Christian Marclay (1955-) is a visual artist and composer. I saw his art installation piece ‘The Clock’ at the Venice Biennale in 2011. It is in effect a clock, but it is made of a 24-hour montage of thousands of time-related scenes from movies and some TV shows, edited to be shown in “real time”: each scene contains an indication of time (for instance, a timepiece, or a piece of dialogue) that is synchronized to show the actual time.
See a news clip about The Clock here.
Jeffrey Lewis (1975-) is a comic-book writer, artist and musician. His music has been described as ‘part of the antifolk movement’, and although Lewis doesn’t reject the label (thinking it “cool and mysterious”), in an interview with the BBC’s Matt Walton he describes his music as “narrative folk music with stories”, but adds that there’s “some stuff that’s loud and distorted”.
Listen to his song ‘If You Shoot the Head You Kill the Ghoul’, (it’s about Zombies, which is pretty cool) here.
Listen to his song ‘Anxiety Attack’ here.
Lennon-McCartney is the name of the creative songwriting partnership between John Lennon and Paul McCartney from 1962-69, during which they published approx. 180 jointly credited songs. The disparity between Paul (who was organised and methodical) and John (who was anarchic and chaotic) is what allowed them to collaborate so effectively. As Shenk puts it in his article for The Atlantic, “Distinctions are a good way to introduce ourselves to a creative pair. But what matters is how the parts come together. So it’s not right to focus on how John insulted reporters while Paul charmed them. John was able to insult reporters because Paul charmed them. Their music emerged in a similar way, with single strands twisting into a mutually strengthening double helix.”
Read the full article here.
Ewan MacColl (1915-1989) was an British folk singer, songwriter, communist, labour activist, actor, poet, playwright, and record producer. He produced over 100 albums, many of which were created with the singer A. L. Lloyd. One of his best known works is ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, which he wrote for Peggy Seeger - the woman who was to become his third wife.
She can be heard performing it here.
Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (1948-), professionally known as Brian Eno, or simply Eno, is a British musician, composer, record producer, singer and visual artist. He’s known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music. His solo work has explored more experimental musical styles, been immensely influential - he emphasises “theory over practice”.
Here one of his collaborative songs with Karl Hyde here.
Chris Watson (1952-) is a musician and sound recordist specialising in natural history. He’s worked on projects all over the world, including David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ series, and more recently on the BBC series ‘Blue Planet’. He has recently been working with the Foundling Museum to produce a piece celebrating the International Dawn Chorus Day on 4th May 2014.
Listen to an interview with Chris Watson here.
Okay, so my plan is to create a post for each of the designers/groups that are listed on my summer briefs. Might not get round to all of them in time, but that’s the dream! What can I say, I’m feeling optimistic.
I’ll add hyperlinks to these as and when I finish the posts, so for now here are the lists:
Sound of the Summer:
Book Review (“You should be aware of the following”):
I kept it simple with this week’s relay. What do you see? At the end of his explanation of his latest piece, Liam said, “Hope is everywhere”. I think this optimistic outlook is great, but some people have more difficulty seeing the bright side. I was reminded of a simple bit of illusion that I first saw years ago; the way a person reads the sentence suggests how optimistically they see the world. While I’m sure this isn’t an accurate psychological test, it’s a cool thought!
What do YOU see?