Emerald & Doreen 200 x Jerry Bouthier

On the 24th March, 2017 the Style of Sound unveiled a special exhibition to celebrate the launch of Emerald & Doreen’s 2nd Label Retrospective Emerald & Doreen 200.

The static exhibition consisted of 17 tailor made bomber jackets focusing on the artwork of the songs released in the Emerald & Doreen 200 compilation. Designed by the Style of Sound, the jackets were inspired by the strong links of music and fashion inherent in the compilation’s track list.

As visitors sipped on tasty cocktails, they were invited to try on the jackets, while the continuous mix included in the compilation, mixed by none other than French dj, producer, and sound-designer Jerry Bouthier, played on multiple video screens, taking visitors on a special journey into the visual world created by videographers Emerald & Doreen.

Jerry is no stranger to the label, having mixed the excellent Emerald & Doreen compilations Voyage Sauvage Vol.1  and Voyage Sauvage Vol.2. Of his recent collaboration with the label, Jerry says. “I think every single track is worth its salt, not a dull one in sight, that’s great, well done, that’s what we want, the best of E&D.”

Throughout the evening, revelers sailed across a make shift dance floor filled with shoegazing house blended in with electronica and lyrical synth pop not to mention nostalgic italo-disco, esoteric ambient, melodic prog-techno, dreamy indie, and everything else in between – all given Jerry’s special touch.

If you couldn’t make it to the exhibition, thankfully you can experience the evening for yourself. First, make yourself a cocktail. Second, take a close look at the jackets below. Third, play the video below. And lastly, dance to the mix prepared by Jerry. Enjoy!

VIEW THE JACKETS

WATCH THE MIX

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Style of Sound Vol 2 Mix x Compilation

Smell the music and join us for a special exhibition we are hosting this Friday with German future pop label Emerald & Doreen!

As years have shown, you can’t keep us away from Emerald & Doreen for very long. And it’s easy to understand why.

Germany’s Emerald and Doreen have a habit of releasing addictively good music, and like a tasty cocktail, you can never take just one sip.

Following on from our first mix for Emerald & Doreen, we dived into the label’s latest collection of releases to create a mega mix filled with 84-minutes of pure bliss which traverse everything from nu disco to electonica to dream pop; in other words, the diverse and different sounds which make Emerald & Doreen one of the world’s best indie and dance music labels.

The Music-Based Fragrances

To celebrate the 18 songs which make up the Style of Sound Vol 2 compilation and mix, we created a set of fragrances which when sprayed, emit the sound of the song the fragrance is based on, allowing you to smell the music.

Each song is guaranteed to stay in your mind, at least as long as the fragrance stays in the air around you 😉

Click on any of the fragrance bottles below to sample what’s behind the smell, but first, check out the excellent video Emerald & Doreen put together which sums up the mood and tone of the compilation and mix.

The Inspiration

The Fragrances

You can purchase the Style of Sound Vol 2 compilation containing all the songs from the exhibition from all good record shops including iTunes and Juno.

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The 2017 Style of Sound Winter Exhibition

You are invited to join us for a private view at 7pm, on the 7th February, for the new Style of Sound exhibiton featuring works from a cross section of artists curated by Style of Sound editor John Noi.

The show highlights the constant struggle between lightness and dark, a theme which visitors can experience first-hand via a 65-minute mix featuring songs from an international roster of artists including: Jerry Bouthier, Pylot, AIMES, Reflex, Re Dupre, Brima & Ben, Max Cooper, Rival Consoles, Dominik Eulberg, Virgo, Clarian, DJ Yellow, and Clark.

We ask that you arrive promptly at 7pm to experience the special light installation that we’ve commissioned which is designed to draw you into the inner depths of lightness and dark as the mix plays.

If you cannot make it to the private view, we invite you to listen to the 2017 Style of Sound Winter Exhibition mix provided here.

The Mix

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Heard in the Cloakroom Installation by the Style of Sound

The latest Style of Sound Exhibition takes a behind the scenes look one of the most essential, but overlooked roles in a night club – the cloak room attendant.

Let’s face it – no one wants to work in the cloak room, but life’s basic necessities such as food and rent inevitably force some of us into this undesired position.

