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Inversia: the Arctic music festival lighting up perpetual night

Delivered... Andrew Dickson | Scene | Tue 11 Feb 2020 5:24 pm

In Russia’s frozen far north, Murmansk’s Inversia festival draws artists reflecting on the edges of the earth – including Brits, despite ever chillier diplomatic relations

In the Arctic Circle during the dim days of February, reality becomes a little attenuated. At 10am, it’s still dark, the streetlights colouring the pavements pale orange and making sallow shadows of the trees. When the forecast announces that today it’ll only be -11C, there’s a palpable sense of relief: someone gruffly makes a joke about global warming. By early afternoon, you’re into dusk, a meditative dwindling and diminishing that makes you wonder if it ever really got light. For what seems an eternity, the sky is rimmed with whitish-pink; the snow goes through every shade of blue, from azure and ultramarine through to deep indigo. The sense is that winter has frozen not only the ground, but time itself.

Given the sensory intensity, it’s little wonder that the wintry far north has proved so seductive to musicians and artists – or festival organisers. The Dark Music Days gathering in Iceland has been a mainstay of the experimental scene for 40 years, encouraging Europe’s most innovative composers and performers to flock to Reykjavik during late January. More recently, it’s been joined by Svalbard’s Polarjazz festival, Tromso’s Insomnia and at least two separate events, in Canada and Norway, named after the northern lights.

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YOU CAN STILL GET ELECTRIC FOREST TICKETS!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Tue 11 Feb 2020 5:00 pm
It's not too late to get Electric Forest tickets! You still have options.

In quarantined China, concerts are going online as a safe place to meet

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 11 Feb 2020 1:18 pm

Even in the capital Beijing, once-crowded streets are now empty, as the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak forces people at home. The solution for live musicians: turn to streaming.

Streaming was already a popular hangout for Chinese musicians and artists across the region, before the viral shutdown of public space. That already included experimental artists looking to reach one another in their niche. The difference is, now online interaction in China is essential because people are effectively all isolated at home.

I caught some small window into this via Edward Sanderson, based in Beijing, who has been sharing the streams of his friends. (To this I’m again indebted to C-drik and his Syrphe Facebook group on experimental music in Asia and Africa, as I wrote up recently.)

Edward writes, ” As group events in China have been curtailed because of the coronavirus threat, the online space has become more important for meeting up.” (Many of these events are also shared via Facebook even though that site is blocked by default in China; in experimental music circles, it seems VPNs are popular.)

So, for instance, via streaming, two experimental clarinetists can play together.

Zhu Wenbo played a concert from his home in Beijing:

In Dali, located in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, clarinet player Ding Chenchen could join in a day later, as a duet:

You won’t see anything until a stream is active, but there’s a streaming space on Shanghai-based Bilili, with a URL like this one:

https://space.bilibili.com/505035552/

That’s a Chinese-only service that now boasts tens of millions of users, largely focused around games, animation, and comics, but evidently branching out into clarinet noise music. Artist Zhao Cong had announced a stream for today. I couldn’t locate it in time for this post, but here are some of her gorgeous textural compositions on Bandcamp – engrossingly fuzzy, lo-fi looped constructions:

Plus as part of the “Practice” series, new live-streamed performances were just announced with music by Zhu Wenbo, Zhou Yi, and Li Song (Chinese-language link, but you can get QR codes for concerts coming up in the next week):

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/opP6L9YTtevuRtwvjchpTg?fbclid=IwAR3qgeJNGXj0DmT6YLCeZtxqxXcJw8wJUjR1Fxubvfwo9gWvDCUtryXGH9I

Instead of links, event promos heavily feature images, and even QR codes. The number below Bilibili represents a “space” on the streaming site; head there at the appointed time, and you get live-streamed music. So think more underground – less Facebook notifications from the Boiler Room page everybody and their dog subscribes to.

Just as China has led the way in expanding the uses of mobile chat, mobile-based streaming has taken off in the country even as the West embraces the tech in fits and starts. (I’d say the reason is, markets like the USA still split usage between desktop and mobile, and are dominated by Facebook and Google and their business models – including for how music fees are structured.)

Anyway, our Chinese readers now far more about all of this than I do (from streaming to the current state of Chinese quarantine). So, since we do have a large readership that’s now trapped in your houses –

Open call to Chinese artists and other readers under quarantine! If you do have some ideas for streaming concerts, go for it! I’ll be happy to share that across the readership here. We can basically create, for now, not Boiler Room, but a sort of Coronavirus Room for bored and isolated quarantined musicians.

And to everyone dealing with life in the shadow of this virus, we wish you the best health. A big thanks to all the people working to contain its spread and doing research to help humans respond in ways that are well-informed and effective. I am not an immunologist and I don’t know that I would make a very good one, but what I imagine we can do as musicians is to help share accurate information across communities, bring people together, and to process emotions.

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Stefan Goldmann on His Techno Takeover at the Orchestra

Delivered... ztippitt | Scene | Tue 11 Feb 2020 1:17 pm

Electro-acoustic doesn’t limit your imagination the way ‘ambient’ or ‘experimental’ do,” states Stefan Goldmann. Working in between the dancefloor and high art institutions, the techno renaissance man toes the line between revering club music’s history and fearlessly pushing its forms into the future. Goldmann is equally comfortable DJing and releasing his own...

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THE LEEDS FESTIVAL LINEUP IS OUT FEB 11

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Tue 11 Feb 2020 1:00 pm
Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and Rage Against The Machine headline! Migos, Gerry Cinnamon, Courteeners, Two Door Cinema Club, D-Block Europe and Run The Jewels also top the lineup.Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and Rage Against The Machine headline! Migos, Gerry Cinnamon, Courteeners, Two Door Cinema Club, D-Block Europe and Run The Jewels also top the lineup. Tickets this week.

THE READING FESTIVAL LINEUP IS OUT FEB 11

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Tue 11 Feb 2020 1:00 pm
Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and Rage Against The Machine headline! Migos, Gerry Cinnamon, Courteeners, Two Door Cinema Club, D-Block Europe and Run The Jewels also top the lineup. Tickets this week.

THE BEYOND WONDERLAND 2020 LINEUP BY DAY IS OUT!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Tue 11 Feb 2020 12:30 am
Friday has Dillon Francis, Adventure Club, Tiesto, and more! Saturday has Alison Wonderland, Diplo, Ferry Corsten, Mija, R3hab and more!
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