April 26, 2017 Ensemble

Ensemble Extracts brings together a collection of new music, articles, interviews, and events that grabbed our attention in the last week. So we thought we might share them with you.

From how VR will affect the music industry, to boosting creativity be embracing a child-like spirit, to the Economists’ take on Kendrick Lamar’s new album, here are some interesting extracts that we think are definitely worth a read…

How Virtual Reality Will Change The Music Industry

In a blog post about virtual reality, Morgan Page talks about the affect it will have on how we create and experience music. From enhancing live performances with immersive 3D light shows, to adding a physical element to music creation, to enhancing collaboration by enabling people on opposite corners of the world to work together in a virtual studio, VR is creating exciting new opportunities in music. Read the full blog post here.

On Being Economical

On The Creative Independant, three artists talk about being economical in their art. Rafaël Rozendaal writes about how he embraces a work ethic inspired by being a kid and how this mindset cultivates a minimal life absent from stuff. Alex Da Corte writes about scaling your art and Alex Ross Perry talks about making due with what you have. Read the three pieces here.

Vinyl Takes Video Game Music Appreciation To New Levels

In an article on Kotaku.com, Ethan Gach talks about the growing trend of releasing video game soundtracks on vinyl. Is it just a retro hipster fad or a way to bring classic analog games back to life in a tangible analog format? Read the article here.

The Meaning of Kendrick Lamar

Following the release of Kendrick Lamar’s latest album DAMN, the Economist discusses Lamar’s status as “the most important rapper in America” and how this status lead to a certain expectation for his new release. It says a lot about how significant Lamar’s music has become that a highbrow publication like the Economist is writing about him. Read the article here.

Release of the week

‘Mercury’ is the second track to be released from ‘Planetarium’ an album by Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister. With such a star-studded cast, we are looking forward to the album release on 9th June!


Recommended Events

 :: Thursday 27.04.2017 :: Dublin Sound Lab presents VOX ELECTRONICA: Kaija Saariaho’s ‘Lonh’ for solo soprano and electronics performed by Elizabeth Hilliard & Fergal Dowling as part of the music currents festival :: Smock Alley Theatre  ::  Full details 

 :: Thursday 27.04.2017 :: An Ocean of Despair – Spoken word & interview with Thor Harris as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival :: Sarsfield Bar :: Full details

:: Friday 28.04.2017 :: Thor Harris of the goth/industrial band Swans comes to Drogheda to perform his new project ‘Thor and Friends’ :: St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda :: Full details

 :: Friday 28.04.2017 :: Paper Trail Presents: Hot Cops & Just Mustard. Free show, just comment your favourite fruit on the facebook event for guestlist and some Midnight Madness!  :: Dublin Unitarian Church :: Full details

 :: Friday 28.04.2017 :: Dublin Sound Lab present Bremen-based quartet KLANK Musik Aktions Ensemble as part of the Music Currents Festival ::Smock Alley Theatre :: Full details 

:: Saturday 29.04.207 :: The Irish Composers’ Collective present their first concert of the year: Ensemble ICC – Chordophones. Six new works for string quartet written and performed by members of the collective. :: Copyright House :: Full details

:: Saturday 29.04.207 ::To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of their first release Paper Trail Records present Paper Trail Records: Birthday Bonanza at The Canal Club (Lock 6 Café) :: Lock 6 Café :: Full details

:: Sunday 30.04.207 :: New Jackson launch their new album ‘From Night to Night” at The Button Factory presented by Hidden Agenda and All City  :: The Button Factory :: Full details

Nice one x



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