“For this piece, I was inspired by an ambient tune from my youth called ‘Little Fluffy Clouds” by a band called The Orb… a classic piece of psychedelic electronica which remained in my life since the first time I’ve experienced it as a teenager. For the artwork, I wanted to rework the original cover by The Designers Republic as it was a time in my life where the music and the art collided in a way that made sense to me. For my version, I created an image using photography and printed it on fabric which was individually wrapped around 16 vinyl sleeves containing 16 records from my youth that spans all genres from disco to unreleased drum and bass tunes.”
Max Lane | Sunday Morning (2014)
"Nostalgia is memory with the pain removed." - Herbert Eugene Caen
"The song in its original recorded glory (The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967) is easy on the ears, and can evoke ample rustic charms, riding wistful woes, finally settling on solace in less then 3 minutes.
As far as I can remember, the first time I heard the celesta twinkling through this number, I was possibly four or five. Till now, that heavenly keys combined with Lou Reed’s airy whispers possessed this majestic force that transports me back to various moments in time.
And as time persists, some layers of the past just get amplified."
- Max Lane
In Memory of Shalahudin Johari (1971-2009)
Brandon Tay | Dead Cities (2014)
"Dead Cities was the first IDM album I ever got for myself as a teenage. I guess the evocative, haunted title of the album and the song formed the soundtrack of those strange lost years when as a boy, I would pore through the amazing album sleeve and imagine the closest faraway place: a mythical London viewed through 2000 AD comics, JG Ballard and half-remembered childhood snippets of Blade Runner dubbed to third-hand VHS copies. After all these years, even though that place has faded into a slightly queasy nostalgia, it's nice to redraw those maps of Dead Cities for posterity."
- Brandon Tay
Natalie Pixiedub and Jack Tan | Whir (2015)
"Whirring yourself around, just to fall back down..."
'Whir' by the Smashing Pumpkins was one of the seminal songs that helped Natalie through a terrible puberty, filled with negative emotions from a combination of misplaced hormones and assumptions. From the album of B-sides titled Pisces Iscariot (1994), 'Whir' was a tune that Natalie could relate to for its melancholic lyrics of quiet defeat and withdrawal, yet had a chord progression in the chorus that suggested hope. The work tries to emulate the same emotions she felt listening to the song. Lyrics were hand-cut and stenciled into the record, then coated with glow-in-the-dark paint. While the song meant a lot during puberty, it means even more in the present, having allowed Natalie to work with her father for the very first time. Jack designed and hand-built the mechanism that allows visitors to make the record whir.
Kiat | Schismatrix (2014)
Kiat | I.A.M. (2014)
8 artists, inspired by 8 songs each from Singapore musicians, create a work of art to be exhibited and sold with proceeds going towards the Autism Association of Singapore
About the piece
"I've chosen "I.A.M." by Octover as it represents a future devoid of true raw human emotion where we have become so integrated with our machines that we have already started to lose ourselves in the quest for technological advance. Whenever I hear this tune, it also transports me to a smoky intergalactic subterranean lounge where beings from other worlds and dimensions gather to relax. No words are exchanged in these places, only thoughts. For this very personal piece, I've created an image using photography as my medium and had my final image printed on raw linen. The panels were then individually wrapped over 16 vinyls from my own personal archives that dates back to the first time I've met Jason Tan in 1993." - Kiat