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Music in Film at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016 – playlist 1

In Art Basel Miami Beach, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Miami, Miami Beach, New World Center, New World Symphony, SoundScape Park, Uncategorized on 30/11/2016 at 2:00 pm

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The Music in Film & Sound at Art Basel in Miami Beach

selected by David Gryn, Daata Editions

We screen works on the vast wall of the New World Symphony Center designed by Frank Gehry and utilize the 160 speaker surround sound system based in Soundscape Park – it is a natural and rather obvious environment to consider music as a focus. This year I selected artworks that employ the universal language of music and choreography.

I view my role as that of a facilitator, aiming to get the best outcome for the constituent galleries, artists, art fair, venue, city and the various audiences. I look for simple triggers to encourage galleries to submit related work and aim to show as much varied material as possible, offering maximum opportunities for exhibition of artwork beyond the confines of the Art Basel in Miami Beach Art Fair in the Convention Center. My goal is also to show work that will excite and engage the widest possible audience.

In considering the programming around artists and their use of music, I realised that certain music lingers in my head and over many decades, including: music that is fairly dark, somber and yet remains deeply life affirming, and artists as diverse as Augustus Pablo, Philip Glass, Chopin, Arvo Part, and Eleni Karaindrou. This abstract and instinctive logic formed by rhythms, repetitions, echoes, depth of bass, shifts in keys and chord progressions are some of the musical elements that drive my selection processes. I am often attracted by artworks that affect me like certain music does; a thud in my chest, reverberations through my body, tingles down my neck and spine. I definitely make my selection decisions on how a moving image artwork sounds.

“How do we arrive at these decisions or indeed make them” – so I posed this question to myself – while planning my process for selection this year. So I asked galleries to consider their artists who have made Film/Sound works that connect to music in any way. But in posing this – I had to think how does music influence me and my decision making. 

How do I stay integrity driven to myself and how do I make a programme that makes sense from so many different submitted artworks, albeit all moving image – but that and their music is the only true common thread (but common enough ….)

So I decided to plan a programme that I have always wanted to do. That takes numerous artworks and builds musical/sound crescendo from their composite sounds and creates an overall viewing/listening experience – that may enable the audience to engage and experience much like they might at a classical concert, piano recital or a heavyweight dub sound system (via one piece of music or a selected combination of musical tracks).

Now – I don’t know if I will or have achieved my goal in terms of the best possible output – but I have started a process that will lead my decision making processes hereonin.

Playlist

brain pattern no 1

Aint no Sunshine, Best Dressed Chicken in Town – Dr Alimantado, Horace Andy, Lee Perry

https://youtu.be/ZBBJ53Ih-nQ

The Orphée Suite for Piano- II. Orphée’s Bedroom – Philip Glass

https://youtu.be/PQYIvhhU9HQ?list=RDMmBkdvi0qfU

Baby I love you so/King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown – Jacob Miller, Augustus Pablo, King Tubby

https://youtu.be/Q6tHkiJX2XQ

By the sea (Eternity and a Day)  – Eleni Karaindrou 

https://youtu.be/EwO8ImZiUQU

Lets Live in Love, Dub – Horace Andy, Wackies

https://youtu.be/n0IRwJ505zk

Fur Alina – Arvo Part 

https://youtu.be/MmBrepbZji0

Rise & Shine, dub – Bunny Wailer

https://youtu.be/vADIa2ykZNc

Variations – Howard Skepton

https://youtu.be/_E4_3zu76zM?list=PL7tfQQ9L07YqfH_MEgIsmLA3yWhURV_se

Earth Wind & Fire, Dub – Paul Blackman, Augustus Pablo

https://youtu.be/EMLJIXysJ9E

Nocturnes – Chopin

https://youtu.be/PANzRQWpM9Q?list=RDPANzRQWpM9Q

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