SUBCULTURE

By brockolio

SUBCULTURE: VISIONS OF SOUND 
Art Exhibition 
Works by: Ashes57, Georgina Cook, Tunnidge, Shaun Bloodworth, Zeke Clough, & Old Apparatus 




September 22-29th
The Morgan 25 Bogart St, Brooklyn NY, 11206

Behind the scenes of the ever-burgeoning underground bass music scene in the UK, there exists a symbiotic relationship between the sub-driven music and the visual art that parallels it.  Through record sleeves, label artwork, party photography, press photos, and flyer design, artists have created an ocular compliment that aids in promoting the music on a Worldwide stage and bridges the gap for those unable to experience this scene first hand.

After widely successful solo exhibitions in London and Sheffield, UK from Georgina Cook, Ashes57, Tunnidge, and Shaun Bloodworth in the past year, "SubCulture" marks the first time these artists have showcased their works together outside of Europe.  In collaboration with Reconstrvct and Lifted Lab, an opening reception entitled Preconstrvct will be held from 8-10pm on Saturday, September 24th at the Morgan to celebrate the art that is so deeply embedded in the bass music culture.  The reception will lead into the Reconstrvct party running from 10pm-4am featuring DJ sets from Tunnidge, Bunzer0, and Joe Nice.

To commemorate the end of the weeklong run, On the Sly & Bassfaced will host a closing party on September 29th at the Gallery @ Le Poisson Rouge featuring Ital Tek, Dave Q, Braille, & knomad.



PRECONSTRVCT
an opening reception for Subculture: Visions of Sound featuring foundational dub music. 


Date: Saturday September 24, 2011 8:00 PM-10:00PM
Location: The Morgan - 25 Bogart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Music:  dub selections by Neil Nice 
Photographer: Bailey Carr
Tickets: 15$ includes entry to Reconstrvct


RECONSTRVCT 
Brooklyn's new bi-monthly event aimed at bringing the deeper sounds of dubstep back to NYC. 


Date: Saturday September 24, 2011 10PM-4AM
Location: The Morgan - 25 Bogart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Music: Tunnidge, Bunzer0 & Mr Jo, Joe Nice, C Dubs, Truenature


ON THE SLY
the official afterparty for the SubCulture: Visions of Sound closing


Date: Thursday September 29, 2011 10PM-4AM
Location: The Gallery @ Le Poisson Rouge - 158 Bleecker St, Manhattan
Music: Ital Tek, Dave Q, Braille, knomad
Tickets: FREE / NO COVER


ARTIST BIOS ______________________________________________________________________________

Ashes57 is a graphic artist who has lived and worked in the U.K., Canada and the United States. Her artistic career began in earnest in 2003 when she moved from London to Montreal. Surrounded by the city’s large musical and artistic community, she was able to focus exclusively on creative projects and developed her unique line drawing style and vector graphics. Ashes spent the summer of 2005 working with Shepard Fairey in his Los Angeles design studio, where the richly creative atmosphere proved an enormous source of inspiration. She worked on a number of Obey exhibitions and street art projects in the following years and her photography documenting these experiences has been included in publications such as Arkitip and Supply and Demand - The Art of Shephard Fairey and has also been displayed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Later in 2005, Ashes moved to New York to work as the Art Director of COOL’EH Magazine, a role which combines her passions for illustration, graphic design and typography.

As dubstep first made it’s way to NYC, she soon became an important part of this exciting new musical scene through the flyers and posters she produced for the legendary Dub War parties. When Ashes returned to London in 2008, she joined forces with some of the most influential and prominent producers and labels in the scene and her illustrations and designs have since graced labels including Deep Medi, Swamp 81 and DMZ. This helped to bring her art to the attention of the Wu-Tang Clan who invited Ashes to illustrate the cover of their 2009 album Enter the Dubstep. In the past year, she has worked on the "Future Me" TV series for MTV and designed board graphics for Palmer Snowboards, whilst helping to run Cool’eh magazine and keeping up the prolific output of her own artwork. Towards the end of 2009, she co--founded LAVA Collective, using her wealth of contacts from the worlds of visual art and music to program and curate multimedia events in London. 

Website: ashes57.com

Georgina Cook is known primarily for her music photography but also for her use of gritty urban street elements as the subtext to what she documents. Initially an ode to her native South London and the dark rooms and cavernous bass lines that extend from it to the rest of the world, Georgina promotes and nurtures the music and expression of her contemporaries via her influential blog drumzofthesouth.com and associated events. Her work is published and exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in the artwork of such releases as Burial's Untrue and Souljazz's Steppa's Delight. Georgina is currently based in Paris where she continues to document the people and environment around her.

