Dithyrambalina will be a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture in New Orleans.
YOUR SUPPORT HELPS TO BUILD THE FIRST FIVE FOUNDING STRUCTURES OF THIS MUSICAL VILLAGE!
Two years ago New Orleans Airlift and the artist Swoon launched the Kickstarter campaign that funded The Music Box, our prototype for an ongoing musical architecture project we call Dithyrambalina. That proof-of-concept was more successful than we ever believed possible! We transformed a blighted 150-year-old house into a temporary village of playable musical houses with interactive instruments embedded into the walls, floors and ceilings of structures. The Music Box welcomed over 15,000 visitors for days of interactive public exploration and nights of ground-breaking concerts, as well as over 500 students for engaging workshops. To our great amazement the New York Times, NPR, BBC World Service, Smithsonian Magazine, Times Picayune, ArtNet, and more reported on the magic of this project.
Over twenty five local and international artists like Swoon, Delaney Martin, Quintron, Eliza Zeitlin, Taylor Lee Shepherd and Ranjit Bhatnagar created The Music Box. This temporary orchestral shantytown went on to be played by over 70 musicians from around the world, including Thurston Moore, Andrew W.K., Mannie Fresh, Javelin, Japanther, Nortec Collective and many more. This celebration of collaboration also included all our neighbors and visitors who brought musical architecture to life through their touch.
Our Next Step:
Since closing The Music Box, it has been a quite a year, planning, researching and meeting with lots of people as we decided on our next step. What was once going to be a single musical house designed by Swoon and brought to life by our collaborating artists has turned into an even bigger dream - an evolving musical village created by many, many more hands, ideas, and influences.
It is a grand vision, but a village does not spring up over night, it grows. Upon that principle, we now are ready to start building the founding structures for Dithyrambalina's permanent campus for research, creation, experience and performance of musical architecture.
Your funding will go towards the creation of first five musical structures that will become part of Dithyrambalina’s growing musical village - including materials and fees for our artists and collaborating partners. The new musical houses will begin making public appearances in May of 2014 while the goal of this Kickstarter campaign will be met when all five of these structures are built by Fall of 2014.
We will use these inaugural structures to form a roving village that will visit neighborhoods around New Orleans, and the country, sharing the wonder and possibility of musical architecture with new audiences as we continue to grow our village and work towards securing a perfect and permanent site for Dithyrambalina in New Orleans.
We are building towards the creation of a unique space unlike any other in the country and these first five houses will help us get there. Donations exceeding our goal will allow us to continue building this village of wonder, imagination and innovation one musical house at a time!
The New Musical Houses:
The Music Box was an amazing experiment that gave our team new ideas about the sonic, interactive and social possibilities of musical architecture. We plan to apply those lessons to the new musical houses.
We will continue to build with salvaged materials as part of this project’s original goal of imaginatively addressing blight in New Orleans. Similarly, the creation of each structure will again bring together visual and sound artists, but this time our artists will be collaborating with unique individuals and organizations from New Orleans and beyond. Some of our partner organizations include members of Mardi Gras Indian Tribes, New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, and Shreveport Regional Arts Council's UNSCENE! Residency. We are so excited about these partnerships that will bring different gifts and skills to the table like deep roots in our community or innovative building strategies.
Why New Orleans?
New Orleans is a national treasure, the incredible sum of all the influences and cultures that came by land, down the rivers and bayous, and across oceans to make it the unique place it is today. We love this town and we plan to evolve Dithyrambalina by working collaboratively across communities to advance the meaning and the experience of what musical architecture can be and how it can positively impact our community. Through performances, educational workshops and artist residencies, we plan on having a resounding programming schedule that will give a great voice to our cultural community. Dithyrambalina will be a place for collaboration, imagination, and public exploration that honors the heritage of New Orleans while pushing our collective imagination.
We love the inclusive and revolutionary spirit of Kickstarter and were amazed to see its power in action during our first campaign. Without the support of our Kickstarter donors, The Music Box would have never become a reality. By supporting us through Kickstarter now you become one of the many hands creating Dithyrambalina. We are also using this Kickstarter campaign to highlight all the brilliant minds and hands that have already gone into this project through premiums which feature donated work by dozens of the amazing 100+ artistic and musical collaborators to date.
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Luckily we already know that we have a great formula for musical architecture based on the success of The Music Box. We also know a thing or two about how to build a musical house, but as we expand our vision for this project we are also expanding our network of contributors. Managing so many artists and partners can be tricky, but New Orleans Airlift has always based our process in collaboration and have learned many important lessons about how to successfully collaborate over the years.
Funding can always run short, but monies for this campaign goal will not come from this Kickstarter alone. We are supported by local and national foundations and are engaged in ongoing and diverse fundraising for many aspects of the Dithyrambalina project.
Looking down the line, we still need to find the perfect site for Dithyrambalina's permanent home in New Orleans. Part of the challenge is making sure we build where our impact will do the greatest good. Figuring this out means lots of discussions with community members, city officials, and ourselves. But we are not in a rush. We plan to let this village evolve gradually - like how a real town grows, adapting our vision along the way to suit the needs of our project and our community.
The musical houses created through this Kickstarter campaign are part of the journey - a way to share wonder and win support for a passionately ongoing endeavor.
Musical Architecture combines fours distinct art mediums- architecture, visual art, sound art and performance into one unique built environment. Through designing new instruments and merging them into the walls, floors and windows of structures, musical architecture seeks to expand the idea of how people can experience and interact with space.