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SIMA XYN

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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"Space-flight concept performance"

ProF pushes the boundaries of beat jamming at the Boat

Insideamind and guests played the Boat in Kensington market Thursday March 25.

The concept album may have waned since the ’70s in rock circles, but it’s now being used by electronic producers to package their beatmaking and live PA in fascinating ways. Case in point: iNSiDEaMiND, our local experimental turntablism duo, unveiled their space-flight concept performance last Thursday at the Boat.

“I believe this is the first public trip to outerspace,” said the show’s producer ProF, fronting the effects table ’ship’ which faced a projection screen. ProF was backed by Insideamind’s other half, DJ Steptone on the ones and twos, vocalist Sima Kuday on keys and loop machine, and Japanese beat maker Masaki Konagai on his MPC 1000. They were the ship captains and the audience were passengers along for the ride.

The first of four ‘movements,’ Mars Landing, mixed ghostly hollow-pipe effects, trippy beats and a good helping of wonk. At one point we were shocked by a massive wall of noise and volume, which, according to the captain was a meteor. We’re pretty sure sound does not travel in a vacuum (space), so it was as if they were requiring the audience to – gasp – use its imagination.

The space crew guided us through the remaining movements (The Lonely Satelite, Speed of Light, and Supernovae) mixing the scratch of vinyl, wax and wane of loop machines, beats from tribal to hip hop, and the sugary Bjork voice of Sima. In two movements, fluid b-boy dancer Libydo made for more entertaining visuals, as getting past Loversun’s rocketships, dancers, and human heart beats – all projected onto cut up paper – was a bit rough… as was sitting in a bar ode to a pirate ship instead of a futuristic space travel device. Once again, imagination was required.

At times it sounded as if crew members were in their own distinct worlds, but they would often hit a fascinating synchronicity – impressive, given that about 90% of the production was improvised. In fact, Masaki, on a one-year working visa from Osaka Japan, had just met Professor Fingers last week and the rest of the crew that day.

According to the e-music industry, live PA with the laptop is the way of the future, so mixing this with hardware and good old turntablism is going beyond the call of duty. This theatrical risk is the most original take on DJing we’ve seen in this city, and with more earthling support and the finances for more technical visuals, they could take the public to a whole new universe.

- Marsha Casselman
http://resonancity.com/?p=1897 - Marsha Casselman of http://resonancity.com


"Space-flight concept performance"

ProF pushes the boundaries of beat jamming at the Boat

Insideamind and guests played the Boat in Kensington market Thursday March 25.

The concept album may have waned since the ’70s in rock circles, but it’s now being used by electronic producers to package their beatmaking and live PA in fascinating ways. Case in point: iNSiDEaMiND, our local experimental turntablism duo, unveiled their space-flight concept performance last Thursday at the Boat.

“I believe this is the first public trip to outerspace,” said the show’s producer ProF, fronting the effects table ’ship’ which faced a projection screen. ProF was backed by Insideamind’s other half, DJ Steptone on the ones and twos, vocalist Sima Kuday on keys and loop machine, and Japanese beat maker Masaki Konagai on his MPC 1000. They were the ship captains and the audience were passengers along for the ride.

The first of four ‘movements,’ Mars Landing, mixed ghostly hollow-pipe effects, trippy beats and a good helping of wonk. At one point we were shocked by a massive wall of noise and volume, which, according to the captain was a meteor. We’re pretty sure sound does not travel in a vacuum (space), so it was as if they were requiring the audience to – gasp – use its imagination.

The space crew guided us through the remaining movements (The Lonely Satelite, Speed of Light, and Supernovae) mixing the scratch of vinyl, wax and wane of loop machines, beats from tribal to hip hop, and the sugary Bjork voice of Sima. In two movements, fluid b-boy dancer Libydo made for more entertaining visuals, as getting past Loversun’s rocketships, dancers, and human heart beats – all projected onto cut up paper – was a bit rough… as was sitting in a bar ode to a pirate ship instead of a futuristic space travel device. Once again, imagination was required.

At times it sounded as if crew members were in their own distinct worlds, but they would often hit a fascinating synchronicity – impressive, given that about 90% of the production was improvised. In fact, Masaki, on a one-year working visa from Osaka Japan, had just met Professor Fingers last week and the rest of the crew that day.

According to the e-music industry, live PA with the laptop is the way of the future, so mixing this with hardware and good old turntablism is going beyond the call of duty. This theatrical risk is the most original take on DJing we’ve seen in this city, and with more earthling support and the finances for more technical visuals, they could take the public to a whole new universe.

- Marsha Casselman
http://resonancity.com/?p=1897 - Marsha Casselman of http://resonancity.com


""Mellow futurism is now""

"sXyn. symphonic, atmospheric. mellow futurism is now."
Sook-Yin Lee - Sook-Yin Lee


""Mellow futurism is now""

"sXyn. symphonic, atmospheric. mellow futurism is now."
Sook-Yin Lee - Sook-Yin Lee


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simA is her own creative engine. Her music fuses ethereal vocals, electric guitar, synths and original beats to produce an experimental, alternative sound that is resonant and sexy. Born in Turkey in 1980, Sima Kuday was raised in both Turkey and Toronto. Spending much of her formative years between these two drastically different landscapes has left an imprint on her music. Singing English lyrics injected with Turkish, her sound evolved alongside her eclectic influences. Her look and sound is unconventional and disarming.

simA has been impressing crowds with her live performances, looping her vocals and electric guitar over live electronics in the downtown core of Toronto. Venues include The Opera House, El Mocambo, The Hard Luck Bar, and festivals such as Toronto Pride 2011 and WEMF 2011.

simA is continually experimenting with sounds and vocals in her home studio, building upon her unique musical vision. Her current endeavours include collaborating with local, up-and-coming talents and pursuing all aspects of this creative process including producing, mixing, mastering and promoting her music. It is clear that simA is now poised and ready to leave her imprint on our landscapes.

Watch SimA Live
http://youtu.be/o0owP6MrcwU
http://youtu.be/TYMcJMfAsN0
http://youtu.be/lyiroAzmvX0