Website: drumzofthesouth.com

The artist for Skull Disco and Woe to the Septic Heart, Zeke Clough has also produced artwork for other labels including Warp Records, Mordant Music and Honest Jon's. Earlier this year he toured Japan, where he did live drawing for Dommune TV channel, collaborated with the designer Ryujiro Tamaki and the Impossible Project on a clothing collection, multimedia events and product design. He regularly designs logos and has toured throughout Europe with his artwork and music. In August of 2011, he was one of 10 guest artists selected for the Resident Advisor X 10 year anniversary celebrations and he produced the New York City limited edition poster. He has plans to work with Jamie Russell on the Sneaker Social Club Label and Chicago based band, 'Winter’s in Osaka' later in the year.

Website: zekeclough.com

Tunnidge needs little introduction: one of the few producers to have two releases on the seminal Deep Medi imprint, the first to be signed to Chestplate Records following Distance's expansion of the label and co-owner of Origin Audio alongside Cyrus. With regular appearances on "Get Darker" as well a full and busy bookings schedule - which will take him to the States this Autumn - Tunnidge is somewhat of a looming figure on the Dubstep scene. Able to build both powerful, tear-out tunes popular in the club environment as well as darker, more contemplative production, his beats often tread the surprisingly fine line between Jump-up and deep relaying a real sense of momentum to any listener. As well as through his production and as a touring DJ, he made his first impression on the scene with his distinctive and iconic portraits for Mala's Deep Medi label.

Website: tunnidge.com

Shaun Bloodworth started his journey into electronic music when he bought Computer World by Kraftwerk on a school trip to Germany in 1981. After a long career as an editorial Photographer in the 90s, a returned favor for design company GiveUpArt led him to the legendary London club FWD>> where from 2005 he began to document the burgeoning UK bass scene. Since then he has collaborated with GUA on nearly all of Tempa's releases, traveled to LA to document Low End Theory's DJs and Producers and released the compilation NSEW with Bleep. Currently Bloodworth is working on new sets of portraits in the UK, touring an exhibition and making short music videos for two well known artists.

Website: shaunbloodworth.com

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Dub Invasion Festival 2011

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The Dub Invasion Festival is a 10 day long excursion into the international musical phenomenon called dub, a style characterized by heavy bass, drums and copious use of effects, where the producer becomes the artist and the mixing board becomes an instrument. From its roots in 1960s Kingston reggae studios to its evolution into the digital age, dub has given birth to modern remix culture and its influence and production techniques can be heard across countless genres, from hip-hop, electronica, to punk and rock.

Out of the original Jamaican dub culture, a new generation of international producers and artists have infused the original sound with diverse influences, pushing the boundaries of the music throughout Europe, Japan and Latin America. Our goal is to introduce world class talents to a wide audience in New York and Boston and develop an infrastructure and platform for global collaboration and creative exchange.

The Dub Invasion Festival is jointly produced by Brooklyn-based music activists Sound Liberation Front and NYC’s Dubwise label Subatomic Sound.


SCHEDULE


THURDAY SEPTEMBER 8th
AT DUBSPOT 348 WEST 14TH STREET 6:00 PM FREE WITH RSVP
DUB MASTERCLASS PT 1
ADRIAN SHERWOOD (6-7PM)

This leader of the 80s UK dub revolution tells his story the techniques he used over the years to craft the signature ON-U-SOUND. Workshop will be streamed live on the Dubspot website. Event is Free but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9th
AT DOMINION 428 LAFAYETTE ST, NYC 21+ 10:00 PM $12 ADVANCE / $16 DOOR
ADRIAN SHERWOOD FT. BROTHER CULTURE
ADRIAN SHERWOOD FT. BROTHER CULTURE . SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM . CHANNEL U

UK-based music producer Adrian Sherwood has been a pioneer in expanding the scope and context of dub music. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his legendary On-U-Sound label, he will be making a rare US appearance alongside UK rasta MC Brother Culture and NYC’s mighty Subatomic Sound System.



SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10th
AT DUBSPOT 348 WEST 14TH STREET 1:00 PM OPEN DOOR
DUBSPOT HI FIDELITY EDU SESSION
PHOTO EXPO BY SEB CARAYOL(1-6PM) PANEL DISCUSSION & GEAR DEMO(1-6PM)

Come celebrate Dubspot’s expansion with a showcase featuring the latest in music technology from Ableton, Propellerhead, iZotope, Native Instruments, and more. Join us for revolving presentations, workshops and sound sessions about DJing, music production and the history of dub.
FACEBOOK / MAP / OPEN DOOR



SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10th
AT DUBSPOT 348 WEST 14TH STREET 3:00 PM FREE WITH RSVP
DUB MASTERCLASS PT 2
CLIVE CHIN (3-4PM)

Legendary producer Clive Chin, along with innovative engineer Errol Thompson laid down the foundation of the dub sound and originated some of the genre’s earliest recordings. He will demonstrate how to dub a track using original material. Experience the culture with one of its originators… A festival highlight! Workshop will be streamed live on the Dubspot website. Event is Free but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.



SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10th
AT B.B. KING'S 237 WEST 42ND ST, NYC 21+ 8:00 PM $22 ADVANCE / $25 DOOR
LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY
LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY . SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM . JAHDAN BLAKKAMOORE

Whether you call him a genius or a madman, Lee «Scratch» Perry is without a doubt a towering figure in reggae. The Grammy award winning producer, mixer, and songwriter, was behind the early Bob Marley classics, and along with King Tubby, helped shape the sound of dub music. Collaborators on recent Perry dubstep releases, Subatomic Sound System & Jahdan Blakkamoore, will be supporting.
Get limited super-discount $19 advance tickets at Ticketmaster by entering our festival code “dub”!



SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th
AT SULLIVAN HALL 214 SULLIVAN STREET, NYC 21+ 9:00 PM $10
UNIVERSAL SUNDAYS PRESENTS ALIVE DUB
DUB POET INFINITY . SUPER HI-FI TOP SHOTTA BAND FEAT. SCREECHY DAN 
PRINCE POLO . DOUBLE 05 KING OF ZULU ENTERTAINMENT . DJ SAL P

A night of live performances headlined by Dub Poet Infinity alongside Super Hifi, cornerstone of the critically acclaimed Afro Dub Sessions concert series.



MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12th
AT CIELO 18 LITTLE W 12TH ST, NYC 21+ 10:00 PM $12 WITH RSVP / $15 DOOR
FRANCOIS K & BADAWI AKA RAZ MESINAI
FRANCOIS K . BADAWI AKA RAZ MESINAI . DUB POET INFINITY

Consistently acclaimed as one of New York’s Top DJ party, Deep Space is the project of legendary house music producer Francois K. This special festival edition features “sound alchemist” Raz Mesinai aka Badawi.



TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13th
AT DUBSPOT 348 WEST 14TH STREET 2:00 PM FREE WITH RSVP
DUB DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS
DEVON D’S DUB HISTORY(2-3PM) MUSICALLY MAD(3-4PM) DUB ECHOES(4-6PM)

Get inspired and learn about the history and culture behind the sound during this day-long music documentary marathon. Event is Free but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.



WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14th
AT KUSH 191 CHRYSTIE ST, NYC 21+ 9:00 PM FREE WITH RSVP
LIONDUB PRESENTS PRESSURE “DUB”
TICKLAH . DAVE Q . LIONDUB . DJ LIFELINE . DJ DELUXE

Pressure Drop is downtown NYC’s freshest Wednesday night reggae affair with resident DJ’s Liondub, Lifeline and Deluxe. This dub edition will feature multi talented producer/instrumentalist Victor “Ticklah” Axelrod and Dave Q of the famed Dub War parties.



THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15th
AT HAPPY ENDING 302 BROOME ST, NYC 21+ 10:00 PM FREE WITH RSVP
DTR IN A TRIBUTE TO KING TUBBY’S
DEADLY DRAGON SOUND SYSTEM FEATURING ARTISTS TBD DJ LINH

NYC’s premier foundation reggae party, Downtown Top Ranking, presents a Tribute to the Father of Dub – King Tubby’s with Deadly Dragon Sound and guests celebrating and expanding upon the music, the mixes and vibes of the man himself in pure vinyl style.



THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15th
AT DOMINION 428 LAFAYETTE ST, NYC 21+ 10:00 PM $10 ADVANCE / $ 12 DOOR
TOTH INTERNATIONAL DUB SHOWCASE
SPY FROM CAIRO . DR ISRAEL . NICKODEMUS . DJ LIL TIGER

Nickodemus, founder of the legendary Turntables on the Hudson parties, curates this international dub showcase with a set of globe-trotting producers. Expect middle eastern influences, punk rock and ragga jungle sounds to blend seamlessly into a dubwise dancefloor extravaganza!



FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16th
AT DUBSPOT 348 WEST 14TH STREET, NEW YORK 6:00 PM FREE WITH RSVP
DUB MASTERCLASS PT 3
MAD PROFESSOR (6-7PM)

Legendary second wave UK dub producer and disciple of Lee Perry unveils the secrets that made the Ariwa label one of the leading forces in dub music. Workshop will be streamed live on the Dubspot website. Event is Free but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.



FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16th
AT KNITTING FACTORY BROOKLYN 361 METROPOLITAN AVE, BK 18+ 11:45 PM 
$18 ADVANCE / $20 DOOR
MAD PROFESSOR
MAD PROFESSOR . TWILIGHT CIRCUS DUB . Q-MASTAH . MAJESTIC TWINSOUND

Since the early 80s, Mad Professor has been one of the leading figure of dub’s new generation. His legendary Ariwa studio in South London has been the epicenter of dub’s foray into the digital age. Supporting the mad prof will be Twilight Circus Dub as well as NYC’s Q Mastah and Majestic Twinsound


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Reconstrvct: phase 1 recap

By brockolio

video directed and edited by Sergio Padilla

On July 29th a new chapter of the dubstep story within NYC's ever-bustling bass music scene was ushered in via the inaugural Reconstrvct party at The Morgan in Bushwick, BK.  While the recent commercialization of "dubstep" has led to events now taking over some of the city's biggest concert venues, it has also lead to a growing desire for proper dubstep to return to the underground in an intimate setting where it belongs.  The aim of Reconstrvct is to shift the focus back to what the genre has always been about: sound and the "Low Frequency with Decency" mission statement is a testament to that.

One of the defining moments leading to the inception of the new event was this past June when Mala was once again slated to perform at Francois K's legendary Deep Space night at Cielo.  On a Monday night, Mala put on a 3-hour dubstep clinic to a completely rammed club and reminded many of us why we initially got involved with this genre and surrounding scene.  The monumental support for the event alluded to what this city has been sorely missing since the days of DubWar: a place to check your ego at the door, socialize with like-minded heads new and old, and to close your eyes and completely immerse yourself in deep sub-bass.

July's Reconstrvct pulled out all the stops, marking the U.S. debut of London-based Deep Medi producer VIVEK, as well as the first time that DubWar's Joe Nice and Dave Q headed up a bill together in NYC in over 8 months.  The night kicked off with an opening set from Nihal, an hourlong conceptual journey which he expanded upon in his recent Reconstrvction mix.  He was gracious enough to share the results of which on his Soundcloud below:

Reconstrvction by Nihal Ramchandani

Reconstrvct resident Truenature then took to the stage, bringing the weighty 140bpm business and celebrating the catalogues of labels such as Black Box, Box Clever, DMZ, and Tempa.


Dave Q then did his thing, shaking up the tempos as always and keeping everyone on their toes.  You can still grab his Hotflush Podcast from earlier this Summer in case you missed it.  Dave will also be performing alongside Liondub as part of next week's Dub Invasions festival on September 12th at Kush.  RSVP for free admission.

"People do respond to that bottom frequency...People have to feel it."

VIVEK took to the stage for his headlining set that left anything that wasn't bolted down in the room vibrating from the immense sub-bass.  His set paid tribute to the extensive Deep Medi catalogue as well as including original productions from his 'Feel It' and 'Eyes Down' EP's released on the label earlier this year.


Joe Nice left no stone unturned in his first set in NYC since the DubWar one-off at Deity last Winter. His sets never disappoint and this performance in particular showed that he still had something to prove in the city where he truly cut his teeth as a DJ.  That hunger was channeled into another memorable set from Joe, even taking time out from his bag of dubs to pay homage to NYC with Alicia Keys "New York" (on vinyl of course).


Saturday night September 24th, Reconstrvct returns to the Morgan for another night of Low Frequency with Decency.  This month features a trio of NYC debuts with Tunnidge, Bunzer0 & Mr Jo, and C Dubs; as well as sets from Reconstrvct staples Truenature and Joe Nice.  10$ presales are now available through Resident Advisor HERE.

Keep an eye out for details concerning the Pre-contrvct party at the Morgan during the evening of the 24th featuring an art installation curated by Lifted Lab as well as live music leading up to doors opening at 10pm for Reconstrvct.




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