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.
OneBeat 2016: Pray
This trio came together during our residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts to create this powerful song. Filmed in the 9th ward neighborhood of New Orleans, MC Ricardo Nigaglioni (Luss), Kamerum el Akademico, and harpist Jennifer Ellis join a group of residents, young and old, to share a moment of music and reflection. Filmed by Jacob Blumberg. Audio by Kyla-Rose Smith. Assisted by Carter McCall and Alexia Webster. Special thanks to Corey Morgan, Jr., Corey Morgan, Sr., Robert Martin, Sr. Terry Bertrand.
OneBeat 2014 Mixtape has Dropped!
Come one come all and listen to the OneBeat 2014 Mixtape, a compilation of our favorite tracks produce at last year’s OneBeat. You’ll hear a beautiful Javanese/Appalachian Butterfly ballad, a rippin’ Russian accordion odyssey, a haunting South Africa Xhosa pastorale, a Mitya Burmistov (aka Masta Mic) electro-artpop remix of a live recording of Zimbabwean songstress Hope Masike, Askat Jetigan’s traditional Kyrgyz mountain tune meets the vocal stylings of Egypt’s Shereen Abdo, and Sandunes-mixed neo-soul house track featuring poet/MC Dhalak, and — need I say more? Stop whatever you’re doing and listen to this: Butterfly Song Anna Roberts-Gevalt (USA), Peni Candra Rini (Indonesia), Kyla-Rose Smith (South Africa), Neil Chua (Malaysia), Sara Lucas (USA) This fluttery song combines the musical imagination of Anna Roberts-Gevalt, a Baltimore-based old-time fiddler/guitarist/vocalist/shadow-puppeteer, and Javanese superstar songstress/composer Peni Chandrarini, as they weave a timeless song of love lost. Produced & Engineered by Sanaya Ardeshir Railyards X MITYA (Remix) Hope Masike (Zimbabwe), Blessing Chamanga (Zimbabwe), Haydée López Peña (Cuba) Remixed by OneBeat 2013 […]