OneBeat Virtual Gallery
September – November, 2021
Over the course of two months, OneBeat Virtual brought together 35 Fellows from around the globe to a shared online space where they experimented with new forms of virtual collaboration, wrote and produced new works, and created a series of streamed performances for the public.
This year’s OneBeat questions how we understand and create new modes of grieving, care and healing. Fellows collaborated within a series of virtual Labs, led by our OneBeat staff and collaborators, where they collectively explored a series of questions. This space shares the creative output from the 1B Virtual 2 Mixtape, our 7 collaborative Labs led by staff artists, Fellows’ photo and art works, and our online game Telephenisis. Scores for Uncertain Times #2 artistic directed by Kyla Rose Smith.
A collection of music made by the OneBeat Virtual Fellows. Recorded during the OneBeat Virtual #2 Fellowship
Mixed + Mastered by Christopher Botta
- The Back of the Mind – Aya Metwalli (voice, electronics) ft. Juan Sebastian Aguilar (Pure Data patch), Siyi Chen (guzheng)
- Unload – bella (street lights transduced, heart beat, wind synth sound), Gardika Gigih (piano, synth, plastic whistle, nature soundscape)
- Extracene – Ben Zucker (production, horn samples)
- Building Radio – Shivangini Yeashu Yuvraj, Ben Zucker, Virginia Moreno, bella, Connie Fu
- Sinew to Pith – Daniel Schreiner (piano), Connie Fu (modular synthesizer, production)
- Duerme Negrito – Sean Sanby (bass), Emmanuel Nkomo (percussion), Alvaro Quisbert (charango)
- First Moon – Lindsey Abudei (vocals)
- Juan + Sodirkhon – Juan Sebastián Aguilar (Pure Data patch), Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev (dutar, tanbur)
- Cosmogenesis – KHNYSA (nyatiti, vocals), treya lam (guitar, viola, auspicious bells, frame drum, vocal harmonies, whistles)
- liduduma lidlule – KHNYSA (mibra)
- MIRROR – Reflections from Latour’s Paper – Gardika Gigih (piano, distorted melodeon, synthesizer, rain + can soundscape)
- Portrait 3 – Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev (tanbur, doyra), Caio de Souza (viola caipira), Sean Sanby (bass)
- Portrait 6 – Raldie Young (synths), Caio de Souza (viola caipira), Carla Derpic (quena) and Sanaya Ardeshir (synths)
- Madla Musings – treya lam (viola), Davina Satori (vocals and lyrics), Sean Monaghan (production), Ryke, Pulpy Shilpy (production)
- Shoodoorey – Vishnu R (navtar, kanjira) ft. Sara Gonzàlez Salamanca (vocals) and Inés Terra (vocals)
- Soul Key – Siyi Chen (guzheng), ZAH (synthesizer)
- Sultana – Ganther (beatmaker, songwriter) and Irfana Hameed (vocals, lyrics)
- Time – Raldie Young (vocals, production), Cainã Bomilcar (additional production), Daniel Schreiner (piano)
- shearwater – treya lam (piano, synths, additional percussion, vocals, lyrics), Pulpy Shilpy (synth bass), Sean Monaghan (drums), Davina Satori (guitar)
The Photobook is a collection of images created by the fellows during the Scores for Uncertain Times virtual residency. Given three prompts over the course of the residency by photographer Alexia Webster, the fellows were invited to show us a glimpse of the places in their worlds that they wish they could take us too; and a portrait of themselves in their night time dream worlds.
JOURNALING THE BACK OF THE MIND
1B Virtual Lab
This cohort of artists used the world of drawing and writing to explore worlds once forgotten in The Back of the Mind. Unlike imagemaking, our daily soundmaking practice exists one moment and disappears the next. What if we could return to every sound we created as a physical object, hear it again exactly as it was born, reflect on it, discuss it with others, and find collective meaning, compassion, and inspiration through it? Collaborating with percussionist, teaching artist and OneBeat alumna Amy Garapic, they used image making as navigation for their collaborative sound expedition, cataloging a daily practice of image-based prompts developed by comic-artist Lynda Berry including: daily image diaries, drawings, stories and comics. Together they came to notice what they noticed, and noticed more together, travelling into an unremembered past, deeper into their present, or farther into a place yet consciously known.
