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New Forms acknowledges that its events and activities take place on unceded ancestral land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
2023 | New Forms Media Society

Curated by Yu Su, this diffusion centres around the concept of "Ancient To and From The Future", integrating electro-acoustic abstraction and traditional mythologies. Rather than technological innovations in sound, the programming focuses on rhythmelodically driven music rooted in the most raw and ordinary of human perception, creating a world of "sightseeing musics”, in which listeners can reorder their perception of the here and now.

The program features an event-specific piece from global trio Asa Tone, accompanied by visual synthesis from Nika Milano. This will be followed by a live set from Vancouver-based electronic musician Khotin, while Michelle Helene Mackenzie will close the event with her debut modular DJ set.


Asa Tone
Michelle Helene Mackenzie

︎ Read the interviews below from each artist involved below

Asa Tone is Jakarta-born Melati Malay and New York based Tristan Arp and Kaazi. In January 2018 the trio travelled to Indonesia during Melati’s annual return home, set up a temporary studio in a house nestled in the jungle’s canopy and recorded a series of improvisational pieces together. These equatorial excursions in voice, mallets and synthesis became the group's first album, Temporary Music, released in January of 2020 on Leaving Records.

The piece by Asa Tone was spatially arranged by Yu Su at Lobe Studio using 4DSOUND technology. Headphones are recommended to get the most out of this immersive binaural experience.

Nika Milano

Nika Milano is a visual artist originally from Venezuela, who has been living in Mexico City for years. She explores visual abstractions, with a focus on the use of analog and modular video synthesizers as a medium for creating audiovisual experiences.


Khotin is the recording project of Dylan Khotin-Foote, an electronic artist and part manager of label Normals Welcome originally hailing from Edmonton, who has now become a part of Vancouver’s thriving underground landscape. Pioneering a unique blend of ambient and downtempo electronic storytelling, Khotin’s catalogue oscillates between propulsive and reflective-always pinned to plot points in his wistful compositional style, in which repeated listens reveal deeper layers of emotional complexity.

Michelle Helene Mackenzie

Michelle Helene Mackenzie is a writer and artist who works with sound, text and film. Mackenzie’s recent sound works have been performed and exhibited at The Western Front, 221A, Sunset Terrace, and Polygon Gallery. She has upcoming sound collaborations/commissions at Esker Foundation (Calgary) with Vanessa Brown, and at Malik (Hamburg) with Alison Yip. Her debut release All the Little Objectiles (ATLO), was released in the summer of 2018 via IsLa., and she has recently collaborated with Yu Su on a 2019 release on the Second Circle imprint.

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