A joint project of the British Council together with creative agency Flying Object, digital production company Roll Studio, Mix the City is an international online platform that unites music, cities and people that allows everyone to make a video mix about their favorite cities by mixing samples recorded by musicians in the most interesting venues across the world.
Mix the City was initially created in Tel Aviv and then bounced to Istanbul and the Balkans, there the project was curated by Ghost poet, a UK based recording artist. Following the great success of previous versions, Mix the City came to Moscow and will continue its way to Germany, Mexico, and India. In Moscow, the project was curated by Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell (The 2 Bears).
Mix the City Moscow launch will take place 22 July 1016 as part of the Selector Pro music forum. The creators of the project will present the online platform and discuss how modern technology can unite listeners and artists, how brands help develop the musical culture and how the urban environment becomes the inspiration for musicians.
Among participants of the discussion: Emmanuel Witzthum, the initiator of the project, The 2 Bears, curators of the Mix the City Moscow together with local musicians who will be featured on the platform: Naadia, Jekka and Peter Theremin.
Moderator of the discussion – Artemy Troitsky
The authors of ten best mixes created on the Mix the City Moscow and shared on social media with the hashtag #mixthecityrussia (up to 23 July 2016, 15:00) will be invited to the Selector PRO closing party and attend the concert by Actress & London Contemporary Orchestra.
Emmanuel Witzthum is the Head of Arts at the British Council Israel and a talented musician. He cooperates with a lot of famous partners and organisations across the US, Europe and Asia including Google Israel, the arts centre Matadero Madrid, the largest exhibition on innovation Futur en Seine in Paris, The University of California Berkeley, and many others. As a musician, Emmanuel has performed with many renowned ensembles and orchestras, including Ensemble Inter Contemporain in France under Pierre Boulez recording with the ensemble for Deutsche Gramophone, The Berlin Staadtskappelle, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Emmanuel Vittsum is a visiting composer at the Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music in Paris (IRCAM) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Berlin.
Emmanuel will share the story about the origins of Mix the City and what ideas contributed to the development of this project, how the online platform was created and how online technologies allow us to launch large-scale projects to a global audience.
The 2 Bears
Music unites people and it was the music that once united Raphael ‘Raf Daddy’ Rundell and Joe Goddard, producer and the production warp drive from the electronic band Hot Chip. They met while working together at the legendary Greco-Roman parties and since then the 2 Bears have bounced from Brixton to Tel Aviv via Cape Town, sharing the decks and delivering a memorable blend of house, techno, ragga and more to almost every continent.
Over the past years Moscow-based band Naadia has been firmly established as one of the best representatives of indie music in Russia. Hypnotic and astonishing songs by Naadia instantly spread out through music blogs, and it became compared with to The XX, James Blake, and other pop-experimental musicians. For last 2 years Naadia has played more than 80 shows in Russia, widely touring, and performed at all notable local festivals, sharing the stage with Kasabian, Placebo, Warpaint, Jon Hopkins, etc. Now Naadia is playing around the world: the band had performed at Red Bull Soundergound festival (Sao-Paulo, Brazil), Sziget Festival (Budapest, Hungary), Sputnik Festival (Warsaw, Poland) Russia Music Change showcase (Stockholm, Sweden). Naadia's live shows are always unexpected experience: the band works with video-art and produces many unusual projects with child choirs, tesla coil machines, and innovative technologies. In 2014, Naadia was chosen to be the one from Best New Artists by Itunes Russia. Her debut eponymous album was named one of the best records of 2014 by Hypem.com, Afisha-Volna, Colta.ru and others.
Moscow-based singer Eugenia Nedosekina, better known as Jekka regained popularity by her emotional concert sets, she released several EP, recorded a track with the producer of Digits, performed a memorable set at the StereoLето festival and became the only woman to be invited to the three-day Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp.
Besides, Eugenia is studying architecture and is very interested in the world of high-tech. While creating her music in the eclectic electronic pop genre, Jekka uses new technologies, iPad Apple, and gadgets of all kinds which makes her music exclusively digital.
Peter Theremin is a thereminist, composer, poet, the great-grandson of Leon Theremin who created this unique electronic instrument. Peter Theremin performs classical, contemporary, jazz and electronic music, as well as his own improvisations: in his live-sets, Peter Theremin synthesizes sound and images using hand movements and various gestural controllers. Peter Theremin is the theremin's greatest popularizer, Head of Russian Theremin School (the only theremin School in Europe and on the territory of the former Soviet Union), author of the series of lectures on the history of electronic music from the beginning of XX century. Peter Theremin is a regular participant of many large-scale projects and festivals such as Save@Arma17, The Museum Night, The Polytech Festival, Geek Picnic, Stereoleto, and many others. Peter Theremin was awarded the Russian President's Prize for talented youth and is the Delphic Games of Russia diploma winner.