STILL/CURRENT was composed for choreographer Russell Maliphant's duet of the same name by long-time collaborator Mukul, and commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, London.
The idea of a physical, published record was born during rehearsals of the duet, for which RYSUNKU founder Jan Urbanowski had designed video projections. It is the second release on the label after Jan's own EP under the alias Yahshu. RYSUNKU releases innovative sound work in very limited numbered vinyl editions. Initial releases are designed by renowned art collective Tomato.
Mukul Patel (*1971) is co-director of ambientspace, an artist-run studio in London that has been producing critical, intermedia work at the intersection of society and technology since 2001. He plays predominantly with sound, language, and processes. His work takes many forms – including music and sound art, participatory installations and public interventions, film scripts, experi- mental fiction and children's book. He has worked with artist-filmmaker Manu Luksch (over more than a decade), Tilda Swinton, Isaac Julien, and choreographers including Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh, Christopher Wheeldon and The Ballet Boyz. Formal- ly, he is strongly influenced by 1960s-70s conceptual practice, the music of North India, and the French literary-mathematical group Oulipo.
Prior to his work with dance on stage, in the 1990s Mukul was intimately involved with dance in the club context, not least as a resident at the much-missed Blue Note in Hoxton on the groundbreaking Monday night, Anokha. (No night was normal, but throwing beats to Squarepusher on bass with ghazal singer Hariharan battling Björk on vocals was not atypical). Later, when Anokha moved to The End, he curated a room with guest DJs from Matthew Herbert to the late Charlie Gillett. At the parallel Sunday night lounge/listening club Calcutta Cyber Café (Brick Lane), he gave a platform to minimalists and rhythm terrorists alike (Zoviet*France, Muslimgauze).
Published: 12th March 2015