A JAM FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT ANY MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE
JAMFLOW are instruments for people without any musical knowledge. They provide you with the chance to play an instrument and jam with other people. By being a musician I know the power, enrichment, educative strength and pleasure of playing music with others. I include this manner of interaction and having fun in JAMFLOW. Playing together, searching together, smiling together and sharing pride: dive into the musical experiment united, unrestrained and unobstructed.
Before my last version of JAMFLOW I've done several studies to: How to play it, which positions, design, sound, how many notes, comfort, communication, technology, natural poses of musicians etc..
RECORDED STORIES OF AN EVER-CHANGING AREA
The neighbourhood Metaxourgeio in Athens is an area with a lot of history. Overwhelmed by the environment I found myself in, I started collecting all kind of odd things. I decided I wanted to talk with people, but only to realize English is not a language many people speak there. For me it was a logical step to gather instruments and a recorder and start jamming with people in order to gather stories. Armed with my 5 watt guitar amp, a borrowed guitar and my Tascam I went on my mission to create a platform for people to speak out, perform and to be heard.
Please scroll down to listen to the stories and music I was able to capture during my stay in Athens.
Photo: SOOC, Mενέλαος Μυρίλλας
Michalis Mountakis is a greek bouzouki maker. He owns his shop in Metaxourgeio for a fair bit of time and has seen the neighbourhood change throughout the years.
Zachos Varfis is an architect who decided to build an outdoor skatecafé in Metaxourgeio called Latraac. English was not the problem here but he likes music too and he had a nice story to tell.
Photo: Alex King
The story of Theodoros Daskalakis is one more personal & especially musical. Theo has been my guide, translator (after a recording) for Michalis Mountakis, got me his brothers guitar and is a friend which I found myself with in the bars of Metaxourgeio. Theo introduced me to the nightlife especially the onces filled with jazz bars, beer & the actual good souvlaki sticks. After all that he told me he played drums so we decided to find a drumkit and record it. Later we went to his apartment and we composed a song out of it. For the recording I used my Tascam, and his audio card for which I needed to use my final mbs of 3G to download the driver to run it on my laptop.
Elderdiery Mohamed Fadul is a performance artist that lived in the area of Metaxourgeio. I have met him a few times walking in the streets and he seems to know a lot of people. After a short talk, mainly about art and performance in Greece I invited him to bring his instruments and come to the exhibition opening to jam with me. For the opening of the expo and to literally offer people a stage I created an indoor stage for anyone who wanted to share something that evening.
BLAUHAUS JAMS are sessions with a random selection of people.
We gather at my home-studio with the goal to just jam and bring the vibes as unprocessed & unpolished as possible. Blauhaus Jams aims to bring back vibes, jams and sessions that are otherwise lost in an old rusty hard drive.
To scroll through the jams you can select them in the top right corner of the video. (icon: 3 dashes with teh play button)
Please contact me if you are interested to join on of the jam sessions!
AN INSTALLATION TO ENGAGE NEIGHBOURS IN LOCAL DECISIONS MADE BY MUNICIPALITIES
I believe in the power of strong communities and close neighbours. For that reason I absolutely love local initiated public spaces. This installation aims to trigger neighbours and passerby to communicate at the actual spot where such an initiative is going to happen. Furthermore to leave something behind to visualize the conversations that have been there.
AN INSTALLATION THAT TRIGGERS TO CONVERSE
The installation Gesprekslader (ConversationCharger) plays with the current role the smartphone has in our daily life and the value/strength a conversation can have. The installation literally charges your phone while you have a conversation. Simultaneously to that it will trigger a lamp to turn on. This creates a moment of surprise to react to and to start a conversation as well.
YOU CAN'T MAKE MISTAKES IF NO ONE EVER PLAYED IT!
With the workshop new instruments the aim was to create a workshop in which musicians as well as non-musicians could jam together. I tried to achieve this by creating instruments that have no expectation in the way the sound because of their odd looks.
The workshop new instruments was part of "The Bizarre Sound Creatures" expo by Arvid & Marie the during the DDW 2015. In which I was inspired to continue this search because of the enthusiasm of many people.
On the left you can hear different pieces that people played during "The Bizarre Sound Creatures" expo.
A COLLABORATIVELY PLAYED INSTRUMENT
Playing an instrument is a solely personal experience. An experience exclusively for musicians only. At least normally this is the case. Pierre and me had the idea to create an instrument so huge you need to play it together no matter if you are a musician or not. Collaboration is the key to this instrument. The project 'You wish you had this carpet' is an experiment developed from that idea. Let's play music together!