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Electronic musician Grietzer uses latest video technology on “Closer” clip

The Israeli born, Brooklyn based electronic musician Ohal Grietzer has worked as keyboard player and pianist for various artists, collaborating with Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone (both of TV On The Radio) along with ex-Battles man Tyondai Braxton.

More recently she has been busy establishing herself as a solo artist. Early 2015 saw the release of two albums – her debut, titled Acid Park and her score for the film Cancelled Faces.

In addition to her musical activities, Grietzer has been active in the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement against Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. In November 2015 she co-authored an open letter with Brian Eno, arguing that musicians should not perform in the region.

The video for “Closer”, taken from Acid Park, was created using cutting edge video technology: “I made the video using Lumen, a semi-modular analogue style video synth for computers,” says Grietzer. “It’s the first of its kind! It was developed by Parascom and LZX Industries. They were kind enough to share it with me as a beta-tester, and I’ve been working with it over the past couple of months to produce all of the graphics for the video. The graphics were all generated via the internal RGB-feedback processing of the synth, I didn’t use any external effects or external video signal inputs to produce them. It was incredibly inspiring to work with this kind of system to create a visual world for the track.”

Acid Park and Cancelled Faces are released by Styles Upon Styles. Ohal will perform as part of the Warm Up 2016 series at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York, on 30 July. Subscribers can read Abi Bliss’s review of Acid Park and Cancelled Faces in The Wire 389 via the online archive

Watch a solo drum performance by Ikuro Takahashi

In February 2010, Japanese percussionist Ikuro Takahashi performed at Akebono Art and Community Centre in Sapporo, capital city of Japan’s northernmost main island Hokkaido. Film maker Mikio Saito was there to capture it