THE SOUND BAR @ Cloud Factory
The Sound Bar lights up the Cloud Factory at night with a series of extraordinary video, sound and performance art collaborations from Wu Jun Han, Yuen Chee Wai & Friends, NADA, Marla Bendini, IKAN IBLIS, SA Trio and Zentai Art Project. Curated by Noor Effendy Ibrahim.
Yuen Chee Wai & Bluefaced People
Yuen Chee Wai is a Singapore-based musician and artist working with sound, who has performed and presented extensively on both the local and international stage. Chee Wai is part of FEN (Far East Network), an experimental and improvisational music quartet that works predominantly with musicians and artists from all disciplines across Asia. Chee Wai was appointed Curator of the Asian Meeting Festival in 2014 – an annual experimental music festival helmed by Otomo Yoshihide in Japan. He is also an active part of avant / experimental rock band The Observatory (Singapore), playing guitar, synth and electronics.
An electric guitar and bass duo, Bluefaced People’s music is strongly influenced by the no wave and punk movement, and musicians such as the likes of Arto Lindsay, Glenn Branca, Otomo Yoshihide and Junko. Making no use of sophisticated machines and flashing lights, Bluefaced People seeks the imperfect, the broken and the barbaric through rotten riffs and broken guitars - the music only arises when the notions of beauty and harmony are set aside.
NADA is a visual arts/sound project that explores the myth and synthetic history of a fabricated group of the same name focusing on the excavation of the golden era of Malay/Southeast Asian traditional and popular music that spanned from the 1960s to the 1980s. A concept developed by Rizman Putra and Safuan Johari, the duo blurs the line between fiction and reality by deconstructing popular Malay songs from the past and melding them back together like a newly-discovered treasure of long lost tapes that has aged with time. The project made its debut as “A Nada Story”, a mixed media installation and performance piece at Budi Daya Exhibition organized by the Malay Heritage Centre and held in conjunction with Malay Culturefest 2014. In March 2015, NADA made a trip to Paris for a special exhibition held at Palais de Tokyo where they did an artist visitation stint to rerecord selected songs in French. After Paris the duo are set to hit the stages of Beijing, London & New York. In London they did a special in-store showcase at renowned record shop, Rough Trade (East). In between their travels NADA is also busy working on a theatre production to be premiered in Singapore in early 2016, in which they will be both directing and performing.
Marla Bendini and The Busybodies
A message from Marla: “Let’s understand The Busybodies. It is so easy to misunderstand the word ‘busybodies’. Stand up. Let’s put on a show! Let’s do something! Let’s think! Let’s do something great! Let’s accomplish something. Everything! Let’s forget the pain. Let’s stop doing what is not worth doing. Let’s overdo! Let’s do it gracefully! Let’s work it out! Let’s work it! Let’s show flavour! Let’s sweep! Let’s shovel! Let’s shuffle and dance! Let’s study! You must study. You must! Let’s live in love. Let’s live. Let’s get busy! Let’s ransack the wardrobe! Let’s change! Let’s battle Superman and see who’s faster! Don’t wear your underwear on the outside. Let’s run outside! Let’s get busy doing so many things in our heads. Let’s head out! Let’s bring out all our toys. Let’s talk to the toys! Let the toys talk. Let the boys walk. Let’s dance! Let’s mind us but forget us. That’s what it means to be a busybody.”
Consisting of post-juvenile delinquent Shaiful Risan, visual and performance artist ila and artist/musician bani haykal, IKAN IBLIS is a 3-piece, no holds barred, sound group that traverses the border between creative destruction and chronic migraine. By and large experimental (subtext unstable but charming), the group is a blend of theatre, poetry, noise and minimalism, like anchovies fresh out of hell.
Zentai Art Project
The group produces innovative and imaginative zentai noise massive that consists noise, song, dance and video art. The collective artists challenge the boundaries of me and you by questioning the individuality and the identities though the vibrations of the noise and zentai art. The band focuses on the physics of the noise wave and its impact to the body, the sound is not only to listen but meant to receive though all the 5 senses. UFO concert questions ‘if we are only one in the Universe’. Thoughout the 3 sections, the music will talk about the current earth changes such as dynamic temperature change, climate change, disasters, extremes in economy and political conflicts. Everything appears to be speeding up. After these great changes, the future will have the technology to communicate with the outside earth and realise we are not alone. The music starts with the collection of the voices, drones going into stronger electronic waves, ending with the voice of handmade circuit bended plastic bra with dancers.
Music may be time and culture specific but sound knows no limits. The trio of SA(仨) create their own soundscapes, exploring all possibilities not bound by time or culture. For SA(仨), their exploration of sound begins with each instrument and every original composition is a bold experiment that combines traditional elements with modern techniques, such as live looping. Spontaneous at every turn, each performance is a risk that the band takes as they delve into the question of identity. Founded in 2010, (仨), meaning “three” in northern Chinese dialect, is a tribute to their Chinese roots. Professionally trained in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, Andy C plays the dizi (flute), Natalie Alexandra plays the guzheng (zither) and Cheryl Ong plays drums and percussion.
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Images: NADA, Zentai Art Project