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Hyperdub: Hydra at XOYO London

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As Fhloston Paradigm, King Britt and Pia Ercole will perform as part of The Hydra (Phase I)–a carefully curated series of events–for Hyperdub at XOYO in London alongside Kode9, Ikonika, and Jessy Lanza. It will be the European premier of the Fhloston Paradigm (live) project–where voice and electronic music meet, re-imagined in a beautiful, divine, and otherworldy sonic plane.

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Mountain Oasis Festival

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Pia Ercole and King Britt are very excited to share the new sonic consciousness that is Fhloston Paradigm–-where voice and electronic music meet, re-imagined in a beautiful, divine, and otherworldy sonic plane. They will be performing at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit–a haven for musical exploration, amongst an outstanding lineup–on Saturday, October 26th for the USA premier of the Fhloston Paradigm (live) project. Mike Todd will lend his brilliance on visuals.

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About Fhloston Paradigm:
“Fhloston Paradigm is a manifestation of afro futurist ideals, based in an electronic music landscape. It walks the line of duality, both science fact and science fiction. It is the future of the now moment. The purpose is to transmit the omni-versal message of divine abstractions into aural pleasing tones.” –King Britt

Created by King Britt in an experimental attempt to go back to a semi primitive process of CV triggers and analog sequences. Within this experiment lies the connection between old world ideas and new world technology, with the result remaining otherworldly.

Within this music context, avant-garde improvisational vocal ideas touching on classical and jazz, hover over soundscapes and dance rhythms. The outcome being somewhere between Blade Runner and 808 State.

Signed to Hyperdub by Kode9, the debut album transmits in 2014 with the USA live performance premiering live at Mountain Oasis 2013.

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Review of Mountain Oasis Festival:


King Britt’s Space Odyssey

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The set up for King Britt’s show (a long table with a single mic, a number of laptops and other gear), at Diana Wortham Theatre, looked more like the producer/DJ was going to lead a panel discussion about music and less like he was going to perform music. But his program, “Fhloston Paradigm featuring Pia Ercole” (a U.S. premiere) proved to be bass-y, at times dancey and often transcendent.

Against a backdrop of rocket ships, sound wave charts and other visuals, the musicians produced a sonic tapestry of some very personal Odyssey of both inner and outer space. Britt managed top compose a sound that was at once huge and thoughtfully dynamic with chest-rattling bass paired with moments so subtle you could hear camera shutters clicking.

Two questions: How much of Ercole’s haunting, angelic non-verbal vocal was pre-written and how much was improved during the set? She used loops to expand the effect to both its chilling and awe-inspiring end.

And, the guy on the end with the laptop: What was he doing? How cool would it be if his role was to intuitively VJ the set by listening to each song and then quick-like Google “space ships” or “Saturn’s rings” or whatever came to mind?

Because, even as Britt’s “Fhloston Paradigm” was a complete artistic expression, it also felt like a presentation of the creative process, in how creativity is not necessarily a means to an end but a process (like outer space itself) continuing to unfold into infinity.

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