RESIDENT ADVISOR have just launched their ‘Frequency Response’ series in association with AIAIAI headphones; a 3-part series in which a select group of producers are asked to create a piece of music based on a shared, unique experience. The experience and ultimately the music will be led by elements of history, art and video with Project One focusing on history and featuring three Berlin based artists – Modeselektor, Laurel Halo and Lotic.
The idea is simply this – each of the artists are exposed to a stimulus and then use this experience to shape their music. In this instance Project One is based on Berlin’s Teufelsberg (translation: ‘Devils Mountain’), the highest point of elevation in the city built out of World War II rubble and hiding an unfinished Nazi military college. The remains of the site house dilapidated buildings and radar domes from the Cold War era, providing a strong contrast to the surrounding views of natural beauty. Each of the artists paid a visit to the site to take in the environment and translate their feelings and experience into music.
As you might expect, the results are unique – Modeselektor have created an eerie, minimalist piece with industrial undertones; Laurel Halo’s is a percussive number with punchy bass and drifting samples; Lotic’s piece starts fragmented and broken but comes together with a tense build at the end.
We think it’s a very interesting concept and it’s intriguing to see some a common minimalist and industrial feel to each of the pieces – something you may have expected having taken a look at pictures of the site. For more details, including a piece on each of the artists’ reactions and some stunning pictures of the Teufelsberg site, check out the Resident Advisor Frequency Response page.
We’re intrigued to see where RA go with the next two projects…