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)
COMPUTER ROOMS is a beautiful little book that focus on the context in which computer culture happens rather than in their machines:
“This is what computer culture really looks like. A collection of photos that show the messy reality behind the shiny online facade. Where we make our living and spend our free time. And try to be creative. Or even maybe worse.
Very few people get to see these spaces. It’s not the kind of place we take photos of, or show to visitors. Maybe we don’t even see it ourselves. It’s a sort of secluded area hidden in plain sight, full of secrets, now on this display in this book.
This kind of places lead to political actions, fantastic music, art, new friends, inventions, love and so much more. This is IRL!”
/Goto80, Bräkne-Hoby, April 2013.
Goto80 (born Anders Carlsson, 1981) is a Swedish music artist and researcher. He has been described as one of the key players between glitch and chipmusic, as well as an active demoscener. At the turn of the millennium he was one of the first to bring chipmusic to a wider audience, and was also an early adoptor of live Game Boy music. He has an extensive back catalogue of free music – often open source – with a wide span of musical influences. He currently focuses on research and art, and maintains a number of blogs and labels such as Chipflip and the text-mode tumblr. (source: Wikipedia)
The Golden Nica is replica of the Greek Nike of Samothrace. It is a handmade wooden statuette, plated with gold, so each trophy is unique: approximately 35 cm high, with a wingspan of about 20 cm, all on a pedestal. “Prix Ars Electronica” is a phrase composed of French, Latin and Spanish words, loosely translated as “Electronic Arts Prize.”
F.A.T NIKA v 1.0 is a freestyle replica of Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica: “one of the most important awards for creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of digital media.” The replica is a 3d modelled object statuette copied from a wikipedia photograph, a la old school.
The prestigious award now can be easily reproduced infinite times -digitally or physically- and use it to recognize any creative expression you dig (including your own!), while showing blatant disregard to the scarcity promoted by the art market and the artificial sanctity of juries, curators and gatekeepers.
Download and copy the F.A.T NIKA v 1.0 from here. (.stl 5MB)
JUST COPY IT.
First published at simple-mechanisms.com
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