Steve McCarthy | Soft Wax
14 - 17 June 2012 | Th-Fri: 5-10pm/Sat: 2-10pm; Sun:noon-8pm | SOUND//SOUND Project Space | Free - Drop in
SOUND//SPACE @V22 Summer Club | The Old Biscuit Factory, F-Block Halls, 100 Clement's Road, LONDON, SE16 4DG
Soft Wax is an installation in sound by Steve McCarthy. It is an immersive experience, seeking to provide insights into the music, culture and privations of the Jamaican Diaspora in London in the 1950s. The sound performance focuses on a collection of extremely rare acetates from the period. These will be aired on vintage equipment from that time. These are the sounds that the community cleaved to before the birth of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. The forgotten history of these acetate mirrors the experiences of the community. The contexts in which they were originally played has had a lasting impact on street culture. The music that they contain is the root of much subsequent popular music.
Artist Biography: Steve McCarthy is an artist, writer, DJ and vinyl obsessive. His practice has been inspired by cultures of resistance and their musical expressions. Steve’s current fascinations are Jamaican music, Free Jazz, Moondog and Garage Psychedelia. He describes himself as, “lucky enough to divide my time between London and New York these days.” In putting together Soft Wax Steve was ably assisted by Cecile Buxton, Darren Mathers and David Katz.
At the end of his residency, Steve will host a performance gala curated around work gleaned from previous research and his time as resident artist at SOUND//SPACE. Join us on 22 June from 7:30-9:30pm. Info/advanced tickets are available here (£5): www.wegottickets.com/event/165692 or pay what you can at the door.
All events are curated as part of SOUND//SPACE, a three-month programme of audiocentric events, with a pop-up record store at it's heart. Events are curated by SoundFjord and take place under the auspices of V22 Summer Club.
Further information: www.soundfjord.org | www.sound-space-store.co.uk | www.v22collection.com/club