Just in time for the spring equinox, the official video drooooop for “CirkusWerkus” from Sev Seveer‘s SMITHEREENS release on Beats of All-Nations. Directed by Mike Bump and 119. in Chicago.
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Smithereens is yet another one of my journeys into bringing visual stimuli to sonic fruition. In this case, my prompt and inspiration was Neo-Impressionism, particularly Pointillism. Last year I created an instrumental that eventually went on to be the title track of this project. The song was so complex in nature; I couldn’t even tell you where my mind was when I was arranging it. It wasn’t even a recording that I was sure I liked at first, mostly because of its frantic and composited structure. In an unrelated instance (or maybe it was related, subconsciously) I was reading about Georges Seurat and his role in leading the French Neo-Impressionist movement in the late 1800s. It occurred to me that this style of visual art was the only way I could describe the song that would eventually go on to establish Smithereens as a project. Initially when I began to lay out supporting instrumentals, I made stringent attempts to abide by the complexity of the concept song. I found that it couldn’t be done, and that the beat was truly a moment in time. I then decided to continue studying Pointillism/Divisionism and some of its key characteristics— the progressive yet realistic use of primary colors, lighting, contrast and also very importantly, movement— as my guide in arranging new instrumentals in their own unique way, while still keeping with the prompt.
In music theory, the parallel/counterpart to Pointillism is known as Punctualism. Punctualism essentially gives unique individual life to each note in a piece. Arpeggiated notes of varying pitches, lengths and dynamics take the place of the ‘colored dots’ that you see in pieces such as Seurat’s most famous work, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” The techniques were independently established of course, i.e neither gave birth to the other. Their juxtaposition is largely interpreted perspective.
May 16: Alegria at Harbee’s with Itzi Nallah + Live Percussion
May 18: Push Beats @ Rodan with Uncle El, DJ Bergadelic, Sev Seveer + More
May 22: Styles Upon Styles @ Murasaki Lounge with Sev Seveer, Mr. Fonte, Rice the Sound Transmitter
May 23: CumbiaSazo! @ Double Door w/ Viento Callejero, DJ Quality, King Hippo, Sound Culture and More!
May 24: Mole de Mayo 2015 @ 18th St. & Ashland w/ Chicano Batman, Altered Tapes, Bumbac Joe & More!