Spotted! Dhiya Muhammad

Dhiya Muhammad is a BA (Hons) Design Communication student from LASALLE,  specializing in Graphic communication.

Pictured is a detail from Dhiya’s GNRTV project which was showcased at the LASALLE grad show, and is well worth a look. “It is an extension of my BA thesis project titled AVI -Audio’s Visual Identity”, Dhiya explains. “AVI explores the visual identity of sound and adapting it to push the methodologies in design. The project is research driven, the process is experimental influenced and the outcomes are process oriented. The approach of the project adapts chance explorations and the process happens in a trial-and-error and a back-and-forth way. It’s an adventure between the hands and the brain that is both systematic and intuitive, and cannot be generalized. GNRTV translates as “GENERATIVE”. In this extension of AVI, generative, automated and computational methodologies such as data-bending, programming and electronics are adapted to produce works driven by sound that analyzes a certain sounds’ data and representing it in its naturally reasonable and logical forms.”

Hit the link for more information about Dhiya’s project.

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Jupiter, a mash-up of sonic and visual trickery

An unprecedented collaboration of four creative minds, -Adrian Yeo of ktone.fm (music production), Clara Teo of Fakenylon (interactive), Ryan Lee of Frommetofu (video) and James Khing of Bangers & Mash (graphic design)-  Jupiter is the result of a freejam.

The inspiration of the artpiece is designing for, from and with music. It stemmed from James‘ background in Zouk and LifeBrandz where he had to design flyers and other collaterals to showcase the musicians who came to the clubs.  From there he created many unique design styles, the most popular being the deconstruction of machines and re-creation into more futuristic contraptions.

When tasked with the launch project of ktone.fm, James decided to revive this style and Jupiter is reanimated to make the experience for the user more interactive. “Users click on each individual image of the DJ to produce an electronic sound (clips from tracks produced by Adrian), and can click it again should they wish to stop the sound. They can play up to four different electronic sounds simultaneously, thus becoming “music producers” in their own right, as they try to match the sounds with each other.”

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Ghostwalking with Spell#7

This September, spell#7 launches their latest audio-video journey, Ghostwalking.

Taking the form of a free download, which people can listen to and watch on smart phones or media players, the artwork is a completely unique way to experience Singapore, its places and history. As you travel on the MRT and stop off at Dhoby Ghaut, Little India, Outram and Punggol, you will become immersed in stories and characters who appear to haunt these spaces.

There are four ‘audio walks’ (narrated guided tours around Dhoby Ghaut, Little India, Outram and Punggol) and three ‘video journeys’, short films that can be watched while traveling between stations. On the ‘audio walks’ you follow four chapters in the tale of Tony, a man conjures fragments of a life that spans Singapore’s history and even its future. He tells stories, attempts to make sense of his life, or dream a new one up. Tony is haunted, or is he haunting these places? On the ‘video journeys’ that unfold on the train between stops, you’ll hear and see the confessions of various people from contemporary Singapore, all are in some way exiles, metaphorical ‘ghosts’ caught between cultures, countries, identities.

The creative team for Ghostwalking includes Life! Theatre award-winning writer Kaylene Tan, film writer Ben Slater, Evan Tan from The Observatory as sound and music designer, and award winning film-maker and photographer Sherman Ong. Actors playing Tony at different stages of his life on the ‘audio walks’ include Adrian Pang, Lim Kay Siu and Brendon Fernandez.

This Saturday, 18 September at 3pm, there will be a talk at Spell#7 about Ghostwalking. All are welcome. Venue: 65 Kerbau Road, Little India.

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