We feel more than appreciative to exclusively premiere on Last Day Deaf ‘SPHERES‘ by London-based producer/multi-instrumentalist Halina Rice, a highly cinematic, well produced, avant-electronic treasure with an eclectic dubstep ‘coating’.
Rice explains to Last Day Deaf about the track: “I had been experimenting with virtual reality before lockdown so this seemed like a good direction. However, it’s not just about a solution to a practical issue – it’s more the desire to create an immersive experience for the audience and to really produce an experience that transports the viewer. I would see the future of the project to absolutely take this experience into live venues and make it completely immersive for the audience.”
‘SPHERES’ is the first instalment of a new self-released project showcasing a series of tracks focusing on creating unique worlds. Each one comprises both music and the creation of a virtual environment in which Rice can perform live as a digital projection. It is envisioned by her not as the creation of an EP or album but rather as a series – like Concrete Lates or Tate Lates. Inspired by the work of digital artists such as Keijiro Takahashi – Rice has gathered an international team of visual and technical artists to create an original way to perform live in a virtual world built in gaming technology Unity 3D.
The London-based artist is renowned for her vivid and eclectic style, using multiple effects and sampling to create original and experimental sounds. Uniting elements of ambient, electronic, percussive and bass music, her sound ranges from evocative and melancholic soundscapes to beat- driven, punchy tracks. Rice’s first album REDUX was released via independent label Blurred Recordings in 2017 to positive press reviews and radio play, described by FM Magazine as “a credible and exciting avant-electronic pearl” and in Clash magazine as a “world of fragmentary beauty”. Lead track ‘DRIVE’ was remixed by electronic pioneer Richard Norris. Crossing boundaries between music and art her live performance brings visuals and music together to create an immersive audience experience utilising live projections and abstract graphics.