This mixtape collects a selection of beats that I have crafted over the last few years using my trusty Akai MPC1000.
Some of these sounds I have performed live.
I’ve been asked (especially after performances) if I am “DJing someone else’s beats?”—No (lol), I perform the beats live using 3 Roland SP-404s.
The project is a complex mix of samples taken from popular culture, through to social and political commentary, both historical and also, current.
There are no track numbers/titles – I am happy for you to instead focus on listening to (and hearing) what is contained in BLACK_GOLD_MIXTAPE.
Can you find all the samples?
My second born, Zael directed the image that I took.
The title of the mixtape refers to some of mine and Zael’s favourite colours.
This project is also dedicated to Zael.
— Larry Achiampong
Co-presented by the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art and POP Montreal:
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, Larry Achiampong’s BLACK_GOLD_MIXTAPE is an audio visual performance reflecting on our current context of the pandemic and social issues, through sounds, vocal testimonies and beats, resulting in different scores, ambiances and aesthetic sounds, extending past Achiampong’s projects Meh Mogya (Sample of Me) and More Mogya.
The mixtape will be shared online and the physical cover, through the making of a poster, will be available for purchase at the PHI Foundation. Proceeds will go to Hoodstock.
Hoodstock generates dialogue and mobilizing initiatives to eliminate systemic inequalities and develop united, safe and dynamic communities.
Curated by Victoria Carrasco, PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art
To share your Stories and experiences with Larry Achiampong, reach him here on Instagram: @larryachiampong
To listen to the mixtape, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1MD7E2vJVM
Posters by Larry Achiampong will be sold here:
PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art
465 Saint-Jean Street
Dimensions: 19" x 10.5"
Album artwork by Zael Grace-Rose Achiampong & Larry Achiampong