memoris - gunnar.grimsson

performed live in Reykjavik 30.11.2021

dedicated to all the wonderful people that have blessed me with music 

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BMB con. perform with Constant's own "electronic controller" from 1968.

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This 8’00” piece is mainly composed out of audio files from image to sound-software. Some of the original sketches of the ‘New Babylon’ project of Constant Nieuwenhuys were the visible input. Next to the rough data swaps of ‘raw’ files in between photo editing software and audio editing software, the app ‘Virtual ANS’ is used. Based upon the principles of the ANS photo-electric instrument that Sovjet engineer Evgeny Murzin developed in between 1937 and 1957, the ‘Virtual ANS’ transforms the slopes, structures, pixels, surfaces and lines of a drawing or photograph into a drone soundscape.

This translation through the means of old and new technology refers to some extent to the expectations of a better life for human kind in a future that one expects – and expected - to be the plain result of all the steps in the tech revolution. That progress not only benefits, is already a certainty provided from the past.

Paul Devens

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Cicada Jubilee

Field recording; Cicadas of Unknown Brood, North America

Debts are canceled in New Babylon and you are free to join the ecstatic swarms in their cicada games.

The Cicada and the Ant

La Fontaine’s Fables, 17th C. France

Cicada, having sung her song

All summer long,

Found herself without a crumb

When winter winds did come.

Not a scrap was there to find

Of fly or earthworm, any kind.

Hungry, she ran off to cry

To neighbor Ant, and specify:

Asking for a loan of grist,

A seed or two so she’d subsist

Just until the coming spring.

She said, "I’ll pay you everything

Before fall, my word as animal,

Interest and principal."

Well, no hasty lender is the Ant;

It’s her finest virtue by a lot.

"And what did you do when it was hot?"

She then asked this mendicant.

"To all comers, night and day,

I sang. I hope you don’t mind."

"You sang?" Why, my joy is unconfined.

Now dance the winter away."

Image: Code of Hammurabi, legal text from “Old Babylon” that periodically forgave debts. Engraved sculpture, Louvre Museum.

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Score for the Body, the Building and the Soul 

for the New Babylon building complex in Den Haag

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Section 28 / NEAMC perform a graphic score made from stolen pieces of "New Babylon Den Haag" made in 1964 by Constant. 

The collaged shapes define the "spaces for play" for the musicians.

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Simple Minds - New Gold Dream

The Ruts - Babylon's Burning

The Fall - It's The New Thing

Gregory Isaacs - Babylon Too Rough

Sex Pistols - New York

5 Seconds Of Summer - Babylon

The Adverts - New Church

Matthijn Buwalda - Babylon

Section 25 - New Horizon

Radical Dance Faction - Babylon

Swans - New Mind

Current 93 - The Descent Of Long Satan and Babylon

The Cramps - New Kind Of Kick

Aphrodite's Child - Babylon

The Damned - New Rose

A.I.Z ‎- La Bête 666

Nicole Campau - New Fashion

The Black Dog feat. Ofra Haza - Babylon (Hammurabi)

Pink Industry - New beginnings

Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon

Mark Foggo - New Shoes

Boney M - Rivers of Babylon

Oppenheimer Analysis - New Mexico

Natacha Atlas - Diaspora

Depeche Mode - New Life

The Legendary Pink Dots - The Whore Of Babylon

Frank Sinatra - Theme From New York, New York

Muslimgauze ‎– Babylon Iz Iraq - Untitled #1

Psychic TV - New Sexuality

Bonnie Prince Billy - Babylon System

Lou Reed - New Sensations

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Babylon System

Velvet Underground - New Age

Lady Gaga - Babylon

The Eagles - New Kid In Town

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - The Road to Babylon

Tuxedomoon - New Machine

DISL Automatic - Burn Babylon Burn

Beyonce - New Shoes

Sylford Walker - Chant Down Babylon

The Slits - Newtown

Dead Can Dance - Babylon

Beastie Boys - The New Style

Thievery Corporation - The Richest Man In Babylon

Das Racist - Brand New Dance

The Cockney Rejects - Where The Hell Is Babylon

Ministry - N.W.O 

Celtic Frost - Babylon Fell

Wiseblood - Where Evil Dwells

Prince Far I - Babylon Walls

Gus & the NEAMC - New Babylon

Shellac - New Number Order

King Tubby / Vivian Jackson - Chant Down Babylon

The Cure - New Day

Bad Brains - Destroy Babylon

Iggy Pop - New Values

Catholic Discipline - Underground Babylon

Pet Shop Boys - New York City Boy

Steely Dan - Babylon Sisters

Kanye West - New Slaves

King Tubby - Babylon (dub)

