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  • LEONARDO MUSIC JOURNAL

   
I am very happy to announce that my piece "Storage 1896 - 2015" was included in the latest issue of the peer reviewed Leonardo Music Journal, published by MIT Press. The editor in chief is Nicolas Collins, author of Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, one of my favourite books ever. The audio companion to this issue was compiled by Lukas Ligeti.

Find the Leonardo Music Journal here

"Storage 1896 - 2015" is a variation on an installation from an exhibition called Rituals of the Living at Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg and is comprised of recordings of these empty rooms, resonant frequencies amplified in an attempt to call out from the dark empty spaces a felt presence. Listen to the piece here
   
       
  • FESTIVAL D'ART URBAIN // ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR

   
Festival d'Art Urbain is a 3 week residency with artists from Madagascar, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and France culminating in a festival of public installations, interventions and performances.

In this time I developed instruments together with artists from Antananarivo and formed The Malagsy Noise Orchestra. The instruments ranged from percussive stringed intruments made from found objects to simple synthesizers controlled by contacts embedded in canvas, manipulated by the act of painting.

More about Is'Art Gallerie and La Teinturerie here
   
       
  • JOHANNESBURG MASSIVE GOES TO CHALE WOTE STREET ART FESTIVAL // ACCRA, GHANA

   
The journey of a multidisciplinary South African arts collective towards collaborating with Ghanaian counterparts at Chale Wote Street Arts Festival in Accra, 2015.

Watch the JHB Massive crowd funding video here

More about Chale Wote and Accra [dot] Alt here
   
       
  • LIFTED // MINI POPS JUNIOR [JOÃO ORECCHIA REMIX]

   
Enjoyed making this remix for my old friends in Berlin, Mini Pops Junior.

Listen to it here
   
       
  • UNCLES & ANGELS BY NELISIWE XABA AND MOCKE J VAN VEUREN [MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN BY JOÃO ORECCHIA

   
This adaptation of the theatrical performance into a 3D film won the FNB Art Prize at the Johannesburg FNB Art Fair in 2013.

Read more about it here
   
       
  • SOUTH AFRICA X SOUTH FLORIDA: ETERNAL PEASANT REMIXES

   
This free download EP consists of 5 remixes of songs from Eternal Peasant by artists from Johannesburg and Miami.

Remixes by Dirty Paraffin, The Borther Moves On, Ashworth, ARK IX and Motèl Mari.

Download for free here.
   
       
  • IYEZA BY KUDZANAI CHIURAI GOES TO SUNDANCE

   
For the soundtrack to his video piece based on the last supper, Chiurai brought Thandiswa Mazwai together with Motèl Mari to adapt her song Iyeza and perform it live along with the video at the opening of his exhibition, State of the Nation.

The film has gone to the Sundance Film Festival, showing in the short film competition. This film together with Creation [music by João Orecchia] won the Joburg FNB Art Prize in 2012.

More about it here.
   
       
  • KWANZAA KREW VIDEO: DO LIKE!

   
Kwanzaa Krew are a cross-continental party crew of mythical proportions including: Boss Generale, Daktari Poa, Tangawizi, Random Rasta aka Rolls Royce, hatari.mouse, Paddington Bear, Juvenal da Silva and featured friends. They are DJs, selektas, music fanatics, and all-round performance p-art-yists...

Mystical forces have the Krew producing nearly identical beats simultaneously with Chicago rapper Chief Keef.

Watch Chief Keef's I Don't Like here.

Watch Kwanzaa Krew's Do Like here.
   
       
  • WATCH MOTÈL MARI'S OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR JUST LIKE A KING

   
Motèl Mari's first music video from their debut album, Eternal Peasant, written and directed by Mpumelelo Mcata.

Watch the video and other video experiments here.
   
       
  • RADIO FEATURE ON ARTS AND CULTURE IN JOHANNESBURG

   
France Culture Radio was in Johannesburg producing this two part report on Johannesburg's arts and culture and met up with João Orecchia at a point. It's part of a series called Ville-Mond which looks at cities around the world. French only.

Part 1 here.

Part 2 here.
   
       
  • SMALL WORLDS INSTALLATION REVIEW

   
Artist/musician/inventor Brendon Bussy writes about the Sounding Out exhibition, on at the Bag Factory (www.bagfactoryart.org.za) till 18 July.

Read what he's written here.
   
       
  • LISTEN TO TRACKS FROM ETERNAL PEASANT AND DOWNLOAD

   
   
       
  • ETERNAL PEASANT: NEW ALBUM BY JOÃO ORECCHIA'S MOTÈL MARI

   
Eternal Peasant is dropping on vinyl and download July 2012 on Other Electricities.

Motèl Mari are João Orecchia, Mpumelelo Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba. Shortly after landing in Johannesburg in 2004, Orecchia, a Brooklyn born and schooled wanderer, who wound up in Berlin as a teenager messing with experimental punk before moving years later to South Africa, heard some talk about a psychedelic afro rock outfit called BLK JKS. They became fast friends and have been working together on projects ever since. Mpumi and Tshepang (guitar and drums respectively) contributed to João's 2009 album, Hands & Feet, and would often join him on stage, adding thunderous beats and general bigness to the otherwise textural and floating soundscapes. Slowly they started becoming a band.
   
