Before OneBeat came into being, Found Sound Nation led projects and collaborated with artists young and old, all over the world. In 2011, we were invited to the Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland and asked to design a project that would better connect the festival to the Lucerne community. The result was our very first Street Studio, which follows a simple premise: Transport the basic elements of a music studio to a public place, and make the studio open and accessible to everyone in the local community, musicians and non-musicians alike. With a simple setup – a laptop, a couple of mics, midi controllers, and speakers – we invited passers-by and festival musicians to join in a music creation session that is completely improvised. The result was refreshing — playful, varied, singular tracks that incorporated the sounds & voices of an extremely diverse Lucerne community, and a newfound connection to this lovely Swiss city. We realized that the Street Studio had an extraordinary ability to capture the particular energy of a time and place, tapping into the “collective unconscious” that surrounds the Street Studio. Since that time, we’ve led street studios in dozens of contexts on 5 continents. Check out our original Street Studio project in Lucerne, Switzerland here.
Fellow-to-Fellow: Dahlak Brathwaite x Kyla Rose Smith
Dahlak Brathwaite (OneBeat 2014) is a hip hop artist using his abilities as a musician, actor, poet and educator within the transformational space of the theater. Kyla-Rose Smith (OneBeat 2014) is a Brooklyn/Cape Town-based violinist and organizer and a long-time member of legendary South African band Freshly Ground. Fellow-to-Fellow is an ongoing interview series featuring in-depth discussions between OneBeat alumni. *This interview was transcribed from audio. . Kyla-Rose Smith: Hi Dahlak! Dahlak Brathwaite: Are we on? KRS: We’re on! So why do you think it is important for people from different cultures to share an experience through music? DB: I think music gives us the opportunity to communicate sonically without it having to be quite understood. It leaves the potential for interpretation — in the way we are communicating, the gap between interpretation and expression is a little bit smaller. The potential of this process without the limitations of common language I think can be even […]