May 7th, 2014

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Art is a lot about reimagining. Using different images and symbols in new ways, to convey new meanings; collaging what we know and expanding upon it. I think this is definitely more evident than ever with the increasingly frequent use of sampling…whether it be audio, video, or other mediums. We’ve come to the point now where many artists solely rely on this…sometimes to poke fun at tradition or to reminisce about the past.

These kinds of ideas rolled about while I conversed with today’s guest. To continue entertaining you while we count down to the anniversary party, I bring you prolific recording artist Alex Koenig. Alex records under the name Nmesh, and our discussion mainly focuses on his two latest releases, ‘Dream Sequins’ and ‘Nu Wav. Hallucinations’. These albums are heavily layered audio collages of media from the 80’s and 90’s…everything from pop music, advertisements, news clips, and video game sound effects. For Alex, it’s equal parts nostalgia and irony.

I caught wind of Alex’s work while I was perusing the album reviews on the site Tiny Mix Tapes. The cover of Dream Sequins caught my eye and as I streamed the audio, it caught my ear. I noticed an audio clip from one of our local news stations, and so here we are.

You can find his vast body of work here.

Enjoy our discussion below.

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Music to my ears

Good afternoon, readers..bloggers, what have you…

I feel like my favorite kind of music is the kind that creates more of an environment…a place, instead of a song. My next two coming up guests do just that, but in different ways.

Alex Koenig’s latest work through his music project NMesh are dense soundscapes of audio pulled from various media of the 80’s & 90’s. I told him it reminded me of a ‘haunted Youtube loop’. His newest release, Dream Sequins, has been getting a pretty healthy dose of positive press.

You can listen to it, as well as his other many albums, at the NMesh Bandcamp. Alex’s episode will air May 7th.

Coming up May 28th will be the force behind Phourist, Nick Hill. Phourist sometimes has a ‘dark concert hall sound’, and others a rock structure with narratives that will get you daydreaming. You can hear his work at his website or catch him at The Rudyard Kipling tonight. The show starts around 8, with a five dollar cover charge.

Possibilities for the upcoming months….

Maybe a retro-futuristic sculptor, with heavy symbolism.

Possibly filmmakers of a different variety, who make videos created with the goal of invoking some kind of feeling.

Definitely a crazy event showcasing creative folks worth celebrating.

If you’re lucky…a pretty familiar face, for those eccentric record nerds hanging around the city.

I’ll leave you with these encouraging words.

Cheers!