Lab designed and led by: Amy Garapic
WHERE TO LAND
1B Virtual Lab
Where to land after the pandemic? Last year, French philosopher Bruno Latour wrote an article looking at what he called ‘barrier gestures’ – masks, walls, dividers, no-fly zones – all the things that were suddenly put in place to keep other elements out. Latour proposed that we imagine these ‘barrier gestures’ not only against the virus, but also how they might guard against other activities that we do not want returning after the pandemic, and the new opportunities this presents us. He poses a collective examination through 6 questions that call for reflection on the gestures we can assume to improve the activities we support and guard from those we don’t. This OneBeat lab attempts to offer an answer to these questions and others by articulating music as a sound-oriented common language allowing for cross-cultural collaboration.
EXPERIMENTS IN SONGWRITING AND PRODUCTION
1B Virtual Lab
Music, in its most simple terms, is organized sound. Digital audio workstations (Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton, etc) have made the process of arranging and listening to a wide variety of sounds and forms easier than at any point in history. In this lab a group of producers explored processes of music production, charting their influences, and hierarchies of sonic sensibility – mixing, remixing, mashing, reconstituting and recomposing new sounds. The group created original works based on a technique of charting song elements and experimenting with inverting their roles – “what if every low sounds was fast and all high sounds were slow?”.
Lab designed and led by: Christopher Botta
RESONATION TO INFINITY AND BEYOND
1B Virtual Lab
Music has the power to heal wounds that you didn’t even know existed. In our current lived experiences, grief and loss are synonymous with our real and virtual experiences. Can sound help us regenerate and recreate ourselves in every realm of being? Can we heal through a deep dive of technological pathways that shed your current skin? This elective sought to create a safe space in which they used creative survival tools to rediscover and reinvent themselves and their creative possibilities. From crafting virtual alter egos using numerology and AI to club hopping through infinite digital spaces, together they collectively explored different realms of virtual expression/production to facilitate healing, togetherness, creativity, and musical performance without limits.
Lab designed and led by: Umlilo
OUR SONIC ENVIRONMENTS
1B Virtual Lab
Guided by Indian producer and OneBeat alumna Sanaya Ardeshir, these OneBeat artists explored means and methods of connecting with, and creating from, the sounds of our immediate environment. Soundmakers are acute listeners, practiced at discerning rhythms, timbres, pitches, and harmonies all at the same time. How can we use these skills to alchemize the sounds around us, and more intimately connect our music-making with the sounds around us. Over 6 weeks, these artists used music building and digital production as a means to connect to environment, while exploring creative strategies in audio manipulation, palette building, mindful listening, and the art of field recording. Travel through this space of where activated listening forms the bedrock for awareness, creation and collaboration.
Lab designed and led by Sanaya Ardeshir
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
1B Virtual Lab
How does a traditional song stand the test of time? How does this music connect us in our shared humanity? These are the questions posed by OneBeat alumna Domenica Fossati to this group of artists. Together they explored the ways in which humans are able to reframe, revise, re-tell, and re-create the songs of their ancestors in ways that make them fresh and relevant to new generations.
Lab created and led by: Domenica Fossati
1B Virtual Lab
Building Radio is a space to share ideas, stories and magnetic fields. This lab embraces radio culture as a source of inspiration and a tool to foster community building and environmental engagement. Together, OneBeat Fellows explored discourses that connect archives, audio, music, and deep listening practices through a collective radio project. Together, they created visible and invisible architectures that facilitate shared moments of listening and transmission. As a listener you can navigate this space and ‘build’ your own unique radio experience by scrolling and playing the audio and video files. Don’t be afraid to get lost or feel a little bit chaotic.
Lab designed and led by: Luisa Puterman
Visit https://buildingradio.hotglue.me/ to build your radio
Telephenesis is a space for musical collaboration inspired by the classic game ‘Telephone’. In a game of Telephenesis, a musical idea is passed through a group of artists. Each artist hears only the previous idea and creates a response. Anyone can start a new game.
Artists: IQ Kid, Shivangini Yeashu Yuvraj, Gardika Gigih, Inés Terra, KHNYSA, Lindsey Abudei, Sara Gonzalez Salamanca, Ganther, Caio de Souza, Virginia Moreno, Ben Zucker, Daniel Schreiner, Caina Bomilcar, Siyi Chen, Aya Metwalli
Telephenesis created by: Christopher Marianetti & Cameron Steele
A live virtual event of original work created in-residency. Artists presented solos, group pieces, and other experiments created in collaboration with OneBeat fellows. Live streamed November 2021 during OneBeat Virtual #2.