Listening Room is back in Bangalore with an exciting lineup.
It’s unfortunately common to head to a gig, only to realise that the evening is about everything except the music. It’s this realisation that made Rana Ghose, the man behind REProduce Artists start the Listening Room, as a means to give artists a chance to perform with complete indifference to people’s opinions. While talking about the origins of the REProduce Listening Room, Rana speaks of “venues being totally uninspiring arenas to see music within, the tedium of wasting time dealing with amateurs for commercial bookings, and drunk people at gigs who can’t remember if there was music at the restaurant they were at last night. We just needed to see shows and hear music that meant something to us.”
REProduce Listening Room has spawned multiple editions across the country, with Bangalore being one of the more recent cities to make it a regular occurrence. The next edition is set to take place this Sunday, the 22nd of October with an assortment of artists performing at Upbeat – a Chinese restaurant in Banaswadi that displays its love for country music with pride.
In case you don’t know what to expect, here’s a list of artists performing at the next edition and some indication of what’s in store for their set. It’s evident that the musicians performing at a Listening Room approach the gig differently from a typical performance as the freedom offered facilitates an atmosphere of experimentation not often witnessed in live music.
Disco Puppet (Bangalore, India)
Disco Puppet aka Shoumik Biswas is a Bangalore based electronic musician who also plays drums for Space Behind the Yellow Room.
Disco Puppet’s sound is characterised by its irreverence towards the stylistic and procedural dictates of genres and their purists. This stems partly from ideology, but mostly from a tendency to get easily bored. But cerebral as his work is, he matches it with heart. His experiments, though nearly scientific in their rigour, are always essentially human. They come from a place of empathy and vulnerability, and perhaps because of this, they are surprisingly moving.
I’m not really sure what I want to do. I’m confused between doing my new set with the tracks from Princess This. Or to do versions of the songs that I play for Khwaab Sa ( a play I do music for). Or maybe just something else. I guess I’ll use the same setup I have. The casio, the MPD and a mic. If I can get a hold of Drums, maybe that. But I doubt it. I’ll figure soon. Listening Rooms are always fun, so I enjoy this freedom.
Rogue Atari (Bangalore, India)
Rogue Atari is the solo project of Kuru Circus frontman and artist – Ari Jayaprakash. He has performed at festivals and venues across the country.
Primarily known for his live performances which include live art and experimental 3D projections. His genre has been termed as Kurutronica / Kurock / Delirium. Also known for his strong views on censorship, which reflects in his art, photography, and music. The themes often encompass corruption, paranoia, isolation, patriarchy, capitalism, consumerism, rape, women’s rights, bigotry, and racism.
Hemant SK (Bangalore, India)
Hemant Sreekumar is an Indian artist from Bangalore. He has a background in art history, fine arts, and digital media. He does performance art with synthetic audio using principles of emergence and also produces visual media including prints and light-based works. His works respond to notions of decay, generative bias, and loss of semantics.
I’ll be performing a composition from 2016 March which deals with totalitarian identities in contemporary times and examines how Mass Media / Fake Media, and the dominant American culture recreates modern dictators as evil clowns. The work also recreates the horror of using high-end technology to create weapons of mass destruction and evokes the trauma of living under the fear of Nuclear Warfare and the media circus which exists around it.
SDLx (Seattle, USA)
A native of Seattle (USA), Daniel Miller is a composer, programmer, instrument builder, and field recordist. His creative practice centers on perceiving and responding to the vitality latent in simple processes, materials, and technologies. Daniel’s music has been performed in North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2013 he was a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a grant that made possible twelve months of research on music and technology in seven countries. Most recently he received his master’s degree in Digital Musics from Dartmouth College where he was a music composition student of Ashley Fure. Daniel is currently a Fulbright-Nehru research fellow based in Mysuru, India, where he is advised by Dr. Mysore Manjunath at the University of Mysore.
On Sunday I will be working with both sounding objects and algorithmic computer systems that exhibit this type of experiential richness. My hope is that the audience and I will be able to immerse ourselves in the acoustic “cracks” that occur “between” stable acoustic states. I’m most interested in a sound at the moment when a tone or noise can no longer sustain itself. In that fracturing we hear something very complex and unpredictable which exists at the very edge of performativity control and human perception: The moment at which a guitar string is lifted but hasn’t quite cleared the fret yet; the sound we hear in the instant just before we awake from sleep.
Mitochondria (Bangalore, India)
Mitochondria’ is an experimental Project by Electronic Music Artist Ankur Kashyap. Being a Life Science student, the project was named Mitochondria because of its unknown origin. ‘Mitochondria’, known as the ‘Powerhouse of Cell’ is still a debatable topic among the biologists across the World and according to the most acceptable theory, Mitochondria’s origin is ‘Foreign’ (read ‘Alien’) in nature. His debut EP ‘Call of the Chondrion’ was released in April 2017.
The Mitochondria Project was inspired by the natural poly rhythms and harmonic textures of organic sounds with a twist of evolving ambiance and ethereal melody lines. However, since my debut the project has evolved and this time at LR I’m aiming for mostly unreleased materials along with his usual sounds. And yes, I also have a surprise in the form of a live collaboration.
Cosmic Attic (Bangalore, India)
Cosmic Attic is Sharath Narayan, a Bangalore based producer whose ideas come from a psychedelic and meditative space. He released his debut EP ‘Climb’ in 2016 and since then his sound has evolved and matured and in his latest singles ‘Fake Massage’, ‘Close Poles’ and ‘Brew’. Sharath’s influences come from films, art, and music. I’ve been hooked to Michael Haneke’s films. Recently I’ve been exploring a lot of African music, I’ve always been blown away by their rhythms. And a lot of middle eastern folk music. And of course, the ever-expanding beat music. A few artists I’m listening to right now – Ryuichi Sakamoto, Aphex Twin, Msafiri zawose, Lapalux, Daedelus.
For the LR on 22 Oct, I’m going to be messing around with sketches that I made in the last few weeks, I don’t really know where I’m going with it or what I’m going to do, but I guess that’s the fun part. It is going to be raw and dirty I suppose. Haha.
Spryk (Mumbai, India)
Spryk is the electronic music & art exploration of Mumbai based Tejas Nair. He presents a vast body of work that ranges from a unique brand of bass music releases to forays into the world of electronic art & installations. A signature blend of genres in his DJ sets has brought him to play alongside the likes of UK grime legend Swindle, footwork don DJ Earl, Portuguese beat maker Holly & at some of the finest venues pushing Electronic Music in India. In 2016 Spryk released his debut EP “Slow Fast” on the New York-based Label, High Chai Recordings, a long time flag bearer for independent Indian Electronica across the globe. These sounds were subsequently supported by heavyweights Outlook & Dimensions Festivals in Croatia alongside others.
While the REProduce Listening Room is already on the path to fulfilling its mission, they are still looking to scale and improve. “We want to encourage talent in more cities across India by finding the right people in more and more cities.”, says REProduce founder, Rana Ghose.
“It seems to be working – we just want to do more and more of these events. This is especially true in Bangalore; to dig in and find that elusive recipe of how to get people out of their house to face flaming lakes, walls of carcinogenic foam, and horrendous traffic to see our events. We remain perpetually optimistic.”
Find out all you need to know about REProduce Upbeat | Listening Room here.