Musiche Visibili (Dreamscapes)
July issue with John Robert and Lost Souls of Saturn
Genuine Risk illustrates the unique graphic notation technique of John Roberts, who works simultaneously with a visual language, consisting of personal historical elements meant to evoke psychological responses in the viewer.
Ambient Painting . . . The New York Stock Exchange . . . AI-Generated Horse Portraiture . . . Chromatically-Tuned Porcelain . . . Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets . . . Aspect Ratios . . . Caloric-Intake From The Licking Of Postage Stamps
John Roberts (b. 1984) is an artist and music producer based in Los Angeles. He has released several albums and EPs through Dial Records and his own Brunette Editions imprint, established in 2015 as an outlet for his multi-disciplinary work. He has contributed original compositions and sound design to Prada, Hermès, Moncler and Bugatti and is Co-Founder and Editor-At-Large of The Travel Almanac, a print publication which examines temporary habitation from the perspective of artists, filmmakers and musicians.
Lost Souls Of Saturn
2019 (revised 2020), 47’27”
Transmission is a collaboration between the duo and video artist Aaron Kulik. It serves as a contemporary example of electronic music’s ongoing, boundary pushing dialogue with the visual arts and serves as a visual accompaniment to LSOS’s eponymous debut album. Epic in scope, time and space, ‘Lost Souls Of Saturn’ on R&S Records is a sonic mind trip that combines aural flavors gathered from across the galaxy, stewing them up into a delicious primordial soup. Old sci-fi soundtracks, acid, free jazz, avant garde, musique concrete, world music and more all whirl around an underground-dance-music axis and repurposes them within a multi-dimensional universe of the artists’ own creation.
Lost Souls Of Saturn is a duo made of Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa, along with other participants. They congregate to combine music, new technologies and storytelling into an inextricably linked whole, within an immersive and engaging audiovisual performance environment. LSOS explore new ways to open doors of perception and challenge the ways we see our world, whilst marrying the prescient visions, political aspirations and psychedelic energy of science fiction and early rave culture, with postmodern philosophy and contemporary art.
Musiche Visibili (Dreamscapes)
The inability to remain still is one of the fundamental characteristics of sound. By its very nature, the sound structure experiences a constant movement in which dynamic and elastic forms and accents aggregate. Music goes far beyond itself and its most obvious recognizability, displacing all possible definitions of genre and structure. “Musiche Visibili” – visible music – takes its title from a 1977 work by Walter Marchetti, an Italian artist and composer known for his work related to the intersection of visual art, performance and Avant Gard music. And the aim of this project, conceived for the 5th floor of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, is to create a series of presentations, alternating video and sound with pure musical contributions. This intersection of moments aims to reconfigure two fundamental aspects of the work of the invited artists: performativity as a visual guideline and the possible redefinition of an aesthetic for music. “When I listen to what we commonly call music, I have the feeling that someone is talking to me, talking to me about their feelings, their ideas, their relationships…”.
Cage’s vision, represented by this thought of his, takes the form that “Visible Music” was seeking: the articulation of the concept of sensitive and visible music in its pure state; sound that enhances its contradictory action by playing with the unconscious, with its demons, its visions. Good listening, good vision. — Gigiotto Del Vecchio