rumex_1

So, now that summer is over (northern hemisphere), was yours, well, f***ed up? RUMEX understands. Don’t miss the surreal, now award-winning video from this young, now-as-yet-unknown Hungarian artist.

[Some bare butts and four-letter lyrics, if that isn’t safe for work where you work.]

RUMEX is a self-described “girl from nowhere,” otherwise known as Fanni Fazakas. Fanni joined us in the Serbian woods for plusplusplus Festival as the guest of CDM, as well as at our own MusicMakers Hacklab in Berlin at CTM Festival hosted with Leslie García.

This is the kind of emerging talent that can put us old guys (ahem) to shame now and then. It was in Serbia I got to know her musical side – in just 24 hours, she assembled field recordings of the woods into a convincing impromptu Ableton Live set and had people dancing in the grass and dirt.

Fanni, or rather RUMEX, just won best production at the Klipszemle – think of it like Hungary’s VMAs. There, she beat out big local names like Tibor Horváth and Punanny Massif. (Or, at least, knowing nothing about the scene in that country, I’ll take her word for those being big names.)

The slick video is actually just the work of Fanni and one other camerawoman, Szigethy Márton. The two of them, with some help of her family and some models, slapped together this surreal piece of pop cinema as a no-budget, five-day shoot for Fanni’s diploma project. She tells us there was quite a lot of work involved – transforming a thorn bush into a raspberry plant and hauling 120 liters of water into the middle of a field.

The result is a surrealist answer to the usual song of summer, the usual tropes and clichés unraveled into a mad dystopia.

rumex_6

rumex_bodri

Fanni’s other side is a background in media design, with strong interests in generative music and visual programming – much of it more experimental than what you see and here here. But she’s also at ease DJing in clubs from Budapest to the Netherlands, and she’s a regular at music hackathons.

Now, spurred on by collaborations at the CTM Festival, she’s building a full-length live act with neuro- and bio-feedback, plus finishing an EP.

And, judging from this other video she published this month, it’s possible she’s some sort of Ableton Push-owning digital avatar. Too many tech events — it’s possible she’s just crossed over partially into the digital domain. I can relate to that.

From the cymatics challenge at the Music Tech Fest Umeå, there’s also this video:

Give a listen to her other music, which spans club to ambient:

More:
http://www.rumexinaction.com/

  • Loowfizzz

    Cool thanks for the heads up! Interesting music.

  • Loowfizzz

    Cool thanks for the heads up! Interesting music.

  • Eoin Coughlan

    this is awful

    • Nuanced and articulate review there. I should take care that my job is safe… 😉

      • Eoin Coughlan

        Not a review. Just my opinion. And having reviewed it, that is my opinion

        • Gunboat_Diplo

          I love it when people think their opinion matters when all evidence is to the contrary.

          • Eoin Coughlan

            And that would be your opinion yeah? Well that’s ironic. Besides, what evidence are we talking about here? The empirical, objective science based fact type of evidence? But wait.. Isn’t art experienced subjectively? Talking through your hole mate

          • Gunboat_Diplo

            “Talking through your hole”
            That makes two of us!
            “mate”
            I’m not your mate, Mickey.

  • Eoin Coughlan

    this is awful

    • Nuanced and articulate review there. I should take care that my job is safe… 😉

      • Eoin Coughlan

        Not a review. Just my opinion. And having reviewed it, that is my opinion

        • Gunboat_Diplo

          I love it when people think their opinion matters when all evidence is to the contrary.

          • Eoin Coughlan

            And that would be your opinion yeah? Well that’s ironic. Besides, what evidence are we talking about here? The empirical, objective science based fact type of evidence? But wait.. Isn’t art experienced subjectively? Talking through your hole mate

          • Gunboat_Diplo

            “Talking through your hole”
            That makes two of us!
            “mate”
            I’m not your mate, Mickey.

  • Tom

    lol who the fuck lugs their Akai EIE (a huge soundcard), ableton push AANND another midi device out into a field so they can plug it all into their macbook on a blanket? Take it easy.

    • Well, it was a music festival. I found most people were traveling with gear. 😉 It wasn’t just a picnic in the woods, then that might be a bit odd.

    • Polite Society

      I was actually thinking that looked like a pretty good picnic.

    • I noticed that too- (I have the Akai) Love the Wireless Power– Oh it’s not actually on 😉

      • Gunboat_Diplo

        the EIE is not bus-powered correct? or can you run it bare-bones off USB?

        • Totally not Bus powered- Needs a wall wart- It’s also 4 port USB HUB (which is handy I must say.) So the Power Consumption is kinda high.

  • Tom

    lol who the fuck lugs their Akai EIE (a huge soundcard), ableton push AANND another midi device out into a field so they can plug it all into their macbook on a blanket? Take it easy.

    • Well, it was a music festival. I found most people were traveling with gear. 😉 It wasn’t just a picnic in the woods, then that might be a bit odd.

    • Polite Society

      I was actually thinking that looked like a pretty good picnic.

    • I noticed that too- (I have the Akai) Love the Wireless Power– Oh it’s not actually on 😉

      • Gunboat_Diplo

        the EIE is not bus-powered correct? or can you run it bare-bones off USB?

        • Totally not Bus powered- Needs a wall wart- It’s also 4 port USB HUB (which is handy I must say.) So the Power Consumption is kinda high.

  • FS

    great stuff! super creative multi-discipline work. in the sea of content i always a appreciate your selections Peter.

  • FS

    great stuff! super creative multi-discipline work. in the sea of content i always a appreciate your selections Peter.

  • Polite Society

    Did anyone else find that jiggling substance in the cymatics challenge video strangely erotic?

    • cmh

      yep.. it was oddly sexual.

    • Modulair

      The substance is maizena and water on top of a speaker cone, great fun to do 😉

  • Polite Society

    Did anyone else find that jiggling substance in the cymatics challenge video strangely erotic?

    • cmh

      yep.. it was oddly sexual.

    • Modulair

      The substance is maizena and water on top of a speaker cone, great fun to do 😉

  • ks

    She’s making cheese, right?

  • ks

    She’s making cheese, right?

  • Pete

    Márton Szigethy is more like a cameraman, judging from his name. 🙂
    Good to see some interesting stuff emerge from Hungary, I hope to hear more.

  • Pete

    Márton Szigethy is more like a cameraman, judging from his name. 🙂
    Good to see some interesting stuff emerge from Hungary, I hope to hear more.