Mix! | india nielsen
I'm sending you over my photo for the mix. It has 14 tracks and a bonus track.
When I was working in my last studio in Ridley road market the wifi was pretty awful and I would usually stay up all night painting. Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92' would be on repeat. I like listening to the same album or track on repeat as it feels like it gets me in to a kind of mindless rhythm, like exercising or meditating. This is why I had to devote the first 13 tracks to Aphex Twin's album. Also Chris Cunningham's music videos for Aphex Twin had a big impact on me when I was growing up!
The last two tracks are :
1. The soundtrack from The Sims 'Buy Mode' - the music that would play when you took your Sim shopping - basically the video game equivalent to shopping centre/elevator music.
2. The fake radio station for GTA Vice City.
Both are really hypnotic and allow you to enter a sort of virtual world behind our one - I always felt like listening to these kind of synthetic parodies of our music let me come out of myself and take on a different persona, much like an avatar in a game... which is always helpful when you're making artwork and want to try to approach it in a different way by becoming somebody else for a while. Becoming a character allows you to access different parts of your brain that you usually feel alienated from or even unaware of.
(I had to add shoutouts too)
London-based artist Sara Berman creates glances of eroticism in her muted paintings made with partially dressed figures, objects, and motifs set in interior environments.
Much like her paintings, when listening to Sara Berman’s Mix!, you also enter into an intimate and suggestive space, as Waldeck mentions “We can dance the night away” or James Brown and Dee Felice Trio remark “You're my spark of nature's fire” in their cover of the classic "Sunny". Plants and leaves indeed are a constant in Berman’s work, and the artist defines them as “nature’s perfect design”. Moreover, pattern and colour placement are a fundamental aspect in Berman’s practice, taking into account her fashion background, and in this Mix!, “shades of colour” come into sight, as Beth Orton notes in her Central Reservation.
After feeling moody for a few days, try naked yoga on the carpet of your house and play this mix on. You can thank us (and Sara) later.