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Ruby Singh - Horizon | Vox.Infold | 2022
Ruby Singh - Horizon | Vox.Infold | 2022 If the horizon is the furthest point you can see, where the line of the sky meets the earth and where the known and the unknown converge, then “Horizon” - the second single from Vox.Infold - is a sonic unfolding on how we can look towards future possibilities. The sisters of PIQSIQ, Mackay and Ayalik, invite us into the song with Katajuk (Inuit Throat Singing) over sub bass tones of Singh. Moses’ voice lures us further with cascading counter melodies in harmonics. When Singh’s beatbox hits with Wallace’s rich bass melody the song lifts off for Pemberton’s voice to soar, carrying us all to new heights. Sure in it’s direction, “Horizon” brings the listener into an evocative dream that sets sail toward unknowable potential. Reaching from the embodied into the visionary, the accompanying video for Horizon reaches into the impossible, always keeping its eye on the distance to stabilize where we are now. Produced by Ruby Singh Directed & Edited by Ruby Singh. https://rubysingh.ca https://instagram.com/rubysingh_ https://soundcloud.com/ruby_singh https://facebook.com/rubysinghmusic Music Dawn Pemberton | Voice Inuksuk Mckay | Voice Tiffany Ayalik | Voice Russell Wallace | Voice Tiffany Moses | Voice Shamik Bilgi | Voice Ruby Singh | Voice recorded and mixed by John Raham at AfterLife Studios Choreography and dance by Laura June with special thanks to Sammy Chien and the Chimerik 似不像 Collective Western Front LOBE Studios Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada BC Arts Council Watch My Others Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwrViR_FxKA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1w_m_puOxE&t=1s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzQO1SvLjVQ
Ruby Singh | Nakshatra | Vox.Infold | 2021
The debut single for the Vox.infold album “Nakshatra” is the name for the lunar mansion in Indian Astronomy, carrying with it the light that shines through the darkness and just like the moon shifts the tide, Nakshatra has a gravity that pulls us in and provides buoyancy for these troubled times. It begins with tonal invitations and quickly moves into rhythmic pulses of Katajuk (Inuit throat singing) dropping into a beatbox vocal orchestra with cascading melodies and harmony. As it settles the song carries you on a determined current reaching for impossible futures. To purchase the song go to: https://rubysingh.bandcamp.com/track/nakshatra Produced by Ruby Singh Directed & Edited by Ruby Singh. https://rubysingh.ca https://instagram.com/rubysingh_ https://soundcloud.com/ruby_singh https://facebook.com/rubysinghmusic Music Dawn Pemberton | Voice Inuksuk Mckay | Voice Tiffany Ayalik | Voice Russell Wallace | Voice Tiffany Moses | Voice Shamik Bilgi | Voice Ruby Singh | Voice recorded and mixed by John Raham at AfterLife Studios Choreography and dance by Laura June with special thanks to Sammy Chien and the Chimerik 似不像 Collective Western Front LOBE Studios Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada BC Arts Council
RUBY SINGH - CODES OF THE FALLEN : S.O.S. | VOX.INFOLD | 360 VR | 2022
RUBY SINGH - CODES OF THE FALLEN : S.O.S. | VOX.INFOLD | 360 VR | 2022 Codes of the Fallen | S.O.S. leans into the grief we’ve all been feeling through the Covid 19 pandemic - grief for the loved ones we’ve lost, the ones we miss, the disconnected lives we’ve lived. Sorrow drenched melodies rise from the opening of the song, collecting voices that carry our individual and collective sorrow (you can hear a haunting “help me” coming from the edges of the chorus). Injustices perpetrated on Black and Indigenous kin, the climate crisis ravaging our planet, the opioid epidemic laying siege to the most vulnerable and ongoing economic inequities entwine together to inform the symphonic, wailing crescendo. As the song builds, embracing the pains of this world, it offers the saltwater tears of our ancestors. Gently, gently we remember to breathe. Respite. It’s important to lean into grief and pain - it gives us the opportunity to expand our humanity, our empathy and our understanding. Codes of the Fallen | S.O.S. is an