“Dub Echoes” is a documentary that traces the origins of the Jamaican dub music and it’s influence on the development of hip hop and electronic music. The film shows how the Jamaican invention called dub ended up influencing much of the music we hear today, from electronic music to hip-hop, transforming the studio in a musical instrument and giving way to all of sonic experiments.
“Dub Echoes” was produced by a Brazilian crew, in Kingston (Jamaica), London (UK), NY, Washington, LA (US), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil).
Key names, from both reggae and the electronic music world, talk about the birth of this genre, how it helped to change the way we perceive music and how it’s presence can still be felt today.
ST: You ever think about things they say go on forever?
ST: Things they say go on forever - like… what’s that mean, you know? The sky, like, they say the sky goes on forever. But what is that really? That’s - I mean, you can’t see nothing you can’t see, so… it’s like a big bowl of blue above you. You can see clouds during the day or you can see stars at night maybe, but even with a telescope you can’t see forever. So how do they know?
LU: Know what?
ST: What it is. Eternity - how do they know?
Interview with Valentino before his gig in Sirup on 10.9.2011. Love to Sirup group!
SERGEJ: Tonight here with us is our friend Valentino Kanzyani..
VALENTINO: Good evening everyone!
SERGEJ: You are living in Ibiza now. Once you’ve told me that Ibiza inspired you and affected your career. Can you tell me something about that?
VALENTINO: I went to Ibiza initially to see and learn something new which actually happened. There I met some new people which influenced me with their music and I changed completely the way I mix and music style that I play and I switched back to vinyl. All of those were positive things for me. I recommend Ibiza to everyone that wants to see something new. In some way it is commercial but there you can meet people that can open your mind. And that happened to me.
SERGEJ: Part that impressed me the most about Ibiza is that there are no poison animals. Its the magic of that island.
VALENTINO: What I saw in Ibiza is that children over there have a good time. Every time some of our friends come to visit with their kids, kids are really happy. And that means a lot I think.
SERGEJ: Yes, that’s a good point. You can’t fool the kids.
SERGEJ: Can you tell me who impressed you the most in the whole story?
VALENTINO: In the whole story, the people that impressed me were Ricardo Villalobos and whole group of a:rpia:r and their music. With the time by I met more people that were somehow connected with them from Chile, Romania, Germany, Uruguay etc. and our whole crowd was slowly getting bigger and bigger. I am really glad now that I can travel around the world, play with some of them and that we meet in different places and that this story goes further and its not finished with the party. So we can go a little on the after hour, talk about stuff, listen to some new music. It’s not only party, finish playing, go home and goodbye.
SERGEJ: You have your night IN Ibiza in club Underground. Can you tell us something more about that?
VALENTINO: We started this year our party called Next wave. At the beginning we had some problems; the club we were initially working with closed but we were lucky to continue in Underground that is very dear to me. We had Rhadoo from a:rpiar:, Livio & Roby, Cassy was supposed to be but will be later, Vera and Dorian Paic etc. Now we have 2 more upcoming parties, next one is with Raresh and Dan Andrei and closing is with Ricardo Villalobos and Rhadoo.
SERGEJ: When we were on your birthday in Slovenia, which was fantastic, never ending story like when we were teens, I had the privilege to dance on after party with your mother.
VALENTINO: I have that privilege a little bit more than you so you should come more often. My mum always comes when she has a chance. Now she is in Ibiza and I go tomorrow back to see her. I know she has been to some after hours already and my friends have told me that my mum is thinking smart because she has told them that she is not going to the party but home to sleep, wake up and go only to the after hour. She likes and it is during the day and by now she also knows some nice people too.
SERGEJ: When people who work from 9 to 5 they go to afterwork parties and dance with the tie around their head, they are examplary business people. Unfortunate, or lucky for us, we work the 3rd shift from 10pm to 6am and we also have our after work party.
VALENTINO: I go to the after hours because of the music. You can hear the most special music there because all of the DJs then are pulling out some new tracks, new productions that you haven’t heard before. You listen to music that you can not hear in the sets on the main time event during the night. That for me is the whole point of the after hours. Music first and to talk and relax with your friends.
SERGEJ: One more thing before we end. We want to share the message with younger generations, because without them, our work doesn’t make any sense. I was surprised when i saw few days ago, that some of your tracks on YouTube have more than 200.000 views.
VALENTINO: Ha! I didn’t know that too.
SERGEJ: As a guy with an experience and more than 200.000 views on YouTube, do you have any message to those 18 year old kids who are starting with production an DJ-ing?
VALENTINO: Well, if you want to play or make music my advice is not to take short cuts. Hard work is the only way to get somewhere and its better to learn things on the hard way. Don’t go straight to the computer and mix only from the computer and ask to DJ in your local club, that way wont bring you to travel the globe. The whole thing is much more complicated than that and there is so many things to learn. Don’t jump for the first ball so you can play it with straight away.
