Minimalissimo


Categorized “Music”

Danish electronics giant Bang & Olufsen need little introduction. Consistently producing timeless design with high quality materials, B&O have recently released these incredibly beautiful BeoPlay H6 headphones. A pair I have been fortunate enough to test hours on end over the past week. Firstly, the design of the BeoPlay H6 is hugely impressive, striking the right balance of classic and modern design influences, resulting in a simple, elegant, and extremely comfortable pair of headphones. The design itself was conceived by Jakob Wagner, and with a choice of black or natural leather, it is a perfect match for the style-conscious consumer who refuses to compromise quality in sound, design or craftsmanship. The natural, stitched cow leather cover and soft lambskin ear pads, which I am currently using, should age gracefully with use. My favourite design features however, (aside from being the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn) are the detachable audio cable and the ports in both speakers. This not only allows you to decide which side to insert the cable, it also allows you to share your audio with others. For such high-end headphones, there is high expectations for the BeoPlay H6 when it comes to sound quality. Perhaps...


Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda recently designed an exhibition for the Hamburger Bahnhof museum in Berlin, which ran from 28 January to 9 April of this year. The project’s title ‘db‘ (abbr. for decibel) refers to the symmetry of the two halls on the upper level of the museum’s east and west wings, while simultaneously indicating the complementary relationship between the two exhibition spaces. The project is a composition in which time and space are shaped through the most minimal use of sound, light and visual elements. There is a very insightful video of the exhibition, which illustrates just how stunning this work of art is. If you managed to visit the ‘db’ exhibition in person however, please share your thoughts.


Have a listen to Joe Gillmore‘s New Work for 16 Sine Wave Oscillators, Gaussian Noise and Lowpass Filter. It was originally presented as a live work utilising surround sound, but  it has since been mixed down to stereo for the purpose of a limited-edition release on Entr’acte Records. UK publication The Wire hit the nail on the head in stating that the album “is the kind of record you can almost hear just reading the sleevenotes.” And, despite that it is lengthy, the title for this work is very literal (and perhaps non-objective), too. This is electronic music boiled down to its core elements and techniques and is a terrific exploration of the properties of basic, minimal synthesised sound. → Listen on Gillmore’s site


New York City based musician and visual artist Tristan Perich has composed an electronic symphony which resides on a single microchip, named 1-Bit Symphony. 1-Bit Symphony has a similar aesthetic and principle as 1-Bit Music, a project Perich worked on 6 years ago. But this time Perich coded a longer piece of music onto the chip and simplified the components housed in the CD case. “I wanted to respond to the symphonic form and think about how simple audio waveforms (1-bit tones) does not necessarily mean that the music itself must be simplistic. That it could be possible to create a long-form rich composition with 1-bit audio.” – Tristan Perich


Ultra-Violet Live is an improvised live audio visual performance with savage, minimalist and low-fi aesthetics. The artists, French musician Jerome Montagne and video artist Philippe Fontes used nothing more that UV tables and a no-input mixing board. Fontes and Montagne belong to the French electronic art collective Plusmoins (translated: Plus Minus). Their work balances on the fine line between ‘very stimulating’ and ‘disturbing’. Can you handle it?