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video: Maroc-atu de Coco (remix)
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video: Maroc-atu de Coco (remix)

This is a remix by H.A.T. (formerly known as officerfishdumplings), entirely derived from traditional Moroccan and Brazilian music videos shot by REMIX ←→ CULTURE. The bands featured here are (in order of first appearance):

Adiel Luna – Recife, Brazil
Mâallem Hassan Ben Jaâfar (Innov Gnawa) – Brooklyn, US via Fez, Morocco
Maracatu De Baque Solto Estrela De Ouro – Condado, Brazil
Coco Trupé – Arcoverde, Brazil
Cavalo Marinho Estrela Brilhante – Condado, Brazil

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video: Tak Doum Toura Tak (remix)
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video: Tak Doum Toura Tak (remix)

This is a video remix performed by officerfishdumplings. All sounds and images are derived from recordings / video shoots by REMIX ←→ CULTURE of the traditional artists listed below:
• Hassane Slaibi (Beirut, Lebanon) • Amino Belyamani (Casablanca, Morocco) • Mourad Belouadi (Sale, Morocco)
• Innov Gnawa (Brooklyn-based band comprised of Gnawa musicians from Fes, Agadir, Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakech)

Tak Doum Toura Tak from remix-culture on Vimeo.

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video: ofd “Aya Margi Moussaka” (remix)
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video: ofd “Aya Margi Moussaka” (remix)

This is a live remix performed by officerfishdumplings using a music video remixing template he designed, called the Culturator. The remix is entirely derived from audio and video field recordings the remix ←→ culture team captured ourselves in remote parts of Morocco during the Spring of 2014.

On October 15th, 2014, officerfishdumplings made the Culturator available on blend.io/remixculture, inviting remix artists around the world to use it and publish their own remixes.

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video: Introducing the Culturator to remix artists around the world
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video: Introducing the Culturator to remix artists around the world

On October 16th, 2014, remix ←→ culture invited the global community of remix artists to join us on blend.io. We’re starting by introducing the Culturator, a live music video remixing template designed by remix ←→ culture founder, officerfishdumplings.

Using iPad TouchOSC as a controller for both Ableton Live and the VJ app, CoGe, the Culturator has been meticulously crafted to harmoniously integrate our video loops into a live remixing setup that is both super easy to play, and also has a wide range of soundscapes…

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video: Ahwach Procession – 5th Movement (Agdz, Morocco)
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video: Ahwach Procession – 5th Movement (Agdz, Morocco)

A few months ago, we went to Agdz, Morocco to record Ahwach musicians (a traditional style only found in a few small villages in Southern Morocco). We were expecting a 15-person band, but 29 showed up at the recording location. And that turned out to be a great thing for the groove, the dance, and the trance. Check it.

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video: remix ←→ culture concert #1 (highlights)
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video: remix ←→ culture concert #1 (highlights)



On Feb 2nd, 2014, we recorded and filmed Galbeno Balkan Band in their Emeryville, CA studio.
We then collaborated with Bay Area remix artists Dov, Palindrome, Dream Shovel, and SBVRSV to remix the music and video we captured.

On Feb 21st, these artists all came together at SF’s Merchants of Reality space, where we premiered a new breed of concerts. The remixed and the remixer joined in a cultural call and response. The video above gives you a bit of an idea of what it…

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video: blue box prototype demo (with interview)
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video: blue box prototype demo (with interview)



After returning to San Francisco from two separate field recording trips in Morocco, officerfishdumplings built the first remix ←→ culture prototype, an interactive platform entirely derived from the audio-visual materials he captured in Morocco.  The installation (comprised of a laptop, 2 MIDI controllers mapped to Ableton Live and CoGe parameters, and headphones) was featured at the Priceless art festival in June 2012.  Throughout the 3-day festival, passersby stopped to improvise unique real-time audio-visual compositions entirely derived from the Moroccan sights and sounds he…

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what is REMIX ←→ CULTURE?

We are a nonprofit artist collective creating
new harmonious links between
traditional music from around the world and digital remix art

our journey thus far

Since 2012, we have
recorded and filmed traditional musicians from many remote corners of Morocco.
– built a platform which makes it possible to make video remixes entirely derived from the videos we shot.
– we have made this platform available to the public at festivals and venues in California, and the streets of Casablanca
– premiered our 1st remix concert in SF, where the remixed and remixers performed live at the same event.
– performed live music video remixes at festivals and venues in California, New York (including Lincoln Center), and throughout Morocco.
– began operating as a label, launching our first official traditional music release (digital & limited edition vinyl, featuring a remix by Mr Assister, aka James Blake’s drummer)
– began working with traditional musicians in countries outside Morocco: In Feb 2016, we recorded and filmed musicians in Brazil, and partnered with Filmmakers Without Borders, which trained youth from the musicians’ community to film and interview the musicians themselves.
– we have been invited to perform at festivals in venues in Europe and China, including the prestigious Roskilde Festival.

next steps

Fall 2016
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– we plan on working with each of the musicians we’ve already recorded to officially release and promote their albums (digitally, vinyl and/or CD), like we did with Innov Gnawa.

After Fall 2016
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– We plan on taking a long break from traveling, and settle down for a while in our new New York home base.
– While in NY, under the fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas, we plan on accelerating the development of the various aspects of the project:
— film, record a wider variety of traditional music (NY has the largest immigrant population in the US, and many of them masterfully play music from their country of origin)
— develop a partnership with Filmmakers Without Borders, to engage underrepresented youth from the immigrant musicians’ communities, to tell their own stories around the music
— partner these immigrant musicians with NY-based remix artists, and facilitate conversations between them via a radio series.
— invite these immigrant musicians and remix artists to both perform at the same live music event.
— share our video remixing platform with more of the NY audience.
— experiment with newer technologies (like 3D Mapping, and VR) to create more immersive live video remix experiences.


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video: H.A.T. live @ WOMEX 2016

On October 22nd, 2016, H.A.T. performed live video remixes at the World Music Expo (WOMEX) held in Santiago de Compostela,...

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video: workshops we ran in Morocco

In September 2015, REMIX ←→ CULTURE partnered with Filmmakers Without Borders to run a couple workshops for underrepresented and underprivileged...

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video: our story presented at WDCD 2016

A month ago, Hatim Belyamani (aka officerfishdumplings) had the privilege of telling the story of REMIX ←→ CULTURE at the...