SERGEJ: Thank you very much! Now let’s go to the club and kick it!
VALENTINO: Thank you!
We all respond to music – whether clicking our fingers, humming along or dancing – there’s something out there for everyone. In this series Goodall looks at melody, rhythm, harmony and bass to establish how music is made and how it comes to reflect different cultures.
Setting out on a journey that spans the globe and moves through the centuries, Goodall uncovers the elements that are shared by all styles of music. Following a trail of diverse musical talents from Mahler to David Bowie; the blues to Bulgarian folk songs; medieval choral music to disco; he reveals the tried and tested tricks of the composer’s trade.
Melody – In this film composer Howard Goodall looks at melody’s basic elements. Why are some melodic shapes common to all cultures across the world? Can successful melodies be written at random? If not, what are the familiar melodic patterns composers of all types of music have fallen back on again and again, and why do they work?
Rhythm – From the moment our hearts start beating, rhythm is integral to us all. From walking to dancing, from clicking our fingers to tapping our toes, we are all programmed to respond to rhythm. In this film Howard looks at the common rhythmic patterns that have been used by musicians from all cultures, from Brahms to rappers, from the founders of Cuban son to Philip Glass, from Stevie Wonder to Fats Waller.
Harmony – In the late middle ages western harmony started on a journey that would take it in a completely separate direction to that of the music of other parts of the world. It discovered chords, and, over the next seven centuries, began to unlock their harmonic possibilities. In this film Howard looks at how western harmony works, and how, in the present day, it has fused with other forms of music to create new styles.
Bass – For half a millennium instrument makers have been trying to construct instruments of all shapes and sizes capable of thudding, sonorous low notes. Only with the arrival of the synthesizer did they succeed in producing a rival to the mighty organ. With disco, dance, and drum ‘n’ bass, the bass has arrived centre stage.
All parts can be find on YouTube! Enjoy!
Scratch is a documentary by Doug Pray that explores world of hip hop and it’s culture split in 8 parts - Elements, Rockit, Turntablism, Battling, Djs with MCs, Digging, Making beats and Full circle. Featuring the likes of Afrika Baambata, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grand Master Flash, DJ Qbert, DJ Flare, Steve Dee, DJ Premier, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow and many more. It’s a story of unknown underdogs and serious virtuosos who have radically changed the way we hear, play and create music. Tip!
In no particular order:
SUMMER GATHERING 2010
Documentary movie - “KYMATICA”
Life - there is nothing like a family reunion in Paris!
This summers thursdays at Ibiza Underground! http://www.ibizaunderground.com/
Our dogs that brought so much joy into our lives!
SCULPTURES SERIE ON JLY
MASOMENOS figure of 2010 - Kangaroo Paes www.welcometomasomenos.com
Reunion in Vienna - some serious fun!
Sunwaves in Romania remains my personal favorite festival!
Picnics at our place and all the beautiful people we had a chance to meet this year!
Ricardo Villalobos version of Peculiar
Party Animals with Ricrado Villalobos , Zip and C-Rock in Amnesia!
Energy week Ibiza http://www.energyweekibiza.com
Cigarra Under closing party at Privilege with surprise guest Luciano!
Valentino Kanzyani @ Fragola night, Tenax, Florence
Anonymous said: mz sunday luv
Question or a statement?! :)
In no particular order:
For all the sunny, warm days this year.
Allison Mclaughlin graphics - everytime I saw them I thought they would make nice cover art.
I watched couple of really great skateboarding videos this year but this one is by far my favorite one. www.skateistan.org
Digable Planets - Where I’m from (remix)
Absolute genious by Blu and David Ellis!
Mathias Shweizer posters for Antidote http://weizer.ch/
Waiting for Autumn by Scott Blum
Allison Diaz mirror photo
Music video for “Half full glass of wine” by Tame Impala
Melchior & Pronsato - Smallville 020
Honest Jons music label : http://honestjons.com/
Austin Mcmanus photographs.
Tessel - kinetic installation by David Letellier
Photography by Margaret Durrow - love her! http://margaretdurow.com/
Jus-Ed’s Underground Quality radio show on wednesdays. One of the soundcloud links:
Charming, charming men.
Steve Reich South Bank Show documentary
Sweetness of the hang drum sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or6NBJA9g8U
HOME documentary that struck me by the beauty of our planet which we seem to forget. Full video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU
This documentary is one of the heaviest I’ve ever seen. Again, it showed me evil that we are capable of and how more fortunate are turning their back and closing their eyes for the people in terrible need. It happens still today and honestly, damn us all for letting this happen to anybody.
Brave Chilean miners rescue and all the moments and gatherings spent with loved ones this year.
Nadja’s message: "Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great."
