1. ELMNT & Boko Maru - The Mentalist Handbook Of Shadowboxing Through Universes (Dir. Jay Montenegro)


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    ELMNT & Boko Maru (Crimson) collaborated about a year ago and created "The Mentalist Handbook Of Shadowboxing Through Universes". Combining five instrumentals from respected producers they created a 13 minute audible experience. Jay Montenegro in his directorial debut created a short-film to accompany the free project. "Anime and Hip Hop have an underrated bond, I don't know where it comes from but it is best displayed by the late Nujabes through his production on the “Samurai Champloo” TV series. That was my inspiration behind this 13 minute short film. I chopped up a few of my favorite anime flicks and edited them using “The Mentalist Handbook of Shadowboxing Through Universes” as the soundtrack. The footage was lifted from; Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Afro Samurai, Ghost in The Shell, and Cowboy Bebop respectively. " Roll something then press play. - Jay Montenegro Download Mixtape: http://elmnt.bandcamp.com/album/the-mentalist-handbook-of-shadowboxing-through-universes

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    • Laurie McCants Plenary on Ensemble Theater Movement at TCG 2013


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      Gratitude for the Complex Movements acknowledgement!

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      • Ladi6 ikarus 2013


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        NEW ALBUM 23rd AUGUST 2013 www.ladi6.com Ikarus is a song dedicated to the significant other that has stood by you, loved and taken care of you through the years. It's a tribute to song to their love and care, and a solemn vow to look after them right back, followed by a worried thought. Can you in fact take care of your significant other as good as she/he is taking care of you? No matter the answer, you are too going to try. Video Credits: DIRECTOR, CUT & EFFECTS: Askew One (www.askew1.com) DOP: Jos Wheeler PRODUCER: Olivia Laita MAKE-UP: Sarika Patel (MAC) & Vanu Maoate HAIR: Sophie (Stephen Marr) Management: Rebecca Caughey * rebecca@funktionmusic.co.nz (NZ, Australia, USA) Deirdre Laughton * DL@eskapaden.net (Europe) Booking: henning@fourartists.com (Germany, Austria, CH) louna@tunesisters.com (Middle East, North Africa) gerard.drouot@gdp.fr (France) vovnoboy@rdsrecords.ru (Russia) Fernandocabral@soundsgood.pt (Portugal) girardmusic@gmail.com (Canada) e.salamanca@lassu-inc.com (Spain, South America) dl@eskapaden.net (Rest of Europe) rebecca@funktionmusic.co.nz (NZ, Australia, USA)

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        • Complex Movements and Tiff Massey at Sitelab/Artprize


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          Autumn, 2012 Complex Movements teamed up with Tiff Massey to create Three Phases, an interactive, immersive-environment based performance installation. Additional hacking by AJ Manoulian, and woodwork by Brian Dubois. This work received ArtPrize’s juror award for the time-based performance category. Many thanks to the whole SiTE:LAB team, ArtPrize, Cathy Edwards, Sarah Scott, the Heartside Gallery and Studio fam, GRIID, Our Kitchen Table, The Bloom Collective, 4TLOHH, Doc, Red, Insite, and everyone else who pitched in to make magic happen. Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed, hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, and creative technologist Carlos (L05) Garcia. Their multimedia performance installations, hand crafted songs, and trans-genre experiments explore the relationship between complex science and social justice movements. Complex Movements is a recipient of a 2012 MAP Fund grant and Michigan ArtServe/Creative Many’s CSA project and is a winner of ArtPrize’s 2012 juried time-based performance category. They have presented their work at The Detroit Science Center for Kresge’s Art X Detroit festival, Re:View Gallery, the Network of Ensemble Theater’s Microfest, Cranbrook Art Museum and SiTE:LAB at the old Grand Rapids Public Museum. Tiff Massey is a Detroit-based artist. Her love affair with jewelry/metals originated as early as high school. She began her formal education in the field of biology at Eastern Michigan University. Her interests in the arts overcame her science background, and soon after graduation she returned to school to pursue fine arts, concentrating in metals. She immersed herself in the field, receiving classical training in the fine arts through various avenues. She took her education further by continuing her education on the graduate level at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. Since earning her Master of Fine Arts she has been involved in many group shows throughout the United States and Europe.

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          • REEL 2012


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            My animations from 2007 to 2012 私が動画を制作し始めた2007年頃から2012年の今までで作ってきた動画の作品集です。

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            • Complex Movements work in progress- Quantum Leap


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              This work in progress performance by Complex Movements (titled 'Quantum Leap') was presented during Kresge's Art x Detroit festival, at the Detroit Science Center, which took place April 7th 2011. The installation objects on the set are designed and built by Wesley Taylor and include a dandelion-shaped platform, a custom-designed DJ booth, hexagon-shaped seats for the string players and drummer, and Light Drum (:37-:42), triggered by Invincible's touch, mirroring her lyrical cadence. At the onset of the song 'Emergence' (:47-:55), the audience is being lifted and shaken by hydraulic seats, a built-in element of the Detroit Science Center's 4-D theater. At 1:44-1:57 notice the video display element not only amplifies images of community-led movements for social justice, the video mix is responding live to the volume and rhythm of the music using Max/MSP software.

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              • Lecture: Wajeed (Seattle 2005)


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                Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers explains how the new generation of Detroit kicked off, from crosstown rivalries between Dwele and Slum Village to borrowing Dilla’s busted MPC and making his first beats. He remembers his parents listening to Model 500 and Kraftwerk, explains how being a DJ saved him from getting robbed, and describes the Midwestern work ethic that won’t let him drink water or pee until he finishes three beats.

