'Ops Dub' (released on New York's South Fork Sound). Stripping down sounds to the essentials being a central theme in dub music - "Chops" is "Ops Dub" but with the "C", the added colour and drums, still intact. Sound System Culture, Dub Music, and West Coast Canadian influences are all clear here. Functional bass heavy dancefloor music .. with lasting depth. Lighta! Really Good!
"REALLY GOOD VIBES" ~ moresounds
"birds sound like rewinds sometimes" ~ Om Unit
"Great dubby vibe. Fantastic!" ~ CBC electronic
"Riding down the street in a zamboni, cause the streets are all frozen, blasting the ep, looking for the best veggie burger in town." ~ Danny Corn
"Wonderful EP! Love the variety of the tunes yet the vibe is unified. Glad to hear a couple favorites in here." ~ E3 (zam zam)
"Very strong release, 'Presha Dem' is a percy!" ~ Blind Prophet (south fork sound)
"COOL" ~ Ed Solo
"REALLY FRESH BEATS" ~ KeepDeep
only the most sensitive radar could catch this one. low flying release and personal creative exercise in clearing out some cob webs .. or perhaps more accurately - going through old photos in the attic.
it's been an extra long process to get this release together but totally worth the wait. the fellas from babel printed and pressed (also see undone) worked hard to get it right and it shows. the booklet looks great. the vinyl sounds amazing. the video by endtask is world class. proud of this one. nice one taal mala too of course. vinyl & booklet is available at record shops in vancouver, new york, bristol, toronto, juno, rwd_fwd, red eye and bandcamp.
also a little lighter flash to the sinking ship, where me and taal mala and the label all lived under the same roof for a time, and where this project was seeded.
i initiated the low key YEARS END at the very end of last year, and got a bunch of positive feedback about it. the plan is to release another albums worth of material at the very end of this year too. i'll also be slowly feeding select unreleased back catelog and certain older short-run physical releases to there too.
just put up the original score i did for A1PHA, a short film eron carruth wrote and directed. thanks for the support
a belated but hearty thanks to everyone who came out and took part in new forms festival 2016. it was a pleasure to put together two of the line up's for this year. the satellite gallery on friday night with lee bannon, strategy, x/o, rosen, wzrdryAV, and aspecial performance from mark van hoen. and the main room saturday night with untold, deft, swisha, hood joplin and c130. it's been nothing but positive and entusiastic responses on all fronts. happy this could happen in vancouver. special thanks to malcolm levy, scott w, emmy, rauiri, matt, and the whole rest of the team. cheers!
extremely pleased to announce my audio installation for +15 soundscapes a time and place, revisted is happening from now until the start of january. a network of discreet speakers spread across a downtown calgary city block playing a soundscape i created, 24 hours a day. many thanks to arts commons to selecting my work for this, constantine katsiris and sheena jardine-olade for helping prep my work behind the scenes. and extra special thanks to tanya tagaq for letting me use her voice in the work and hosting me in her home community of cambridge bay, which allowed for the whole thing to happen in the first place.
arts commons wrote up their own description of the project, so i figured i'd share the description, in my words, below..
- PROJECT DESCRIPTION
A Time and Place, Revisited is a meditative sound journey of music and soundscapes created exclusively from audio recorded in and around Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Invited by musical collaborator Tanya Tagaq, and an acclaimed Inuit throat singer, Michael Red flew up to the far north in 2006 to carefully record sounds from the land, life and Tanya in her home community. Sounds gathered include wind, rushing water, still water, slush, ice melting and crackling, birds, sled dogs, a qillauti (drum) played and tightened, swishing ulus (knives) together, fingers running through furs and feathers, objects being banged and clanging together at the community dump, the 10 o'clock siren, kids laughing and playing, and Tanya singing and experimenting with her voice. Over the course of three years, back in Vancouver, Red meticulously processed and categorized the three weeks of raw material he recorded and shaped them into a comprehensive sound library. This library includes full sets of drums, percussion, bass, melodic instruments, and atmospheres - all created the recordings from up north and computer software process's. Michael has used parts of this library in performance with Tanya, as well as in part of a installation for CODE:live (part of the 2010 Olympics), but never dove deep in the full expanses of the nunavut sound library until now.
A Time and Place, Revisited is a continuous cycling mix of the songs, soundscapes and sound art inspired by, and made from, the Canadian Artic. It is intended as a cyclical story that can be picked up anywhere, moving between the quieter moments of ambient field recordings and more dramatic areas like beat-driven songs. It is a sound expression of an experience - a compilation of ideas, emotions and expressions inspired from land above the treeline.
- ARTIST STATEMENT
A Time and Place, Revisited is a journey that engages the listener in a similar way to how they might experience the north themselves: quiet contemplations, wildly raw and powerful moments, mysterious and magical diversions, simple natural beauty.
This work is very much “alive”. Finding the life in raw audio recordings of things like wind and water, and allowing space for that life to speak in it's own voice.
The first appearance of this work was part of an art installation for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. This is a further developed and refined version of that work, hence the “revisited” in the title.