Call & Response
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Associate Artists

Through our associate artists programme we are lucky to be spending time creating immersive sound works with some truly inspiring and creative people. We're interested in using immersive audio across artistic disciplines and exploring how this technology can be used to reshape composition and performance practices.

 

Dave Okumu

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Best known for fronting his critically acclaimed band The Invisible, whose eponymous debut was nominated for a Mercury Prize (2009) and was also selected by iTunes UK editorial team as 'iTunes Album of the Year'. Dave has also collaborated, performed or recorded with numerous artists including Adele, Lianne La Havas, Grace Jones, Anna Calvi, Eska, Paloma Faith, Kwabs, Lilly Wood, Jordan Rakei, Rosie Lowe, Nilufer, Connie Constance, Amy Winehouse, St Vincent, Yoko Ono, Beck and many more....

“I think space in music is just as important as sound, but under-explored when it comes to live music. Being able to write and arrange in C&R's unique Ambisonic production space is an opportunity for me to explore space as a compositional paradigm - the thought of being able to place a sound anywhere in a 360 degree sphere is inspiring.” - Dave

 

Hejira

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Based in London but universal in scope and expression, Hejira are a group that belie much of their own appearance. A band with deeply immersive textures; moonlighting session musicians with a mastery of the subtle and experimental; recipients of effuse critical and creative praise who self-sufficiently record and release their own music.

The group formed over the late 2000’s, having met through performing in big band and jazz ensembles, playing alongside such musicians as Amy Winehouse, Nitin Sawhney, Floating Points and Eric Lau. As the three core members came together to explore the meeting point of their musical skills and interests, a unique magic began to emerge from unassuming jam sessions. 

After Hejira announced their second LP Thread of Gold we began to talk about how we could rework some of the material into a live immersive 3D sound experience. Through a series of studio session here at C&R we have unpacked the music from this beautifully crafted EP and mixed it onto our 27.2 channel Ambisonic surround system.

The music tells the story of vocalist, bass guitarist and co-songwriter Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne’s changing relationship with her homeland of Ethiopia after the death of her father. She took the band with her on a pilgrimage to Addis Ababa, looking to reaffirm her own ancestral roots and cultural identity, and subsequently on a deeper exploration into the unique, ancient and far-flung lands, peoples and musics of Ethiopia. 

Their time in Ethiopia eventually became the binding force around several years’ worth of songwriting and self-recording. “Ethiopia became a backbone and a point of reference,” multi-instrumentalist and producer Sam Beste offers. “The experience helped to galvanise everything we had written into a cohesive work.” 

 

rkss 

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rkss (Robin Buckley) is a sound artist and musician based in London and their work explores the politics and aesthetics of club culture, technology and queerness. Robin has released music under the alias rkss across a variety of formats on labels such as Where to Now?, Alien Jams and Conditional Records. Robin presents a radio program for Resonance Extra, called Lossless Communication, exploring sound discovery in the internet era.

Robin has recently presented work at HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) for 3hd Festival, Fluid Festival in Birmingham as a collaboration with Repeator and also at OHM in Berlin.

Robin's sonic pallet is unconventional and exploratory so it made perfect sense to expand their work into the spatial realm. Robin has begun work here at the C&R studio on the sound design and spatialisation of vocal recordings captured during their voice feminisation therapy. They will be creating an Ambisonic piece that explores Ooloi, and the notion of a third sonic space that exists in between that of females and males.