Modular and Carriageworks are joining forces to present 3 days of exclusive music performances, art, installations and contemporary ideas as part of VIVID 2014. Grounded in music and crossing art and design, Modulations looks at where these art forms intersect, overlap and influence each other.
Featuring an exciting spectrum of internationally renowned and emerging artists, Modulations will be headlined by multi-award winning electronic pop legends Pet Shop Boys. Known for their collaborations across music, theatre, fashion and film, Pet Shop Boys are considered the most successful duo in UK music history. Their Modulations appearance, the only Australian performance of their 2013/14 Electric world tour, will be a rare opportunity to experience a truly spectacular multi-media concert, designed by acclaimed Creative Director Es Devlin, who has previously collaborated with Kanye West, Jay Z and Lady Gaga as well as designing the 2012 London Olympic Games Closing Ceremony. The Electric show incorporates film, lasers, breath-taking costumes and choreography - along with a catalogue of hits, and will be presented in an intimate and immersive environment, with an extremely limited capacity.
In addition to the Pet Shop Boys' exclusive performance, the program will also include Fred Deakin, formerly one half of UK electronic duo Lemon Jelly, whose work explores the realms of audiovisual remixing and interactive installations.
British pop art pillar Richard Hamilton made it one of his guiding principles to never sit still, a restless proponent of pop art whose oeuvre moved across painting, sculpture, collage, installation, design and photography, a selection of which is now on display in an extensive retrospective at the Tate Modern in London.
Whether it was recreations of a photograph of Mick Jagger, the work of Marcel Duchamp, the Guggenheim Museum, or his own paintings, the exhibition displays Hamilton as a deeply critical thinker with a fascinatingly transparent process, and one adept at translating his critiques into colourful, dazzling works of pop art.
Open until May 26.
Ahead of their upcoming cross-country US tour, Cut Copy have shared a rework of their current single 'We Are Explorers' by friend and compatriot Turkish Prison (aka Midnight Juggernaut's Andy Szekeres). It's available as a free download.
Fresh off the Future Music Festival tour in Australia, Cut Copy are packing their bags and setting off on a string of worldwide dates, starting in the US next week. Catch them at one of the shows listed below.
Streams of Tame Impala and Compton MC Kendrick Lamar's anticipated rework of 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' are finally circulating the internet. Simply titled 'Backwards', the unexpected collab was created for the soundtrack to Neil Burger's sci-fi blockbuster Divergent, which hits US shelves tomorrow.
Hear Kendrick assault the mic over the neck snapping beat and lush string arrangements before someone pulls the plug...
After sharing their new singles There Is No Other Time and the accompanying A-side track, Children Of The Sun, Klaxons have this week let the world know their third studio album, Love Frequency, will be released this 30 May (Aus).
The follow-up to 2010's Surfing the Void features production from Gordon City, the Chemical Brothers' Tow Rowlands, Erol Alkan, and James Murphy, and was recorded throughout 2013.
Who is William Onyeabor?
While Nigeria was popping with highlife and afrobeat, Onyeabor turned the other way, making the most out to lunch funky synth music. Aside from these futurist legacies, the man is a mystery. Alive and well, he refuses to discuss his past, while speculation ranges from him being a Russian-based film scholar to a law graduate from Oxford. Coinciding with the latest compilation of his fruits on Luaka Bop, Caribou, Damon Alburn, Martyn Ware, Femi Kuti and a cast of musicologists share their observations to try and piece together this lost story. Thankfully Bono, the token music doco talking head, gets zero screen time.
Our favourite Frenchmen Phoenix slipped us a patriotic playlist ahead of their Australia dates this month featuring 80s popstar Lio, contemporary greats Damien and Sébastien Tellier, and a hard to find collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Nico.
Having headlined the most important European and US festivals in 2013, the band's current show is HUGE. A timeless catalogue from cult favourite 'United' right through to the ambitious 'Bankrupt'! Don't miss them play Hordern Pavilion in Sydney tomorrow and Melbourne's Festival Hall on Thursday. Some tickets are still available but not for long.
Sydney trio Movement reveal their new track 'Like Lust', the lead track from their forthcoming self-titled EP. Made up of a slow-burning anti-song structure with a looping groove, it was recorded by the band at home, then optimized by Canadian producer and The Weeknd foil Illangelo, who was later recruited to provide additional production and mixing.
In the space of the past ten months, Jesse Ward, Lewis Wade and Sean Walker aka Movement released their first two singles, 'Feel Real' and 'Us', played a handful of shows, toured alongside Solange and will soon take to the stage with DARKSIDE. They clocked up over half a million plays each on YouTube and soundcloud, nabbed Best New Track (for 'Us') on Pitchfork, and all the while never shifted their focus from the new - the first fruits of which we share today.
The Presets 'Goodbye Future' is realised by Australian filmmaker Prad Senanayake, who recreates the chaotic history of mankind on the dancefloor. Lots of mixed colours, moody shadows, slow motion and strobe lights allows the viewer to taste short moments of chaos, across an intense and confronting trip. Prad shares: "There has been a lot of dark things happening in Australia and around the world recently, which became the inspiration behind (this)".
After months of anticipation, tickets for this year's FOR Festival in Hvar, Croatia, went on sale today. Head over here to get yours now! We recommend getting in early - there are only 2500 tickets available for the 4 day event, and they will go quickly.
Klaxons are awakening. After a stint out of the spotlight they've returned with two new tracks - the clipped disco-tinged 'There is No Other Time' and the widescreen swagger of 'Children of the Sun'. And of course, they were just announced as one of the first headliners for this year's blissful island escape in Croatia, FOR Festival - taking place on Hvar island in Croatia from June 19th-22nd.
They've also provided us with some choice mixes over the past few years, including the 'Klaxons Acid Disko Mix', 33 minutes of audio primer for the best Summer of our lives.
You can pick up tickets to see Klaxons, DARKSIDE, Mark Ronson (DJ set), Erol Alkan, Factory Floor, Kelela and many more at FOR Festival here.
The new Klaxons album will be out later this year via Modular.
Master multitasker James Murphy can't keep still. Fresh off producing the Arcade Fire's recent album, Murphy wants to turn his hand to improving the aural experience of the NYC subway riders. He's petitioning the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to allow him to create a 'subway symphony', in which the entry turnstiles would be reprogrammed to emit a series of notes that are both pleasing to the ear and form part of a larger work of music connected to the unique and highly complex NYC subway system. In his own words:
"What I propose to do is to create a series of 3 to 5 note sequences, all unique, one for each station in the subway system. These sequences will be part of an intersecting larger piece of music, which would run from station to station, and cross one another as, say, the 4, 5, 6 line (one musical piece) intersects with the L, N, R, Q and W (another musical piece) at Union Square. At each turnstile in Union Square, as you tap your new tap and ride card, a pleasant bell tone will sound, in one of a set of possible notes, all related to that station's note sequence. The effect would be that at the busiest times, like rush hour, what was once cacophony would now be music."
We recommend getting behind good dude James Murphy by signing the petition here.
We also recommend you check out the line up for this year's FOR Festival in Croatia. Murphy's late night, champagne-fueled DJ set was a highlight of last year's festival, and we don't want you to miss out on what's to come for 2014.
Mountain Sounds Festival , Central Coast, NSW
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Marathon Music Works , Nashville, TN
Upset, Nagoya, Japan
Echostage, Washington, DC
Shangri-La, Osaka, Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
Cable, Hiroshima (Fukuyama), Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
Phoenix, Sydney, NSW
Bar Caezar, Ehime (Matsuyama), Japan
Crow Bar, Tokushima, Japan
Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NYView All Dates