42 PERCENT NOIR is a new live performance project consisting of two music and visual artists that have collaborated closely for a long time – Shaltiel Eloul and Gil Zissu. The project combines acoustic piano playing with digital sound and visual art. On stage, the two sides are merged together to form a performance that explores the interesting relationship between sound, vision, and live-interaction in the modern world.
In our performance, we explore this relationship between the piano as the real world and the visualization as the digital world. The music-visual pieces were composed to confront actual/current discussions, which are heavily affected by technology such as globalization, immigration, and AI.
Shaltiel Eloul (piano), a PhD Oxford University graduate and Gil Zissu (bass), a digital designer, started working together since 2011 in the electronicrock music group Syndrome. They recorded the album ‘Colourful Cows’ and performed on tour in 2013. In the group, they developed a homemade live performance method which was presented NIME2014. Gil and Shaltiel moved to continue their studies in London and Oxford in 2013, and in the meantime, created together the performance `Dag is a DJ’. They performed at Kinetica Art Fair, London in October 2014. The project was also reviewed in The Creator’s Project and a scientific article relating to this project was published in the Leonardo Music Journal, MIT Press on April 2016.
In the end of 2016, 42Percent Noir toured in Europe where they performed and gave talks in various venues and universities.
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