The god awful hours, dealing with drunk club goers who have lost their cloakroom ticket, and even confronting coked-up management who don’t want to pay you for the night are just some of the downsides to working in the cloak room.

But perhaps the worst thing about being a cloak room attendant is the fact that you might be in the same building as some of the best djs in the world, but the versions of the mixes you get to hear will always sound like total and utter shit.

For most of us, we only experience this perspective when we are momentarily standing in a cub’s cloakroom queue, and the muffled sound of music combined with club chatter is something which is fleeting and totally forgettable.

But what if… you had to listen to music in this fashion for hours on end? For this exhibition, we designed an experience which will let you step into the shoes of the humble cloak room attendant to experience just this phenomena.

The Experience

When you enter this Style of Sound exhibition, you will be assigned a position in our cloak room (a tiny space indeed) where you will be invited to check in people’s jackets as they make their way to a bespoke dance floor we prepared for them to enjoy a mix we crafted for the exhibition.

For a solid 85-minutes, you will be forced to stand on your feet just so that you can experience first hand just how bad a mix can sound from the perspective of a cloak room attendant. Naturally, as 85-minutes is only a short time compared to a proper working shift, you will not be able to take any breaks (just like the real world) and will have to deal with various scenarios we throw at you as you tend your position.

Visitors experience the lack of joy working in the cloakroom.

At the end of the 85-minute shift, we will pay you the equivalent of what you would get working minimum wage to further drive in the point how dismal it is to work a cloak room, and as an additional task, you will need to brief the next visitor to the exhibition on how to do this job as you are relieved from your post.

Finally, you will be allowed to check in your own coat, and enter the main dance floor where you can experience the mix in its full glory, complete with free drinks and other party extras.

If you can’t work attend the exhibition in person, we invite you to listen to two versions of the mix we’ve prepared to replicate the two scenarios. Even without handling a coat, you’ll agree that a mix heard from the cloakroom is terrible.

Slots are extremely limited to experience the dismay of being a cloak room attendant, so we strongly suggest listening to the mixes instead to avoid being totally disappointed.


Heard from the Cloakroom Version


Heard on the Dance Floor Version

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The Unexpected Art of Falling Unconscious

The Unexpected Art from Falling Unconscious in a new installation piece by John Noi which tells a sensory story of what happens when a graffiti artist accidentally touches an electrical line and falls to the ground unconscious.

In the exhibition, visitors are invited to step into a room where they are presented with a photograph of the graffiti artist, the exact moment before he falls to the ground.

After a few moments, the room suddenly turns black, and the soundtrack of what comes after the fall gently fades in – for the next 63-minutes.

The soundtrack, mixed by Noi, is inspired by the sounds the graffiti artist experiences as a result of the electrical currents enveloping his body in complete darkness.

The images and thoughts which appear in each visitor’s mind as a result of the soundtrack – and being immersed in complete darkness – ultimately become the artwork of what occurs when one falls unconscious.

Visitor’s are invited to experience this exhibition at the Style of Sound studio spaces. Spaces limited to just six people per 63-minute session.

Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The Soundtrack

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Painterly Impressions of Flow Festival 2016

This month we introduce the painterly works of Style of Sound founder John Noi which were created from memories of his recent visit to Flow Festival 2016, an event which took place in the old power plant area of Suvilahti, Helsinki.

As one of the major Nordic music festivals, this edition of Flow Festival attracted over 75,000 people who were treated to three days of cutting edge music from acts ranging from New Order to Liima to M83, + diverse food offerings, and art created by local Finnish talent.

While many music festivals often end up sharing the same acts, the one thing which truly makes Flow Festival stand apart is its visitors, a stylish group of people who know how to come together to create a good time for one – and all.

In a series of 15 paintings, Noi captures the essence of Flow Festival 2016 by documenting various characters he stumbled upon at the event. Each painting reveals different aspects of how the modern festival goer spends their time from hour-to-hour, either in groups or in solitary moments alone.

Noi comments, “It was refreshing to see an amazing group of people who made an effort to show off their individual style – influenced by music and the culture of Finland. I don’t think I saw anyone who’d made a dreadful visit to the festival must-haves section of Primark.”