In no particular order:
"Last minutes with Oden" and "Seatbelt commercial" - two videos that remind me how important family is and how hard it is when you lose someone you love.
Gustavo Santaolalla - music writer & composer
The Gentleman Loosers - Dustland (album)
Analog machines for music production!
Keisha Crowther - Little Grandmother - The Tribe Of Many Colors http://www.tribeofmanycolors.net/
Ark & Dolibox - Deep at all featuring - Perlon
Arpiar music and Sunwaves 7 experience in Romania - WOW!
Ben Frost - Kill Shot
Conclave Obscurum - some russian web design and art! Explore the web page, check pictures and animations. http://www.conclave.ru/
Martin Beume - Flowing Ribbon
The “Colours” season with Aneuria!
Gigs and gatherings:
Altavoz - Venice, Italy - February 2010:
Summer Gathering - July 2010 with Valentino, ARPIAR, Masomenos, Praslea
Vienna gathering - November 2010
Message from IAN F. : "Be love!"
sibovje-deactivated20121204 said: Šibovje wonders what are labels plans?
We still have 2 releases to come out in our Sculptures series. Now we are preparing our fourth one by our new group of artists which will be out in early 2011.
In no particular order:
WORDS video made by Everynone; directed by Will Hoffman & Daniel Mercadante
2010 re-release of Tibet: A Buddhist trilogy by Graham Coleman (http://www.tibet-trilogy.com/)
Airhead - Paper Street from Paper street EP on Brainmath
Posters by Kazumasa Nagai (http://pinktentacle.com/2010/11/posters-by-kazumasa-nagai/)
Antoine + Manuel at Graphic design museum in Breda, Holland (http://www.antoineetmanuel.com/graphicdesignmuseum.htm)
The Little Island (1958) by Richard Williams http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0194113/
Maurice Ravel - Bolero
JOY DIVISION’s “Athomsphere”
Enumclaw: Opening Of The Dawn www.honeymoonmusic.com
Rick Strassman’s books : “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” and “Inner paths to outer space” http://www.rickstrassman.com/
Genius of Moondog! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondog
The genius that is Steve Reich! http://www.stevereich.com/
The Unimaginable Journey II by Commander Cignus
The journey of the body, mind, and soul continues in part II of Commander Cignus’s epic journey through the black void. On the other side, he spiritually awakens to the realization that the journey continues endlessly through time, space, and mind. There is no beginning, no ending—only a cosmic cycle we all journey through until we acheive soul liberation. Under the influence of Ba Benzele by Jon Hassel and Brian Eno, we follow Commander Cignus through the next stage of his self-realization.
STL - Dub Techno Explorations
E’s message: “The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away.”
tumblrbot said: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INANIMATE OBJECT?
What we’ve been wondering around here is; are objects really inanimate?
For me it’s really hard to write stuff that I am about to write cause seems impossible to write it without any subjectivity involved. And trust me no matter how difficult it seems to paint the picture and present it to you the right way, I don’t want it any easier. The more you know the person the more you understand music he or she plays or makes. Cause there is always a back story. Any form of artistic expression will copy/paste everything that artists keeps deep inside himself. Virtues, traits, ego or no ego, light & dark, strength and weakness. And I stick to that opinion which I doubt will ever change.
To come back to my first indication, actually hell with it, music is always subjective anyway.
I’ve read somewhere around the social network a statement that a DJ is not truly an artist. When I read it I had to byte my tongue and let it go. In democratic countries that falls under 1st amendment and freedom of speech, I am using my right to do the same.
Simply by observing people around me that chose DJ-ing as their profession I can say how much energy, love and devotion is put into it. DJ’s are synonims for music collectors who spend, not little to say, years in their life searching for music and not less practicing to blend them together on turntables as smoothly as they can. Now, that is basic thing. Hard part of it comes to make a story in their sets with music they spent years searching. Delivering intro, plot action, finding the bridges and outro. See, for me, the most magical and curious moments in DJ sets are when 2 tracks are put together. It results in creating a sub-track every time that happens, blending, remaking and editing spot on. So by that theory if a DJ plays 30 tracks, its not actually just 30 tracks, multiply it by 1.5, its simple math.
It is a craft that requires commitment, preparation, practice, tenacity, taste, construction and above all love for what you do. So yes, I would call a devoted DJ of any style of music an artist of its own kind whether he chose or not production as the next step of self-evolvement.
To find a bridge in my story, Valentino is in my opinion artisan of his craft possessing everything I stated above. In the attached set put together on 13/11/2010 in TENAX, Florence he told the story to the dancefloor. Mixed with great technique he started with his soft side blending it together with powerful one, staying always faithful to his groove and sensibility in chosen tracks. After 20 years mixing, he does it with such a natural ease and a smile that shows that he still loves and enjoys what he does.
From us its always one love!