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MUSHROOMED

by Object Lessons Space

12.01.21

 Known by the moniker The Next Most Famous Artist, Hafiiz Karim is a digital art director whose works have made ripples throughout Instagram. Hafiiz creates images that amalgamate figures from art history with contemporary, everyday settings.

In this episode, we talk to Hafiiz about how he wields visual references from classical art history, how these paintings continue to serve as a source of creative inspiration for his work, and the importance of having fun with the process of image-making.

About Object Lessons Space

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Object Lessons Space is an art historical archive and platform that documents conversations with artists, writers, and curators.

Through our work, we hope to create nuanced, sensitive and intersectional dialogue around art. In a cultural landscape where content is often driven by social media’s frenzied pace, we are committed towards facilitating honest conversations and slow consumption for our readers.

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ZŪJAGO Jazz Beat

22.12.20

Frank Sinatra – ‘White Christmas’
Yosuke Yamashita – ‘Sakura’
Aya Sekine – ‘Life, Everyday!’
Sadayasu Fujii Trio + 1 – ‘One Note Samba’
Buckshot LeFonque – ‘Music Evolution’
MF Doom – ‘A Lil Xmas Tree (Cookin’ Soul Remix)’
Vince Guaraldi Trio – ‘Linus and Lucy’
Naughty Noor Nice – ‘Frosty The Snow (Watermelon) Man’
Kenny G – ‘Winter Wonderland’
Ella Fitzgerald – ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’

Watch other episodes of ZŪJAGO Jazz Beat:

Episode 1
Episode 2 (w/ Intriguant)
Episode 3 (w/ Rudy La Faber)

About ZŪJAGO

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ZŪJAGO(ズージャ語)translated as “jazz language” started off during the Taisho era (1912 -1926) Japan among jazz musicians as a slang. I felt this word was representative in spirit of what jazz in Japan was about. Taking elements of Western culture and turning it into their own thing, be it incorporating elements of traditional instrumentations or progressions.

With this in mind, I had set out to start a blog documenting Japanese jazz during the 1960s to 1980s and beyond. Granted there are easy ways of accessing this music through YouTube and BBE’s excellent J Jazz Masterclass series which has been feverishly reissuing long out of reach presses. I felt it would help to have a place where as many releases were documented and discussed about in some form. Hoping that in time to come more information about the artists who played the music will be discovered and covered here.

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Midnight Ambient Hour with Evening Chants

16.12.2020

It’s that time of the year. Despite the horror 2020 brought to us, we sought refuge in the wealth of music released around the world. ⁠

Evening Chants discuss some of their favourites with artist and musician George Chua — who’s also behind one of 2020’s best, the immersive album Smokescreen. Tuck in and tune in.⁠

Watch more episodes of Midnight Ambient Hour with Evening Chants:

Episode 1
Episode 2 (w/ Meitei & Ricks Ang of Kitchen. Label)
Episode 3

About Evening Chants

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Evening Chants is a contemporary electronic label based in Singapore, presenting strange and unknown musical explorations on small-run cassettes.

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SAY REEL BY NSFTV

17.11.20

Not Safe For TV tells the Singaporean stories you wouldn’t normally see. Say Reel is a segment featuring a lovingly curated selection of tales by the NSFTV team.⁠

This segment compiles Girls Girls Girls, a five-part drama about navigating the murky waters of being a 16-year-old girl in Singapore.

Watch other Say Reel segments:

Say Reel by NSFTV #01
Say Reel by NSFTV #02

About NSFTV

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Not Safe For TV is an online visual magazine for experimental video content, provoking deeper thought and conversation through the exploration of urban social issues in Southeast Asia.

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Nightcap with DJ Itch

12.12.2020

Kanke (カンケ) – ‘Let’s Kiss Baby’
Noriyo Ikeda (池田典代) – ‘Dream In The Street’
Atsuko Hiyajo (比屋定篤子) – ‘Maware, Maware (まわれまわれ)’
Mai Yamane (山根麻衣) – ‘Tasogare (たそがれ)’
Kiyoshi Yamaya (山屋清) – ‘Sagi-Musume (鷺娘)’
Meiko Nakahara (中原めいこ) – ‘Ru-Ru-Ru-Russian Roulette’
Transs – ‘Jawab Nurani’
沈殿霞 – ‘天才與白癡’
Spectrum – ‘Tomato Ippatsu’
Flybaits – ‘Nirwana’
Uji Rashid – ‘Sani’
Meiko Nakahara (中原めいこ) – ‘Fantasy’
Kingo Hamada (濱田金吾) – ‘N.Y. City Marathon’
Anita Mui (梅艷芳) – ‘Oh No, Oh Yes!’
Makoto Matsushita (松下誠) – ‘First Light’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Solid Slider’
Mariya Takeuchi (竹内まりや) – ‘Sweetest Music’
Meiko Nakahara (中原めいこ) – ‘Funky Christmas’
Yurie Kokubu (国分友里恵) – ‘Tobashite Taxi Man (とばしてTaxi Man)’
Yasuha (泰葉) – ‘Flyday Chinatown’
Carlos T. & Omega Tribe – ‘Reiko’
AB’s – ‘Girl’
Yoshino Fujimal – ‘Who Are You?’
Anri – ‘Windy Summer’
Junko Yagami (八神純子) – ‘Tasogare No Bay City (黄昏のBay City)’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Sparkle’
Shojo-Tai (少女隊) – ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (君の瞳に恋してる)’
Miki Matsubara (松原みき) – ‘Stay With Me (真夜中のドア)’
Yuki Okazaki (岡崎友紀) – ‘Jamaican Affair’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Ride On Time’
Anita Mui (梅艷芳) – ‘尋愛’
Mariya Takeuchi (竹内まりや) – ‘Plastic Love’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Christmas Eve’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Spacey’

