- Published on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:27
It’s been almost five months since fabric reopened, and the team have announced that some time after its hibernation, they will be reopening Room 3. The small but much-loved space will be brought back to life on the 2nd June, with boosted sound system and a hot Summer lineup ahead.
On the 3rd June, there will be Fabric 94, the Steffi’s electro-charged album launch with Steffi herself, Virginia and Dexter while Terry Francis, Zenker Brothers and Voiski take over the amped-up space with its newly-moved booth and extra subs.
By Georgia Evans
Archie Hamilton, Barac, Ion Ludwig, Rossko, Sonja Moonear billed for Cesarhof Festival 2017 - 'A Magical 57-Hour Journey'
- Published on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:52
MEOKO can proudly announce four new artists who will be performing at Cesarhof Open-Air 2017. They’ll be joining the likes of Barac, Sonja Moonear, Julia Govor, André Galluzzi and more from the 28th-30th July at Ferme du Cesarhof, France.
The first new act id Toi Toi’s own Ion Ludwig, who will be there ahead of his set at Into the Factory. There’s also Archie Hamilton will be bringing the FUSE vibes from London with DJ, raver and record collector Man Like Rossko will be taking to the stage. Lastly, we have Romanian figurehead Nu Zau who is one of the leading producers and dj's that have come out of Romania's electronic scene in the past few years.
The full line-up is as follows;
André Galluzzi, Archie Hamilton, Argenis Brito (Live), Barac, Daniel Dreier, David Delgado, David Dorad, Doubtingthomas (Live), East End Dubs, Eveline Fink, Guido Schneider, Idealist, Ion Ludwig (Live), Janeret, Julia Govor, Kyle E, Marcelo Cura, Martin Buttrich, Nu Zau, Peter Schumann, Rossko, Ruede Hagelstein, Seb Blake, Sonja Moonear, Tobi Neumann, Traumer and Varhat.
The announcement of a new wave of artists has only enhanced what was an already incredible lineup, with Ion Ludwig, Barac, Sonja Moonear and Nu Zau fresh from their outstanding sets at Sunwaves 21, it promises to be an intimate event with a big impact.
With over 70 artists from all over the world an incredible spectrum of sound is expected in partnership with Egg London, Berg Audio, Absolut Techno, Katerblau, Zoo Project Ibiza, Bass Couture, and Les Enfants Terribles curating the stages, this old farmhouse will be turned into a musical paradise with each stage decorated for the occasion with a unique style.
The festival starts on the 28th July at 3pm , with music playing non-stop until midnight on the 30th; that's what we call ' A Magical 57-Hour Journey'. Information about camping and hotels can be found on their website, as can tickets. The festival area is located 15 mins away from Basel Mulhouse Airport. Airport transfer will be available throughout the festival with prices to be confirmed closer to the date. Lastly, the organisers suggest the guests to join the musical journey in costumes.
See you there.
Words by Georgia Evans
- Published on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 15:47
This year’s Off Week in Barcelona is sure to be its biggest and best to date. With a series of great performances taking place, one that looks particularly promising is the 510k Showcase on the 15th and 16th June at Utopia 126.
The first day sees arjunamusic records presenting An Eve Live in an intimate warehouse space with Berlin’s own ambiq, glitchita master Kassem Mosse, labelhead Samuel Rohrer, and his long-time collaborator Max Loderbauer.
Sydney’s Sunday raving institution S.A.S.H will be starting off their world tour in style by taking over on the second day. They’ll be bringing a fierce selection of performers including Cologne’s legendary andhim, disco/soul/house gurus Session Victim, alongside dOP and Lake People.
While arjunamusic is earning its place as one of the most exciting and experimental new labels, S.A.S.H is reaching its 6th year in the industry. These two are teaming up with Berlin’s 510k to create a platform for some fresh, innovative talent and are sure to put on one hell of a show.
Tickets are available here.
Words by Georgia Evans
- Published on Friday, 05 May 2017 10:23
Hackney Wick will not know what’s hit them when Ada Kaleh will take to the stage for an exclusive 4 hour live set on 12th May. Expect a hypnotic, visceral performance from one of Romania’s exciting new talents.
Following on from his phenomenal first album Dene Descris, Kaleh has signed an exclusivity deal with R&S for 2 EPs and an album in which he hopes to explore a fusion of psychedelic/ space-rock, kautrock, electronica and tribal shamanism- what a mix.
His show at Stour Space in Hackney Wick will feature a two-hour live performance followed by a two-hour DJ set. He’ll also be showcasing an exhibition of vinyl artwork.
After gaining support from the likes of Sonja Moonear, RPR Soundsystem, Barac and Ricardo Villalobos, he’ll be travelling across the world on a South America tour and a handful of exciting festivals such as Ozora, Waha and Murmur Festival.
Powered by Martin Audio, the venue, Stour Space, will give its audience a panoramic view of the Olympic Park, and having previously been used for infamous Boiler Room sessions, it’s sure to be an incredible audio-visual experience.
As organisers say:
Ada Kaleh is isolation in an eternal present.
Ada Kaleh is hypnosys.
Ada Kaleh is synaesthesia.
