Imagining New Communities in the Digital Age: A Multimedia Performance Featuring Low End Theory
Visions and Voices
Live music in genres ranging from hip hop to electronica will merge with visual design and computer-generated graphics created by Low End Theory, a legendary Los Angeles club night. Visionary artists and breakthrough sounds will come together to imagine new forms of communities and space.
Bovard Auditorium will be transformed into an interactive artistic and community space in a multimedia event that will reverberate around the world. Live music in genres ranging from hip hop to electronica will merge with avant-garde technologies, including projection mapping, live visual design and computer generated graphics created by Low End Theory, a legendary Los Angeles club night. Held weekly in Los Angeles, monthly in San Francisco and quarterly in Japan, Low End Theory supports visionary artists, breakthrough sounds and vibrant artistic community. Performers will include legendary producer Daddy Kev, DJGaslamp Killer, turntablist D-Styles, producer/performer Nobody, freestyle rapper Nocando and visual designer Strangeloop. The event will be simulcast online to reach a global network of participants, and will include a roundtable discussion with the artists, New York University professor Nicholas Mirzoeff, USC professor Josh Kun and USC lecturer Seth Michelson.
About the Artists:
A legendary left-field Los Angeles club night that draws hundreds of fans every Wednesday night to the Airliner in Lincoln Heights, Low End Theory is known across the globe for supporting visionary artists, promoting breakthrough sounds and nourishing a vibrant artistic community. Blending futuristic hip hop with experimental electronic sounds, Low End Theory is a hub of the beat community and a place where creative minds congregate on a weekly basis in Los Angeles, monthly in San Francisco and quarterly in Japan. With an eclectic palette of five world-touring residents—Daddy Kev, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Nobody and Nocando—and a diverse audience of music lovers, Low End Theory is a fresh sonic showcase whose reverberations can be heard around the world. (Official website, Facebook, Twitter)
Called “one of the Los Angeles underground’s most visionary producers” (Pitchfork), Daddy Kev is a local legend who has engineered albums for countless artists including Flying Lotus, Daedelus and Nosaj Thing. The founder of Low End Theory and head of influential local label Alpha Pup Records, Daddy Kev was dubbed the “L.A. underground godfather” by XLR8R magazine and is a bedrock of the city’s independent music movement. (Official website, Facebook, Twitter)
Gaslamp Killer is Low End Theory’s most famous resident, a wild, world-touring DJ, dynamic performer and producer on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label. A high-energy artist who is loved by audiences for his singular style and devotion to the collective experience, Gaslamp Killer is a high-demand performer who is equally at home in front of massive festival crowds and at dark underground parties. (Official website, Facebook, Twitter)
D-Styles is a scratch legend who played a pivotal role in the foundation of the scratch music community and helped transform turntablism into a global phenomenon. D-Styles, who rose to fame as a member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, is regarded as one of the most skilled scratch DJs in existence. He is a world-touring performer and self-taught scratch artist whose cutting skills are often imitated but never replicated. (Facebook, Twitter)
Producer and performer Nobody has been a fixture in the L.A. music scene for decades. He has worked with such high-profile artists as the Postal Service, Abstract Rude and the Mars Volta. Featured in Secondhand Sureshots, dublab’s documentary film on creative sound recycling, Nobody has a vast musical vocabulary and sonic swagger that is reflected in his production and performances. (Facebook, Twitter)
Nocando is the club night’s resident MC, a freestyle rapper and recording artist as well as Scribble Jam world champion in freestyle battling. His YouTube battle videos have garnered combined views in the millions. Nocando honed his freestyle skills and witty style at L.A.’s legendary Project Blowed open-mike night. With unpredictable performances that evoke the unfiltered creative energy of the So Cal underground, Nocando is one of the best rappers in the world. (Official website, Facebook, Twitter)
Strangeloop is one of the most visionary live visual designers active today. He regularly tours with Skrillex and Flying Lotus, some of the biggest names in electronic music. He has also been one of the regular projectionists at Low End Theory. He works in multiple genres, ranging from stop-motion animation to videography to computer-generated graphics, as he realizes his acclaimed aesthetic vision based on fractals and tangled hierarchies within chaotic systems. (Official website, Facebook, Twitter)
Organized by the Hemispheric Institute’s Convergence Working Group. Cosponsored by Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity.