The Analogue Foundation is a collaboration between high-end Japanese audio company Audio-Technica, grammy award-winning producer Russell Elevado and the international art-based music group Soundwalk Collective, with the mission to celebrate and help further the exposure of analogue sound in today’s digital world. As Founding Partners for ESP. Vol. 1, Analogue Foundation support provided Audio-Technica headphones, microphones, turntables and cartridges to power the writing camp, and gifted each artist equipment to contribute to the project legacy. To enhance the content delivery on the project, we created a collaborative series of short films which introduced artists on the writing camp and explored what analogue sound means to them.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England are the national development agency for creativity and culture, growing skills, knowledge and networks to help establish the conditions in which creativity and culture can flourish across England. An ACE Project Grant helped deepen the impact of ESP, enabling a third date to be added to the tour, alongside a panel talk and production workshop for young adults.
The first all-African panel for the World Service’s flagship music show, Music Life. Faizal Mostrixx, Hibotep, Karun and Labdi went to the iconic BBC Broadcasting House to record an episode of the longrunning series where artists lead the conversation about their creative processes. Hosted by Labdi it was a chance for the East African musicians to talk openly about their craft on one of the world’s most listened to stations.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and education, using the arts to create better dialogues between the UK and the wider world and promote social change. Created by British Council Arts, new Art new Audiences (nAnA) is an annual open call for artists and collectives from the UK and East Africa to create and showcase new art to new, young audiences. ESP. was granted seed-funding by nAnA to create the first iteration of its exchange in Kenya, Uganda and the UK.
We teamed up with music education platform CDR to host an all-day production workshop, headed up by one of London’s best electronic music tutors, Tony Nwachukwu. Free to attend for three young musicians from underserved communities, the workshop provided rare access to education and knowledge sharing in a one-to-one environment. The pupils then dropped in on rehearsals to pose questions to the artists and were given free tickets to The Jazz Cafe to see the performance in the flesh.
We teamed up with the London pioneers of green screen streaming for a live broadcast with Faizal Mostrixx, Maxwell Owin and Tash LC. Headed up by Tim & Barry, Just Jam are one of London’s original streaming platforms and MOBO award-winning Directors for Skepta’s iconic video of That’s Not Me.
We welcomed Nairobi writer Wanjeri Gakuru into the writing camp to create an in-depth profile for the global media platform that celebrates contemporary African culture. This formed the leading piece of editorial in the build up to the tour, and was followed by two individual artist interviews. We also teamed up with them to co-host a panel discussion in London before the UK tour.
WaterBear is the world’s first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet, working with over 80 non-profit organisations to license and commission inspirational stories about sustainability. As their Music Supervisors, we help source and license music for their WaterBear Originals and NGO Originals series.
Hosted by Tash LC, the two hour special broadcast on Gilles Peterson’s global-facing station included DJ and live sets and interviews with artists to explore the influences, processes and outcomes of ESP.