Cultural development programme
Mini museum for two people
Can’t be greedy… You gotta take some, and leave someJames Brown
The Distance, 2019
Tom Trago (NL, 1983) is one of the leading lights of the Dutch electronic music underground; initially blending elements of experimental hip-hop, jazz, Latin, Afrobeat, disco, boogie, and soul-flecked broken beat, before slowly developing a distinctively colorful, emotion-rich, synthesizer-fired style of music that also draws influence from house and techno. Trago is known for his willingness to collaborate with like-minded DJ’s, musicians, vocalists, producers and artists.
Tom Trago developed a sound compilation for Gabriel Lester’s installation. Constructed with sounds recorded inside the building of Het HEM, it consists of 12 musical pieces of 3 minutes each, separated by intervals of 1-minute silences. This sequence corresponds with the number of rounds and their duration in boxing matches. After each ‘round’ the sounds drop with higher synchronicity, evolving from a chaotic set of drums and beats into a tight rhythm.