Words by Georgia Evans
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- Published on Saturday, 08 April 2017 23:36
Sound Healing 101
The esoteric art of healing through sonic vibrations and beyond
While all music holds the potential to heal, there is reserved a special category – often filed under the more esoteric fringes – that is specifically created for the intent. ‘Sound Healing’ as it is known, along with its own band of sound healers, is a broad sonic field that is as vast as it is deep, which also makes it hard to define. From the spiritually guided musical tuning system by Aleksi Perälä to meditative gong bath conducted by Stroboscopic Artefacts founder Lucy to the plethora of 432Hz-tuned songs on YouTube – is the genre identified by the instruments, effect or intent?
To go deeper into this rabbit hole that is coloured by an obsession with frequencies, binaural beats, vocal acrobatics and mystical instruments, we first take a trip back to where it all began: the ancient cultures.
Sound healing is not musical, it’s vibrational
The Egyptians regarded vowel sounds as sacred and were known to conduct sonic-based ceremonies while their patients visited healing temples to undergo ‘dream sleep’ incubation with music therapy in small reverberant cells. Elsewhere, archaeologists have found that ancient sound chambers such as the Hypogeum Hal Saflieni in Malta and Newgrange in Ireland demonstrate extraordinary acoustic properties. In particular, it was discovered that sound at these chambers resonates or echoes at the specific frequency of 110 Hz, which is also the pitch of an average male voice.
EEG tests that detect the brain’s electrical activity show that at 110 Hz, the human brain temporarily switches from left to right brain activity, the side of creativity. Other experiments are also showing that 110 Hz tends to stimulate certain brain rhythms associated with trance-like states. As one delves further into sound healing, one soon realises that frequencies are the foundation, and generally guided by the following formula:
Frequency + Intent = Healing
Fundamentally, we are all made up of atoms vibrating at different speeds. As sound healers believe, not only do specific organs vibrate at different frequencies, so do our thoughts, emotions and even scents. Because sound travels through the vibration of particles, having a sound source vibrating at a particular frequency and guided by a specific intent can help to move us into more beneficial states. Given that humans are also 65% water, we become great sound conductors for vibrational healing.
Take the tuning fork for example – an instrument that is used in sound healing treatments to help tune our bodies back into harmony. Therapeutic methods including tapping the tuning fork and placing it on strategic acupressure points on the body to release subconscious blockages or also for example, having a tuning fork in ‘C’ and another in ‘G’, (256 Hz and 384 Hz in scientific pitch), placed at either ear to create the special interval 3:2 or the Perfect Fifth, which is known to have a balancing and harmonising effect. Songs such as ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ feature this interval. Tuning forks further come in a variety of exotic tones that can serve to activate your pineal gland or cleanse your chakras.
Other instruments that frequently come into play in a sound healer’s arsenal might be Tibetan or crystal singing bowls, didgeridoos, shaman drums, rain sticks, gongs and also their own voice in the form of chants or overtone singing. The gong has a special place in sound healing because it covers the broadest spectrum of tones among all the instruments. More poignantly, it is said that all ego shatters at the sound of the gong.
It is important to differentiate that sound healing is really less about Classical ideas of melody or harmony, but more about creating beneficial vibrations or energy states for a room or person. According to ‘What is Sound Healing’ by Lyz Cooper, discordant sounds are no less healing as they can serve to challenge and ‘break up’ tension in the body. An effective sound healing session would be one that clears away competing energies, rebalances and retunes, strengthens your inner resonance, and imparts calm to the mind.
Binaural beats and brainwave entrainment
Taking us more up-to-date in the field are binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones, which belong to the class of brainwave entrainment. The proposition is that the neurons in our brain communicate via electrical impulses, which form the bedrock of our thoughts and even how we behave. These electrical impulses or brainwaves pulse at different frequencies during different states. Beta for example (12 Hz – 27 Hz) is the state of mental focus and concentration. Alpha (8 Hz – 12 Hz) is the state of relaxed alertness or ‘flow’ while theta (3 Hz – 8 Hz) is associated with deep meditation or heavy relaxation and so on.
Binaural beats is a way in which we can entrain our brainwaves to our desired states through sound. By playing different tones in each ear through headphones – for example 100 Hz in the left ear and 110 Hz in the right – our brainwaves become synced to the difference of 10 Hz, or alpha after an estimated 6 minutes.
The ancient Solfeggio scale
A special scale of frequencies, known as the ancient Solfeggio scale used in Gregorian chants is also revered for its healing properties. The Solfeggio scale comprises six original frequencies that feature pure intervals between every note that are also mathematically related and better aligned with the universe’s naturally occurring patterns. In this scale, the note A4 is tuned to 444 Hz as opposed to 440 Hz, which is the common western temperament tuning standard today. One of the frequencies, 528 Hz, is called the love frequency and purportedly even supports DNA repair. John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is written in 528 Hz, and is also the title of a controversial book by Dr. Leonard Horowitz.
While music therapy is now widely recognised as an allied health profession and ultrasound commonly administered in physiotherapy, the far-out field of sound healing still remains lacking in rigorous research, peer reviews or institutional support. Which also means to say – to each their own. For what it’s worth, sound like any other modality is a powerful vehicle that can be used for positive aims. To the begging question – do they actually work? I would think twice about throwing down thousands of dollars in the hope of a miracle cure based on good vibes, but as a conscious inner tuning practice you can purposefully utilise to serve others, sound healing has helped to create shifts in my life that have certainly led to happy and harmonious outcomes.
by Debbie Chia