Visitors are invited to view the collection of 15 paintings by visiting the Style of Sound Helsinki, or by clicking on the button below.

The next edition of Flow Festival happens from the 11th-13th August 2017 in Helsinki.

The Style of Sound Summer Showcase Featuring Go Satta

This year’s Style of Sound Summer Showcase brings together a collection of works from Detroit-native Moriah Nixon and Londoner Lee Boyd, otherwise known as Go Satta.

The duo have been making music together since 2013 and by combining their hugely eclectic musical tastes, they have created a sonic vision of the future.

The result? Intelligent, punchy, future pop, shot through with heavy reggae basslines, funky beats, disco grooves and unexpected diversions.

In this exhibition Lee and Moriah worked closely with the Style of Sound to produce a series of nine specially formulated paints, which when applied in bulk to any surface, reveals a ghostly image filled with colour. When the haptic paint panels are touched, one of nine songs from Go Satta are emitted from the paint as if by magic.

The sensation of each image is said to evoke feelings of the sublime and on occasion, the awe-inspiring power of “hot synth action.”

Visitors are invited to experience the Summer Showcase at Style of Sound London to experience the Go Satta exhibition firsthand. The exhibition runs until 7 September 2016. Arrive early to avoid the queues.

The Enigmatic Sounds of Natalie Beridze

In this exhibition, the Style of Sound whisks you away into electronic music artist Natalie Beridze’s world, where we’ve brought to life the enigmatic description used to describe her recent album ‘Guliagava’ in nine graphic panels.

For the last 12 years, Natalie Beridze has performed live concerts worldwide and is known as first female electronic music artist from Georgia, having released music in Europe on Max.E, Monika Enterprise, CMYK, Laboratory Instinct, Chainmusic, DADO Records and Apollo Records.

Like her previous albums, ‘Guliagava’ was recorded in Tbilisi. The Georgian metropolis is far from pop-cultural arteries, nevertheless its youth observes precisely what is happening outside, and installs that otherness in their own world with a delicate hand.

Come to the exhibition at Style of Sound Tbilisi to discover Natalie Beridze’s ‘Guliagava’. The exhibition runs until 31 August 2015.

The Golden Deer Videos of Sarah P.

Join us on Tuesday 26 July, 10:00–10:04 am, for the private view of an exhibition of recent work by Berlin-based artist and musician Sara P. 

As the former lead singer of the popular indie group Keep Shelly In Athens, Sarah’s recent work shows how she’s evolved as a solo artist.

Focusing on contemporary issues such as peace & rebirth, renewal, and, essentially freedom, her latest endeavors are a love letter to her inner psyche, to the rich and untamed expression within. “I wanted it to escalate” says Sarah, “I wanted it to have many colors.”

This exhibition offers a selected view into Sarah’s new single “Golden Deer”, taken from her recent solo debut EP “Free”.

When asked about the single, Sarah commented, ‘Golden Deer was inspired by a dream I had about this deer leading me to a magical forest where everything was possible. I guess, following the deer symbolized tearing down the fences I’ve built around me because of my fears.’

She adds, ‘Throughout “Free” there has been this steady but slow walk towards the light. If “Dirty Sunday” that serves as the opener of the EP is dark and heavy, “Golden Deer”, the final song, is like an excited heart that’s pumping for the new beginnings.’

Presented in Style of Sound’s Berlin space, the videos are brought to life with not one but three music videos – or dare we say three acts – which were directed by the Berlin based visual geniuses Schall & Schnabel, each installed in a distinct manner.

Pierre Horn & Eileen Huhn of Schall & Schnabel commented, ‘With our video, we visualize a dream. The colors, the pictures, the visual elements layer and in their multiplication a crazy interaction, and new associations.’

They add, ‘Some sequences remind of coral reefs, others of a kaleidoscope. A very own, powerful, poppy, and experimental image language and dynamic was created, bringing an atmosphere that is charming and playful at the same time.’

The three different versions give viewer’s the opportunity to choose how deep to dive into the dream. Follow the link below to experience each of the videos.