We’re back this Sunday, the 30th May 2021 with Edition #14 of the Chill Out Tent, our monthly streaming event celebrating all things calm and chilled out. Another international selection of carefully curated film & music to share with our growing community who gather in the chat room.
More details on all this months contributors over the next few days…
This Sunday, the 25th April it’s Edition #13 of the Chill Out Tent and the second section of the show will feature ELSE, The East London Sound Ensemble. Join us on Mixcloud Live at 17:45 BST
They describe themselves as ‘sound artists, composers and musicians from different backgrounds where we explore new ideas in sound and music by merging the diverse cultural elements in an innovative way. We all come from different backgrounds but we all share an interest in forming an intercultural musical language with using various instruments and electronics in a hybrid way. We are after exploring and producing different sounds and create new music.’
We will be sharing a film of a performance called ‘Neither in time / Nor entirely out of it’
It takes its concept and inspiration from a Turkish poem by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar. Tanpinar is widely regarded as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature. An English transcription of the poem can be found below:
I’m neither in the time Nor entirely out of it I am in an unbreakable stream of a monolithic, wide moment.
With the colour of a strange dream Every shape seems paralysed Even a feather flying in the wind not as light as me.
My head grinds the silence, like a mill infinitely wide Inside of me – has reached its desires, A coatless and cloakless dervish
The world became an ivy, I sense its roots within me. Blue, a light that is so blue I am swimming inside of it
Netiher In Time – Part I Zeynebim (Turkish Folk Song) Transitions Kanuock Raindrops by Hugh Shrapnel Incecikten bir kar yagar (Turkish Folk Song) Masal by Ahmet Adnan Saygun Neither In The Time – Part II
(Part of Equator’s Women of the World series 2021, funded by Cultural Recovery Funds)
Respected London DJ and producer Toby Tobias is closing out tonight’s Edition #12 of the Chill Out Tent with our traditional after party recorded at the Dartmouth Arms. You can expect deep, dubby disco flavoured goodness from Toby’s set tonight, don’t miss it, party starts at 18:00 BST on Mixcloud Live, for now you can enjoy a session he did for Boiler Room in 2013 below…
Obay Alsharani is a Syrian migrant now settled in Sweden, and Sandbox is his debut album. Obay started producing music back in 2013 in his homeland of Syria. His lo-fi productions fused dusty samples of Arabic music with crunchy hip-hop beats, and he gained a dedicated following on Soundcloud after he started releasing his productions under the name Khan El Rouh; “…it was great for escapism from all the horror that was happening outside when we watched what we started as peaceful protests for social equality and freedom of expression descend into a ravaging civil war between a brutal regime and the Islamists who took over the revolution”
As the situation in Damascus worsened, Obay fled Syria eventually being offered a scholarship in Sweden, which led to an extended period in refugee accommodation in the far north of the country while he awaited the result of his residence application. Here he resumed his beat-making, and also sought refuge in the world-building game Minecraft, a place where he could momentarily forget the chaos and destruction in his homeland and the upheaval and uncertainty of his situation in Sweden, and concentrate on creation.
After his residency was granted, Obay found a home and a job but became dissatisfied with his music production. So, inspired by the beauty of the Swedish landscape, the shifting colours of the Northern Lights, and the ambient sounds that had brought him comfort during this turbulent time, particularly C418’s Minecraft soundtrack, the music of Boards of Canada and Colleen, Obay embarked on the production of the deeply personal, calming and sheltering music that became Sandbox.
This coming Sunday 28th March is the 12th monthly Edition of the Chill Out Tent. We’ve been coming together on the last Sunday of each month to celebrate music, art, culture and community for a whole year. What started as a lock down project has grown into an extended global family of supporters, contributors and friends, and to all who have been involved we say a huge ‘thank you!‘ for encouraging us all the way to our first birthday and hopefully beyond.
You can see in our flyer posted above that we’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with legendary artist and illustrator Pete Fowler. The stunning artwork in the flyer is a partial section of an awesome design that Pete created for our birthday celebrations. We’ll be unveiling the whole piece and it’s related merch later this week, expect some excellent T-shirts and totes in eye popping colours.
We’ve got a really special, really chilled international line up for this months birthday event, full details on all the guests & artists over the next couple days. It’ll be the first day ofBritish Summer time and it’s a full moontoo, all pretty good vibes we reckon…
17:45 – Welcome & aperitifs – some new music and videos to get the party started
We’re really excited to be able to share the amazing KHAO ROP from Sarah Bates in the the February version of the Chill Out Tent, it’s Edition #11and it happening this Sunday 28/2/21 at 18:00 GMT. A hallucinatory film, blending Sarah’s music and video work into an immersive journey, it’s not available on line so make sure you join us on Sunday!
‘Thailand is Sarah’s spiritual home. Just before the bug hit, Sarah & her daughter spent months in the jungle over there; she returned to a very different world but was still full of the sun.
Suddenly locked down in her house, Sarah escaped into the hours of video she’d shot while away, working non-stop on assembling a staggering moving collage that’s as far removed from a set of holiday snaps as you could possibly imagine.
With her music production rig set up next to her video workstation, she composed an entirely new soundtrack to match the film – nine classic Sarah Bates moody melters – and after many months of ridiculously hard work, KHAO ROP is now ready for you to discover.
Put simply, it’s an alternate reality that you can disappear into. You will be consumed by this film. There are many meanings to be discovered in it, or u can just blaze one and let it roll over you.’
We always close out our monthly Chill Out Tent livestreams with an after party, where the tempo goes up after the mellowness of the earlier sessions. We’re really honored to have one of the kings of the disco edit,’ Glasgow’s answer to Walter Gibbons’ that’s Scotland’s Al Kent in charge of the party for Edition #10 on Sunday 31/1/21/.