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Between two stars : an AQNB music & art compendium

14 July 2020

Between two stars is AQNB’s latest release of new music and visual works compiled and curated by our London and Los Angeles-based team.

Following the success of the previous even my dreams don’t go outside compendium, we’re pleased to introduce an ongoing series of these downloadable packages, featuring work by artists in our international community. This first mini-compendium is one of four to be dropped quarterly—with four new tracks and two new original artwork contributions—and available for sale on our site, or free for our Patreon subscribers.

Between two stars takes its title from the mythological twins Castor & Pollux, inspired by the very chaotic Gemini season—which ran May 21 to June 21. Assigned guardians of sailors on troubled waters, these sons of Greek god Zeus became the brightest celestial bodies of the constellation named after one of the most controversial signs of the zodiac. The compilation’s curation responds loosely to the implied duality of its theme, exploring a liminal space that exists beyond binaries—a nebulous point between poles that escapes the limitations of language.

Music by:
Iku
Oxhy
Tadleeh 
Yikii 

Visual works by:
Roxman Gatt 
smallboydanger 

Cover artwork by:
Helin Şahin 

Acknowledgements:
Jared Davis, associate editor & compendium co-curator
Matt Dell, music editor & compendium co-curator
Steph Kretowicz, AQNB editor 
Caroline Heron, AQNB managing editor 

Isaac Treece, mastering 

New Scenario x AQNB—Bodyholes Green Ear Limited Edition

10 July 2020

For this artist edition merchandise collaboration, AQNB teamed up with online platform and exhibition space New Scenario, founded by Paul Barsch and Tilman Hornig.

Purchase the New Scenario x AQNB— Bodyholes Green Ear t-shirt here.

The design refers back to their infamous Body Holes project—commissioned for the DIS-curated 9th Berlin Biennale in 2016—where contributors were invited to exhibit their work in a chosen human orifice. The show featured an exhaustive line-up of artists and openings, including Ed Fornieles, Rachel De Joode, Sean Raspet, Jesse Darling and more, along with Hornig’s own ‘Green Ear’ piece, featured here on the New Scenario x AQNB t-shirt.

Gratefully yours: Download even my dreams don’t go outside, AQNB’s music & art compendium from our community to you during lockdown

22 April 2020

even my dreams don’t go outside is a download-only release of new music and visual works compiled and curated by AQNB (purchase below).

The compilation consists 10 new tracks and five visual artworks from artists who have featured on the London and Los Angeles-based editorial platform in the recent past, as well as from those helping to define our scene into the future. It’s inspired by the endless scroll of introspection that has come to define the day-to-day of life in self-isolation, and exists to build positive momentum for our scene and financial support for the artists involved during lockdown.

From our editor, Steph Kretowicz (aka Jean Kay):

even my dreams don’t go outside maps a chunk of AQNB’s network and relationships, bringing together a dispersed but interconnected group of artists that echoes our community approach. I first heard of Milan’s Heith and London’s Fauness through my colleagues and compendium co-curators Matt Dell and Jared Davis, themselves based in Barcelona and London respectively. The same goes for candlelight, aircode and—in a roundabout way—Kelman Duran & Ans M. Matt enlisted Isaac Treece from New York for mastering and Isabelle Harada in Los Angeles to help with the API.

I’d come across Elvin Brandhi in Berlin at Creamcake’s 3hd Festival, along with the visual work of Tea Stražičić. My friends at Berlin Community Radio (RIP) introduced me to RUI HO in 2016. Alexander Iezzi, Philip Hinge, Emma Pryde, 650mAh (from whom I learnt about Spaghetti Club), along with Dasychira, ssaliva and Keru Not Ever, all appeared through AQNB at one point or another. Together they make up a web spanning New Jersey, Wisconsin, Montreal, Brussels, Rotterdam and more. Jennifer Mehigan, who donated her time and skills to the cover art, is based in Belfast but I met her online when she still lived in Singapore. We go way back, five years, and we’ve never met in person. This compendium is as much an effort to support our scene, as it is recognise the artists and the people that inspire us, wherever they may be.”**