< Hello Machine ? > is a music and media label specializing in the work of Mendi + Keith Obadike. Mendi+Keith Obadike's recordings can be ordered by contacting us at hellomachine@blacknetart.com.

All soundworks come on a black cdr inside a black dvd case.

<hm001>Keith Obadike -- Automatic

total time:: 31:06

2 tracks

Textures built from words found in the paintings of raymond saunders and jean-michel basquiat are the foundation for this composition. both painters are well known for creating works that blur the line between high and low forms. as in hip-hop, saunders' and basquiat's employment of found objects and graffiti techniques is significant in crafting a personal sign or tag out of appropriated materials.

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,<hm002>Keith Obadike -- Sexmachines

total time:: 12:00

3 tracks

Sexmachines is a sound art triptych dedicated to nam june paik and james brown.

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<hm003> the uli suite

total time :: 20:00

3 tracks

Uli is a classical painting style and design system from the Igbo people of Nigeria. Traditionally, as practiced by Mgbadunwa Okanumee, uli has been used to decorate the body or architecture. Since the 1960s, however, academic artists such as Uche Okeke, Obiora Udechukwu and Olu Oguibe also have incorporated uli into their contemporary works on canvas and paper. The UliSuite is an attempt to aurally render the lyrical lines (Eke-the sacred python) or stippled dots (ntupo) of uli, while simultaneously articulating a sense of an architectural space that has been treated with uli designs. The sounds/pigments for this project were "favorite everyday sounds" submitted by participants in the E-2A project (a telnet/Internet-based call for sounds).

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