In times when algorithms are used to alienate us and music is reduced and consumed as “content”,a group of ravers and musicians use algorithms to bring people together in dancefloors,perform music and live code experiences to make music taking place.
I’m stoked ’bout giving my F.A.T NIKA 2014 (.tidal .gif version) to one the best things that has happened to music and dancefloors in the 21st century:ALGORAVE. (Ardisson,Benoit and The Mandelbrots, Alexandra Cardenas, LiveCodeLab, Sick Lincoln, Norah Lorway, LUUMA, Meta-ex, Mico-Rex, Renick Bell, Section_9, Shelly Knotts, Yaxu/Slub/AlexMcLean, Yee_King). Thanks for the code, the music, the dance and looking forward for more party in general!♥
Algorave is made from “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive conditionals“. These days just about all electronic music is made using software, but with artificial barriers between the people creating the software algorithms and the people making the music. Using systems built for creating algorithmic music, such as IXI Lang, overtone, puredata, Max/MSP, SuperCollider, Impromptu, Fluxus and Tidal, these barriers are broken down, and musicians are able to compose and work live with their music as algorithms. This has good and bad sides, but a different approach leads to interesting places.
This is no new idea, but Algoraves focus on humans making and dancing to music. Algorave musicians don’t pretend their software is being creative, they take responsibility for the music they make, shaping it using whatever means they have. More importantly the focus is not on what the musician is doing, but on the music, and people dancing to it. Algoraves embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past, and introduce alien, futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes. It’s up to the good people on the dancefloor to help the musicians make sense of this and do the real creative work in making a great party.
About F.A.T NIKA
The F.A.T NIKA is a Fake Gucci for the attention economy.
“The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the most important yearly prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music”. It is a handmade wooden statuette – copy of the Greek Nike of Samothrace – plated with gold. “Prix Ars Electronica” is a phrase composed of French, Latin and Spanish words, loosely translated as “Electronic Arts Prize.” (Source: Wikipedia.)
F.A.T NIKA is a freestyle copy of Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica. It is a 3d modeled object statuette, copied from Wikipedia images of the Greek Nike of Samothrace and Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica.
This prestigious counterfeited award can be easily reproduced infinite times -digitally or physically-, customized and being used to recognize any expression you value (including yours!)– without being part of the the artificial sanctity of juries, curators and gatekeepers.
2012 F.A.T (Crystal Disco version)
2013 Computer Rooms by Goto80(FAKE GOLD version)
2014 ALGORAVE (.tidal.gif version)
The place where Piratbyrån and F.A.T met was of course IRC and then the groups overlapped basically because of kopimi, like everything else does in the internet and AFK.
Fatties Evan, Geraldine and Magnus were last week in London hanging out in Harringay with the Piratbyrån bunch and setting up the exhibition “Piratbyrån and Friends”, that opened in Furtherfield last saturday.
The exhibition traces stories and affinities behind the swedish group of friends from which the most resilient cultural project on the planet emerged a decade ago. The gallery exhibition features a collection of archival material, t-shirts, films, comissioned artworks-networks and oddities- together with a vast and complex digital archive available in the Commons of Furtherfield and inside the Kopimi Totem, ready for you to explore and copy.
Don’t miss the show if you are around Finsbury Park, it runs until June 8th! Otherwise here is a preview:
How to dig the Piratbyrån archive by Magnus Eriksson
Kopimi s23 Suit by Lina Persdotter Carlsson and Torrent by Geraldine Juárez [s23m film, The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds and new Tapecasts by Piratbyrån]
Police Riot shields by James Cauty
Riot Chat by Palle Torsson
S23m (system 23 modified) by Piratbyrån, Geraldine Juárez and Simon Klose.
In 2008 Pratbyrån had grown tired of the file-sharing debate and its endless repetitions of for-or-against, legal-or-illegal, payment-or-gratis, so they loaded a bus with 23 people and head over south in Sweden in a bus: S23M (System 23 Modified), The bus became one of the most significant undertakings of Piratbyrån and shaped their thoughts on the tensions between digital abundance and crowded space, collective decisions and freedom of choice, and that which can be copied and that which can’t.
Moar pics here!
Much thanks to Marc, Ruth and Rachel at Furtherfield for an inspiring time and great exhibition. Plus extra love to Ale and Rich for being so excellent with us. Shout out to our friends Palle, Rasmus, Danny, Kugg, Samira and Jimmy for being such great inspiration. data<3
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