urgent call to expand into possibility, stretching us to reach for a just world. The VR New Media Dance video features new media/dance artists Sammy Chien and Caroline MacCaull of Chimerik 似不像 and is accompanied by a binaural spatialized version of the song. Shot in both the beautiful west coast on Galiano Island (as part of LEÑA artist residency) and the ancient temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia (as part of NKK Dance Centre residency). In this video, Chimerik 似不像 integrates their spiritual dance project We Were One, in collaboration with Ruby SIngh, investigating the invisible interconnectivity between our souls and beyond what seems to be tangible in this physical reality. Due to Covid, these temples that are the world’s largest and oldest, typically packed with tourists in all seasons, are now mostly empty with very few people to be seen. It makes us wonder, what else may be enjoying the vacancy, perhaps ancient spirits reminiscing the past while dancing with us, sharing our gratitude through their sharing of knowledge and space. In this dark time may light shine the brightest, as an ongoing human experience of suffer and grief that reminds us to cherish true joy, love and kindness, these are some of the greatest powers within us. Co-Produced by Chimerik 似不像 & Ruby Singh Directed, Edited & Performed by Sammy Chien and Caroline MacCaull (Chimerik 似不像) As part of their research project “We Were One” during artist-in-residency at LEÑA artist residency (Galiano Island, Canada) & NKK Dance Centre (Siem Reap, Cambodia) 360 Logo Design by Kimira Reddy Music Dawn Pemberton | Voice Inuksuk Mckay | Voice Tiffany Ayalik | Voice Russell Wallace | Voice Tiffany Moses | Voice Ruby Singh | Voice recorded by John Raham at AfterLife Studios mixed by Ruby SIngh at LOBE Studios with special thanks to Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada BC Arts Council LOBE Studios NKK Dance Centre Veayo Studios LEÑA Artist Research & Residency Centre TroikaTronix: Isaodra IG: @rubysingh_ @chimerikcollective Ruby Singh www.rubysingh.ca We Were One Project we-were-one.com IG @we.were.one Watch My Others Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwrVi... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1w_m... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzQO1...
“Mesmerizing, vibrant…Singh isn’t just crossing genres, he’s straddling astral planes….Vox.Infold is an immersive experience of looped beats, breathing and vocals that deserve placement on a Dune soundtrack.”
-Globe and Mail-
"Ruby Singh keeps on dropping dynamic sonic experiments. The cross-cultural a cappella project brings together vocalists from Indigenous, Inuit, Black and South Asian backgrounds to unite myriad musical traditions in new and unique ways."
-The Vancouver Sun-
“Lush polyphonic worlds…atmospheric, haunting, ethereal”
“Truly immersive, exciting experience…wildly experimental..fresh and vital.” -
Ruby Singh's Vox.Infold is an a cappella offering, composed and (remarkably) recorded at a time when singing together was something that could kill us. Against the backdrop of the covid 19 pandemic and amidst potent social unrest, this powerhouse vocal ensemble of Indigenous, Inuit, Black and South Asian voices, reimagined how to sing together. The resulting work is so much more than a convergence of diverse vocal traditions but a complex rendering of what’s possible when we can hold each other's humanity. The album dives into a full bodied, resonant and sensuous expression housed in polyrhythm, lush harmonies, mimicry, and polyphonic poetry. The resulting sonic landscape encompasses a non-linear journey in which we may find and care for each other. Evoking loneliness, joy, the mysterious and supernatural, Vox.Infold brings together musical luminaries, Dawn Pemberton, Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik of PIQSIQ, Russell Wallace, Tiffany Moses, Shamik Bilgi and Ruby Singh. They remind us that the human voice is an adaptation of the metabolic activity most crucial to our existence – breathing. This is how the atmosphere enters our beings and how we know we are intimately connected to our world.
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