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14 May 2020

Introducing a new weekly playlist guided by the contents of the week's digital programme and its associated artists and music in its surrounding orbit. We’ll be compiling each shorter weekly selection into a rolling playlist for your longer listening needs.

Automatic Music Making (1983) – Andrew Hunt, Panos Ghikas, Nick Roth, Jennifer Walsher

This week’s playlist takes Jennifer Walshe’s Aisteach as its starting point. Aisteach is a fictional archive of Ireland’s musical avant-garde, which spans 187 years. For the project, Walshe engaged a huge team of collaborators and created compositions, recordings, scores, articles, and ephemera. See below for the expanded album sampler:

Violetta Mahon: The King, Potoand Deauville – Jennifer Walshe, Grupat

Since 2007 Jennifer Walshe has been working with Grúpat, an international arts collective made up of nine individuals who are in fact alter egos assumed by Walshe. As Grúpat, they create compositions, installations, graphic scores, films, photography, sculptures and fashion which have been presented all over the world. 

From The Wasistas of Thereswhere, Jennifer Walshe and Grúpat, May 2020 release.

Ave, 2011 – Mario de Vega

One of Jennifer Walshe’s collaborators, Mario de Vega works through site-specific interventions, actions, printed media, sculpture, and sound installation. Together they performed An Gléacht at Sonic Acts 2018. 

Godmother - Holly Herndon & Jlin (Feat. Spawn)

Holly Herndon and Jlin’s collaboration which was generated using 'Spawn', an artificial intelligence created by Herndon and Mat Dryhurst. According to Herndon, Godmother was generated by Spawn 'from her listening to the artworks of her godmother Jlin, and attempting to reimagine them in her mother’s voice.'

Passing of Time – Moor Mother, Juçara Marçal

From Analog Fluids Of Sonic Black Holes by Moor Mother, released 08 November 2019.

Athineos – Moose, Negros Tou Moria

Negros Tou Moria is a Greek rapper born to Ghanaian parents. He challenges the symbol of classic ‘Greekness’ as he embodies 21st century inner city Athens, speaking of and to its affronted youth with his own tenacious swagger. He is also a regular collaborator with Studios artist Evi Kalogiropoulou who is this week’s featured artist on Upgrade Yourself, a new digital strand of the Creative Careers & Skills programme at Somerset House.

Ferogoblin - Junior XL

This week’s PAUSE feature is My fingers distended as honey dripped from your lips and we danced in a circular motion, a film by Adham Faramawy. This hypnotic 360° video is part of Somerset House’s exhibition Mushrooms: The Art, Design & Future of Fungi with sound by Junior XL. 

In In In – Zebra Katz

Adham Faramawy’s 360° video envisages how choreography, especially the historic form of the duet, produces and reinforces rigid gender roles, while at the same time drawing on homophilic literary and cinematic traditions. 

This track is taken from Zebra Katz’ recent album, Less Is Moor, a body of work that also challenges heteronormative ideals. The film below combines two new singles from Zebra Katz.

The Ha Dub Rewerk'd – Mikeq

From MikeQ’s Let It All Out EP, 2011 release.