Clock DVA - NYC Overload

Me & The Heat - Babylon, Babylon

Clifton Campbell & Trinity - A New Civilisation

Icho Candy - Babylon

Nina Hagen - New York New York

The Slits - Love Und Romance

Discharge - New World Order

Mtkid - Babylon

Duran Duran - New Moon On Monday

Ekali ft. Denzel Curry – Babylon

4 Skins - Brave New World

Bokke8 - Babylon

Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

Kontra K - Babylon

U2 - New Year's Day

David Gray - Babylon

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - New Day

SZA - Babylon ft. Kendrick Lamar

The Rolling Stones - New Faces

Dr. John - Babylon

David Bowie - New Killer Star

Gabe Lee - Babylon

This Heat - A New Kind Of Water

Johnny Clarke - Babylon

Johnny Cash - City of New Orleans

Эндшпиль - Мой Babylon

The Clash - Brand New Cadillac

Congorock - Babylon

Siouxsie & the Banshees - New Skin

YUGO - Babylon 

The Fall - New Face In Hell

Yzomandias & Gumbgu - Babylon

The Fall - New Puritan

Soulfly - Babylon

Linton Kwesi Johnson - New Crass Massahkah

Sunny Riot - Babylon

Flux Of Pink Indians - Neu Smell

Lorena - Tower of Babylon

The Wall - New Way

Ghazi - Babylon

UK Subs - New Order

Nasio Fontaine - Babylon

Killing Joke - A New Day

The Meditations - Babylon Trap Them

Gorilla Biscuits - New Direction 

Baby Cham - Babylon Bwoy

Asian Dub Foundation - New Way, New Life

The Misfits - Hollywood Babylon

John Mayor - New Light

Prince Douglas - March Down Babylon Dub

Sinéad O'Connor - The Emperor's New Clothes

Scientist - Mr. Babylon Dub

tpinnyc - New Wave Country

Gregory Isaacs - Babylon Too Rough

Snoop Dogg - New Wave (feat. Mali Music)

Sylford Walker - Burn Babylon

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Rolling Stones (2018) for Purls & Jars

Composed by Ji Youn Kang

Performed by Ji Youn Kang & Mei Yi Lee

3rd/June/2018 Studio Loos Den Haag

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Privacy Notice from New Babylon. 

All text from the website 

Sounds from covertly recorded electromagnetic fields.

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An excerpt from one of Constant's own soundtracks for New Babylon (c. 1968). (by kind permission of Fondation Constant)

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Composition and navigation: Suzana Lașcu

Cover art: based on an image by Constant Nieuwenhuys

A sound walk meant to further unsettle the perception of an already unsettling space. 

Partially against the notion of preventing documentation out of privacy concerns, this piece dwells on the artificiality and superficiality of an otherwise monotonous building complex, that is New Babylon.  

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Recorded in 3D entirely underground in the Upper Gallery, Peak Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire, UK.

double-W are Phil Wolstenholme and Dominika Wroblewska. Two artists from visual backgrounds, approaching sound.

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An excerpt from one of Constant's own soundtracks for New Babylon (c. 1968) with kind permission of Fondation Constant.

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An endless composition played by Ensemble Callenbach. W.Weston 2021

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piano: Akane Takada.

music: Yota Morimoto.

a fragment of a piano piece composed and recorded in new babylon. unlike its original form this version is devoid of parts other than the piano. the emptiness and the somewhat decontextualized musical time leave space for the 'raw' resonance.

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"All you left us with was a pile of books, yer cunts."

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On one of these rainy Autumn evenings, I sneaked into the New Babylon building located behind the Den Haag Central Station, with a broken-wheel heavy suitcase of mine, while I was back in Den Haag from Berlin after one of these perpetual travels. As I entered the foyer, there was some loading and unloading taking place around the adjacent Albert Heijn. There were a few passersby as well walking shadily through the deserted and semi-darkened corridors. The broken wheels of my suitcase were enlivening the paranormal underbelly of this building with nomadic sonic utterances. There were a few migratory birds outside proclaiming the coming of evening in rapturous murmurs. I took out my recording device, and started to chronicle these emergent interactions in mediated aural traces, before its battery went out. I brought these sounds home, and re-listened to them. This listening formed the work Berlin Babylon and a Migratory Bird in which a bird literally entered and left a trace as an expired memory. 

Acknowledgements: the unnamed birds, the loaders/unloaders, and the broken wheels of my suitcase.

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