Rubashov is a music project of Irish visual artists Michael John Whelan and Keith Winter. Inspired by the protagonist from Arthur Koestler's novel Darkness At Noon, it is a place where ideas go to die and ultimately be reborn. We wanted to create an aural tribute to humanity's creative abilities and sentimentality.
We are in the final phase of the album and need your help. We have had one track C-Dog (see video) produced and mastered to give you an idea of what we sound like, but eight still remain. Our plan is to mix, master and produce the remaining tracks in Ireland and have them pressed into a limited edition run of vinyl records where the majority of funding will go.
Replicating the isolation of Rubashov in the novel, this project aimed to find out what our imaginations could create musically within a confined space for a period of five days. We put our ideas and ourselves into the basement of a 120-year-old building in Berlin, Germany to create the songs in May 2011. For this week we immersed ourselves in experimental and performative recording processes. To add to the atmosphere we wore golden Italian half-masks and spent our days and nights unaware of outside weather systems or light levels. While we paced our new cells we summoned the spirits of posthumous allies ranging from comedian Bill Hicks to author Roland Barthes. Inspirations and appropriations came from the likes of a 37 year-old machine, an encyclopedia, a famous geologist, a list of black holes, Stalin's purges and the memory of a dear friend. The objects and utensils surrounding us in the larger, brighter cells became our found sounds. Scraping bricks, banging doors and breaking glass merged with high-tech recording equipment and every so often we invited contributors to provide a fresh narration, bringing their voice and their presence into the mix.
Our album is titled Are You Here For The Conference As Well? and will contain nine tracks. The vinyl disk is to be transparent and will contain original screen-printed artwork made here in Ireland. Once the Fund it project is complete we will go straight into production, finishing the mastering process and ordering the vinyl and we will have everything on our rewards list ready to be posted out by December 2011, we hope you can be part of this process!
It's possible to listen to two (un-mastered) tracks Machine and Kulik at www.rubashov.com
Thanks for your help!
Some info about us:
Michael John Whelan received a BA in Fine Art from IADT-DL, Dublin in 2002 and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2004. Recent exhibitions include: Noorderlicht Gallery (Groningen), Kunstverein Bochum, Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Grimmuseum (Berlin), TBG&S (Dublin). In 2005 he was the recipient of the Clifford Chance/University of the Arts Sculpture Award. Upcoming shows are in Artissima 18 and a solo exhibition at B&N Gallery, London.
Keith Winter studied Architecture and Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art in 2003-2006. He works as an artist and a musician. He co-founded Space Delawab, Belfast and recently co-founded Allotrope Press. Recent exhibitions have been in Bahrain, Belfast and New York – upcoming solo shows are in The Joinery, Dublin, and in Arts Chiyoda 3331, Tokyo. He is the recipient of an ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010, he is also a member of the band Not Squares.