       
  • OUT THERE: JOÃO ORECCHIA'S WEEKLY RADIO SHOW ON EXOERIMENTAL MUSIC AND SOUND

   
ICR or Invisible Cities Pirate Radio is an alternative to mainstream radio in Johannesburg.

Recorded shows available for download here.
   
       
  • DOMUS MIXTAPE #7: THE SOUND OF JOHANNESBURG

   
"BLK JKS and Athi-Patra Ruga team up to provide a wide swath of Johannesburg's textures and genres, weaving a powerful and challenging narrative that jumpstarts from the streets and shines light on the unlit corners from houses to basements, warehouses to skyscrapers."

Includes a João Orecchia remix of Serengeti & Polyphonic's Don't Give Up and an interview about Invisible Cities.

Download it here.
   
       
  • C.9INE'S HOUSE REMIX OF SEE YOU LATER

   
South African house duo C.9ine remixed João Orecchia's See You Later. The remix is called Wonder. Look out for another version by João Orecchia's Motèl Mari, dropping on Other Electricities July 2012..

Watch the video here.
   
       
  • JOÃO ORECCHIA'S MUSIC AT JOBURG ART FAIR 2011

   
Lisa Jaffe of Guillotine (fashion designer)
Mary Wafer (artist)
Jillian Ross of David Krut Print Workshop (printmaker)
João Orecchia (musician)

Expanding on a one-off performance piece Monotype; involving printmaking, two artists, a designer and the endless train of a dress (performed for SA Fashion week in 2010) Jaffe, Ross and Orecchia have decided this year to move away from a one-off piece into the next step in printmaking; the creation of an edition. Last year's project involved artist Maja Maljević and architect Eduardo Cachucho, this year's project is influenced by a woodcut by Mary Wafer and the production of a limited edition clothing range by Guillotine.

For First Cut: Paper Scissors Block Print, Wafer has created a four-piece woodcut (132 x 156 cm) that has been transferred and hand-printed onto fabrics, and later paper, by DKW printmaker Jillian Ross and assistants that ensures each garment is unique. João Orecchia has recorded the sounds made while carving a woodblock, from the electric dremel tool to the traditional carving tools. Mary Wafer's work explores the architectural interiors of apartment-block basements, the ceilings of parking garages and the occasional loose wires tumbling down. Lisa Jaffe looks at the importance of the interior of the garment and often exposes it, turning it inside out. This piece finds inspiration from the traditional woodblock medium and the exploration of "the interior".
   
       
  • CIRCUITOUS ROUTES, LUKAS LIGETI & JOÃO ORECCHIA, WALLACE RECORDS 2011

   
This is a split 7" with three improvised pieces on one side by Lukas Ligeti on drums and piezo microphone and João Orecchia on electronics, guitar, harmonica and voice. The other side is by Evan Parker and Walter Prati. Released by Italian label Wallace Records. It is part of an ongoing series of split 7"s called PhonoMetak.
   
       
  • JOÃO ORECCHIA AND JOSEPH SUCHY AT DAVID KRUT GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG

   
Intermittent was a site-specific installation with intermittent performances by João Orecchia and Joseph Suchy. From Monday 18 July, 2011 to Saturday 23 July, 2011 João Orecchia and Joseph Suchy experimented with spatial relationships of sound at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg. By exploring potential combinations of sound making objects from musical instruments to self-built circuits and methods of sound manipulation, the two worked to find the point where an auditory environment and a physical landscape and a new form of dynamic, living musical composition cease to be separate constructs and form a holistic experience to mirror the artists' views on sound.

Each day Orecchia and Suchy adjusted and rearranged objects and speakers in the space, searching for sonic relationships. They performed twice a day for one hour at a time. At the end of each performance they had created a sonic and visual landscape that stood until the next performance.

   
       
  • SOUND INSTALLATION AT INDABA 2011

 

Using sounds recorded in far reaching spaces of Johannesburg, João Orecchia has carefully rebuilt an abstracted image of the city; a shifting dynamic image that captures the spirit of Johannesburg. INDABA 2011 is the fourth largest tourism fair in the world.

7 - 10 May 2011, Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC), South Africa

   
       
  • FREE DOWNLOAD - OTHER ELECTRICITIES MIX TAPE FOR REDEFINE MAGAZINE

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Check out this mix tape for Redefine Magazine, including my remix of Serengeti and Polyphonic's Lately and Gold to Green from my album Hands and Feet. 

Download it here

   
       
  • ARTICLE ON ATJOBURG.NET

   
Read this great article about my current project: a graphic score to guide the live performance of a soundtrack to the Czech surrealist masterpiece, Alice, by Jan Svankmajer here
   
       
  • JOÃO ORECCHIA ON NEWBANDDAILY.COM

  This is a pretty cool site telling you about, well, a new band daily. Check it out here
   
       
  • COKE MACHINE GLOW: FANTASY COVERS

   
Check out Coke Machine Glow's Fantasy Covers podcast featuring João Orecchia's cover of Two Blue Lights by Songs:Ohia. Download it here
   
       
  • DE LOS MUERTOS FROM HANDS & FEET INCLUDED ON BYTE FM GOON MAGAZINE'S MIXTAPE

   
The theme this month: Music that is "kindlich, naiv, verspielt, unschuldig": childlike, naive, playful, innocent.

Find it here