Tonight, lights over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will arc and pulse to many voices from below – including an affiliate of The Legendary Roots Crew.
Rahzel Brown, aka Rahzel The Godfather of Noyze, will perform his signature beatbox stylings at the launch of Open Air, an installation of 24 searchlights that respond and react to human voices. The will sweep and blink, brighten and fade, and crisscross the night sky to form intricate patterns and shapes when viewed from afar.
The grand-scale outdoor exhibit, which runs through October 14, was designed by Mexico City-based conceptual artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, who also worked with Rahzel on an installation in New York City called Voice Array. This exhibit, on display in Manhattan’s Bitforms gallery, also uses voice to control a light display.
“It’s been a mindblowing experience,” Rahzel says when we caught up with him by phone earlier this week. “I had been working and researching how to do thing like that anyway, to push the envelope of my performance. And then Rafeal got in touch – he has been a fan, and wanted to work together. You wish for something and it comes together mysteriously. It’s a little spooky.”
Pushing the envelope is a big part of Rahzel’s approach to music. Continue reading →