glowLDB are Mohato Lekena, Ross Dorkin and Robin Brink; a Cape Town based collective doing some really interesting things in sound and visuals from their Spin Street studio.
The video above is a audio/visual remix they produced for TEDxStellenbosch in collaboration with the TEDx Global Music Project. Their piece was based on material from the growing archive of TEDx musical performances and sought to explore the TED aesthetic in colour, movement and form.
Mohato, otherwise known as producer and DJ Wildebeats, is a UCT Computer Science graduate pursuing a Masters degree at the UCT Centre for Research in ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development). His current research focuses on the design of novel and intuitive interfaces for drum sequencing on mobile phones.
Ross is the bass guitarist in the band Beatenberg who graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music (specialising in Composition). Currently he is at work on a series of electroacoustic compositions for Sometimes, most recently composing a set of three new site and time specific electroacoustic works known as Here: 3 Pieces – Mauve.
Robin, who you might know as the drummer from Beatenberg, also makes music under the name OX++, holds a BA in English and Interactive Media Production from UCT, and is the visual artist of the group. These are a few of his paintings completed last year (and which you can see more of on his Behance page) –
glowLDB’s latest project is known as Aperture, a video podcast project which aims to spotlight some of Cape Town’s finest underground DJs and producers. They let us know more about it:
We’re out to create memorable portraits of underground Cape Town artists. We host parties at which these artists play sets of their own and other material. These performances are filmed and we record in-depth and entertaining interviews with the artists.
The project aims to transcend the usual presentation of artists in our age – rather than throwing just parties, we are creating documents of our unique and evolving scene. At the same time we want our audiences to feel part of this unique experience.
Aperture goes beyond simply broadcasting music, we’re capturing experiences. Our cinematographic style is intended to capture the ‘point of view’ feeling of being immersed in the crowd. We’re going deeper than the music to focus on the creators.
Here’s the first episode featuring Damascus:
Extra credits: Ts’eliso Monaheng, Donovan Marais.
Aperture will be hosted monthly at venues around Cape Town and the second installment takes place tonight at its a house. glowLDB says, “For the second episode of Aperture we chose TehSynes because we felt that his drum’n’bass and jungle sensibility would be the perfect contrast to our previous performer Damascus’s eclectic downtempo beats.”