Hive Twilight City - Event #1 – Industry versioned

Hive Twilight City is a series of four high profile audiovisual performances taking place over the course of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture 2008 that will pay tribute to a potentially overlooked part of the city’s essence: its industrial and business buildings, the iconic and the mundane, Liverpool as an artistic “space” with a focus on both the city centre and the suburb.

Each event acts as a snapshot prior to the city’s ongoing transformation into a premier 21st Century City and work as a celebration of existing city structures as the city itself moves onwards. In each event familiar sounds are reworked, familiar sights distorted in a feast of the best in new electronic music and state of the art projected visuals.

For our first event - Industry versioned - Hive’s visual artists reclaimed and transformed a central warehouse space to remediate the city’s industrial heritage. By using historic and contemporary moving image the event presented a visual dub of a city which is constantly being reworked and re-imagined, all to a soundtrack by some of the best names in contemporary electronic music. This re-use and remixing was echoed in the musical line-up of Industry versioned. The Jamaican dub practice of reworking existing sounds into new forms is a theme that ran through the event. Live sets from The Bug Featuring Warrior Queen and dubstep pioneer Shackleton brought a mix of reggae, dub and state-of-the-art electronics to the city, reflecting the cutting edge of Britain’s contemporary urban soundscape.

Also, in a very special collaboration, Jah Wobble mixed his world renowned dub bass sound with the ‘motorik’ rhythms of Can’s Jaki Liebezeit alongside Liverpool’s acclaimed sound artist Philip Jeck. The motorik sound (itself a reflection of the rhythm and sound of the modern city) was also given a contemporary twist by Liverpool’s critically acclaimed experimental rock band Mugstar.

All-in-all, Industry versioned presented a unique opportunity to experience a one off re-version of Liverpool’s industrial cityscape through the best in sound and vision.

Twilight City is supported by the Liverpool Culture Company Ltd as part of the European Capital of Culture 2008 programme.

Event #1 Industry versioned
Leaf Warehouse, Friday 7th March, 8pm – 3am

Jah Wobble/Jaki Liebezeit/Philip Jeck (UK, DE)
Shackleton (UK)
The Bug feat. Warrior Queen (UK, JA)
Mugstar (UK)

Hive Djs (UK)
Hive visual artists (UK)

About the Artists

Jah Wobble/Jaki Liebezeit/Philip Jeck
Jah Wobble has established a worldwide reputation as a dub innovator since he helped reconfigure the post-punk landscape as a founder member of PIL alongside John Lydon. Likewise, Jaki Liebezeit's precision rhythms propelled Can to seminal status as one of the most influential rock groups of the 1970s. Liverpool based sound artist Philip Jeck creates sound collages from the grooves of ancient and forgotten records, evoking contemplation of the past as the future happens.

The Bug featuring Warrior Queen
Kevin Martin’s work as The Bug has seen industrial noise blend with Jamaican influenced rhythm and bass to staggering effect. For this event The Bug was teamed with MC Warrior Queen.

Co-runner of the Skull Disco label, Shackleton has seen his dubwise melodies and intricately percussive workouts championed across the globe, making connections between diverse audiences of techno lovers and bass junkies alike.

Liverpool based avant-rock group Musgate mix no-wave noise with the driving rhythms of rock to create a contemporary twist on the art rock of the 1970s. Their explosive live shows are legend.

About the Hive Collective
The Hive Collective has been at the forefront of developing innovative electronic music and audiovisual performance in Liverpool since the organisation was established in 2003. During this period Hive has run a series of events in the Box at FACT (Foundation for Arts and Technology), staged three successful international festivals, and promoted a number of one-off performances in art spaces and clubs across the city. At the core of its work Hive has actively encouraged innovation in performance practice by mixing a broad spectrum of electronic music, matching audio and visual artists for one-off performances and providing a unique performance environment for established, up and coming, local and internationally renowned electronic music practitioners. The Collective has a track record of attracting artists from across the world including UK, USA, Australia, Sweden, South Africa, Germany, France, Iceland, Spain, Denmark, Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Twilight City supported by the Liverpool Culture Company Ltd as part of the European Capital of Culture 2008 programme.

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