About DJ Itch

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Based in Singapore, Itch is a sound selector and a vinyl collector. Itch has been actively collecting local vinyls since 2018, inspired by his passion for “local exotic funk a-go-go” music from the ’60s to early ’80s in Singapore, the Nusantara, and around the region, such as Nanyang a-go-go or Hala-Hala, Melayu-Indo funk-soul, Chinese disco, pop yeh yeh, Asian city pop, and other rare Asian groove music.

His vinyl DJ sets specialise in Asian sound and exotic music introducing forgotten local music gems from the past to modern listeners, and brings back nostalgic vibes for old-timers. Itch has appeared in various events in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, and Taiwan, also collaborated with DJs/performers from Singapore and around the region.

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Coming Attractions with Asian Film Archive

14.12.20

After this episode of Coming Attractions was recorded, one of AFA’s films planned for December, No Hard Feelings, was not cleared for screening in its intended form. ⁠

Still, you’ll get to learn about the film, which centres a German-born Iranian falling for an Iranian immigrant, along with Blue Moon, an anthology film where each screening has a unique playback order, and the latest export from China’s growing slate of arthouse films, Damp Season.⁠

 

Listen to the episode on Spotify:

About Asian Film Archive

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The Asian Film Archive (AFA) is a charity that focuses on culturally important works by independent Asian filmmakers. It preserves Asia’s rich film heritage in a permanent collection and promotes a wider critical appreciation of Asia’s cinematic works through initiating programmes like screenings and talks.

More than just a repository of film and tape, AFA aspires to be a hub for the film community, contributing to culture, scholarship and industry.

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MUSHROOMED

by Object Lessons Space

08.12.20

This episode of Mushroomed delves deep into the space of digital exhibitions, now practiced by artists more than ever with the ongoing pandemic.⁠

Some digital exhibitions recreate the space of a museum or a gallery online, allowing users to explore the hallways and artworks virtually and from the comforts of their own home. Others lean into the possibilities afforded by the webpage itself, using it as a blank canvas to create interactive works that are meant to be encountered via the screen.⁠

Features interviews with Tulika Ahuja, Reza Hasni, and Siah Tiong Hong.⁠

 

Listen to the episode on Spotify:

About Object Lessons Space

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Object Lessons Space is an art historical archive and platform that documents conversations with artists, writers, and curators.

Through our work, we hope to create nuanced, sensitive and intersectional dialogue around art. In a cultural landscape where content is often driven by social media’s frenzied pace, we are committed towards facilitating honest conversations and slow consumption for our readers.

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HIGH TIDE 開台

01.12.20

(feat. Kuo of Sunset Rollercoaster)

Sunset Rollercoaster’s latest album SOFT STORM is a collection of slow-burning jams driven by a melancholic heartbeat.

Tiff continues her exploration of Taiwan’s indie music scene — of which Sunset Rollercoaster comes from — and the band’s leader Kuo joins her for a freewheeling conversation about SOFT STORM, live music, the band’s future and more.⁠

Find Sunset Rollercoaster on Bandcamp.

You can also listen to the episode on Mixcloud
(parts of the interview are spoken in Mandarin):

About High Tide 開台

Every month, Tiff shares quality Taiwanese indie music, films, and subcultures, exchanging cultural observations between Singapore and the wider Mandarin-speaking world.⁠

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Art/Rhythm/Technic

24.11.2020

A.R.T. is a monthly showcase of the latest trends in art/design, electronic music, and music technology.⁠

In each episode, they will share their hot favourite tunes in the crate, the latest design trends, tech & gear reviews on their radar.⁠

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LIM BROTHERS TRAVEL

…UNDER THE SEA

18.11.20

The Lim Brothers (BGourd and Beansprouts) will take listeners on an audiovisual journey that’s 50% genre-hopping DJ/VJ set, 50% interactive livestream show, and 100% a trip 🚀⁠

About Lim Brothers Travel

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