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                • Invincible + Waajeed - Detroit Summer/Emergence


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                  Video directed by El-Iqaa Produced by EMERGENCE Buy the "Detroit Summer/Emergence" 7" single (free download included): http://store.emergencemedia.org/ Buy the digital single through iTunes: http://bit.ly/a1zMak After several months of anticipation, two of Detroit's most visionary hip-hop figures, Invincible and Waajeed, are finally releasing their single, "Detroit Summer" b/w "Emergence". The passionate two-song project is not only being put out digitally and in limited edition 7” vinyl format but it's also being launched with a powerful double music video as well. This stunning visual representation of the songs was shot on-site during the historic Allied Media Conference and United States Social Forum this past June in Detroit. The video also documents the Detroit Summer Live Arts Media Project youth program, in which Invincible is heavily involved. The "Detroit Summer"/"Emergence" music video debuts August 10th, simultaneously with the single release, showcasing the true passion both artists and EMERGENCE in-house video director El Iqaa put into the project. This is far bigger than just Hip-Hop. “Detroit Summer” is not just a season, and its not just about a youth-focused organization in Detroit – the song is about a feeling and a movement. “Emergence” isn't just the b-side, and it's not about Invincible's media company of the same name, but rather the dawning of a new era. Invincible is already highly regarded as a lyricist, and Waajeed as a producer, but they are collectively ascending to new levels of on both songs. Together, the duo worked to show the resilience of their communities and refute the negative national image of Detroit. As Invincible's lyrics proclaim, "You Call Motown a ghost-town, but the city's vibrant!" Detroit Summer/Emergence is a prequel to the full length album Invincible + Waajeed are dropping in 2011. For this single, they did a limited edition run of 1,000 7-inch records (all of which come with a digital download code) and once they're gone, they're gone. More info on the organization Detroit Summer: DetroitSummer.org

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                  • Invincible + Waajeed - The Making of the Detroit Summer Video


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                    Video directed by Waajeed. Buy the "Detroit Summer" 7": tinyurl.com/detroitsummer7 As anticipation boils over for the release of Detroit Summer/Emergence, the collaborative 7” project by Invincible + Waajeed dropping on August 10, the duo have once again created more video work to accompany the release. The full music video for "Detroit Summer/Emergence" by EMERGENCE in-house director, El Iqaa, is coming next week. In the meantime, check out exclusive behind the scenes footage shot, directed, and edited entirely by Waajeed himself. The forthcoming music video is on the serious side, lyrically and visually showcasing the vibrancy of Detroit that most people don't see. But Waajeed's behind-the-scenes footage balances that out with plenty of humor and hijinks, and also shows the process of what it is like to make a video in Detroit. “I think I was able to capture the obstacles that we went through just making the video,” Waajeed says, “from being harassed by the cops, almost drowning in a boat, etc., but despite the adversities – just like the city of Detroit itself – regardless of what we face, we keep going.” The behind-the-scenes video is also the first time we get to see video guru El-Iqaa on the other side of the camera. Once the "Detroit Summer/Emergence" music video is released next week, his directorial skills should get the nationwide attention they deserve. Keep this in mind: Invincible + Waajeed decided to make one powerful video for the single's title track "Detroit Summer" and the B-side single, “Emergence.” That's not an easy task, but Iqaa collected iconic images of Detroit in the summertime – in the midst of the historic Allied Media Conference and U.S. Social Forum – and then pieced together critical cameos from Detroit activists and music figures to create a video that truly is Hip-Hop art. And stay tuned for the full music video and Detroit Summer/Emergence in both limited edition 7" vinyl and digital format dropping August 10. All vinyl purchases come with a digital download code as well. Detroit Summer/Emergence is a prequel to the full length album from Invincible + Waajeed dropping in 2011. Neither of these songs will be on that album so get yours now. Stay plugged in to EMERGENCEmedia.org for updates and to pre-order the 7″. Support the work of the organization www.DetroitSummer.org featured in the video.

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                    • Invincible + Waajeed: Manufacturing "Detroit Summer" 7" @ Archer Record Pressing


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                      Video directed by el-iqaa Produced by EMERGENCE Buy the "Detroit Summer" 7": http://tinyurl.com/detroitsummer7 It's no longer a secret that two of Detroit's most respected hip-hop figures, Invincible + Waajeed, are in the process of releasing a collaborative album together in 2011. The leak of their brand new single, “Detroit Summer,” has gotten lots of love on music blogs all month as tastemakers continue to appreciate the duo's blend of vivid lyricism and soul-stirring production. The two-song “Detroit Summer” single will drop digitally and as a 7” vinyl, August 10 on Invincible's EMERGENCE imprint. Invincible + Waajeed toured the legendary Archer Record Pressing plant in Detroit where the vinyl is being pressed and made short video of the tour. Watch as Invincible and Waajeed get a lesson in how vinyl records are made. Both artists were adamant that in terms of manufacturing, the project should be 100% local to Detroit. Archer has pressed up some of the most noteworthy underground vinyl in Detroit's storied music history including records from Jay Dee, Proof, Moodyman, Waajeed, Underground Resistance, The Funk Brothers, and many more. When asked if independent artists have a responsibility to indie record stores and vinyl pressing plants, Waajeed + Invincible responded affirmatively: “We're part of an interdependent network of people who still care about making quality music in direct relationship with listeners.” Stay plugged in to www.EMERGENCEmedia.org for updates and to pre-order the 7".

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