21st Faith

21stfaith

We are a collaborative research project, investigating and questioning faith as a human feeling. 

This publication presents 32 creative projects created for an exhibition in October 2017 at The Workshop, Lambeth. 

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21st Faith,

by The Recollector.

Acknowledging mixing as an independent art form is still on an ongoing path.

Most people do not consider the added value audio mixing can bring to a piece of music.

As arrangement and interpretation can be considered as a creative process in music

production, mixing should be equally recognised. An ear does not process information

in a linear way as our brain does. Ears process music with it’s full spectrum of frequency

at once and has temporary memory in its analytic process. Lots of DJ’s have mentioned

the correlation between volume gradients and crowds reaction: you can play a track

at a different growth level through time and the people that are impacted by it will not

react the same way each time. This has motivated impressive engineering research

towards rotatory mixers and equalizers throughout the years…

Larry Levan was the first man to popularise audio mixing as a specific art form

with his three turntables technique. His legacy is challenged more than ever with the

democratisation of DJing. On one hand, the breakdown of music industry at the end

of the XXth century has forced promoters to book artists with a heavy fan base instead

of DJs to put on a successful show. On the other hand, technical progress has been

helping more young DJs in becoming a simple “human juke-box”, the art of DJing

has been loosing its resonance over time.

This has brought me in pursuing the lost art of mixing through production and DJ

mixes. Using speed shift, un-beatmatched samples, dubs, edits and three to four channels

mixing skills, I have conceptualised my vision of faith in the 21st century in this 40 minute

piece of music.

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice.

The Recollector: I’m first and foremost

a DJ. For me DJing is much more than just

playing other’s music. It’s about mixing,

fusing melodies and atmosphere that are

already very complex into one unique music

momentum. DJing is about telling a story,

making people discovering new music

genres without even feeling that particular

change. It’s about proving that music

has no boundaries of any sorts.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

Well the subject first, because Faith

is actually facing a big ideological revolution

at the moment. I’d say that before, Faith

and dogma were bounded and that bound

would not face any doubt. But recently,

it has been taken away from dogma.

Now some people are trying to reattach

it by revisiting the notions of dogma

or simplify the subject by making faith

stand by its own. For me, faith is important

because it gives you a direction and allows

many people to move forward and achieve

things.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

I honestly have no idea what role it will

play but I’m confident that it will have a big

influence in our future because faith is

the thing that makes people find a way

and our generation have definitely lost

its way.

The Recollector: soundcloud.com/therecollector 87