KWEKU COLLINS: TECHNOLOGY'S PLACE IN MUSIC
In the November 2015 edition of the IEEE Potentials magazine, famed digital artist Eyal Gever denotes the prime purpose of art to be a medium that conveys a message, a meaning and/or an idea through the use of visuals or music. He describes technology as simply another new tool that time and progress have provided artists with—no different than the white canvas used by legends like Van Gogh or the harpsichord that Bach so loved. In fact, technology allows for the preservation of art because it is a much sturdier conduit than, for example, the time-worn papers upon which Mozart composed his symphonies.
YG’S BALLAD ON BEING BROWN
A towering black bookcase stacked to the brim with Colt 45s is the first item to enter my line of vision in the sparsely furnished room acting as host for YG’s 4Hunnid pop-up shop. Black and white tiled floors glow pinkish in the red light with a menacing allure. I feel as though I am caught in a room that is a cross between someone’s kitchen and a mad house from the ’70s. Apparel decorates a sprinkling of racks, camo sweatshirts and black tees gleaming in the crimson light.
MELO-X CURATES THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY
A lone dancehall riddim suddenly blares from the speakers at Baby’s All Right, showering the audience with bass and drums, as icy-white, diamond-shaped lights blink excitedly, angelically outlining MeLo-X’s dreadlocked figure as he coos to the audience and eagerly waves his hands. The Brooklyn-born artist has always retained a sense of duality within his work, merging visual arts with experimental music in a variety of genres, including hip hop, reggae, and electronica.