MUSIC

Aislyn

From underneath a pile of composition & music theory books, two musicians found a common place for creative inspiration to initiate. Aislyn is a writing duo consisting of Sofia Degli Alessandri and Ian Hultquist who have been working together since meeting in Boston. Spawning from a common interest in film scoring and electronic music, Aislyn, which means “dream” in Gaelic, have released a debut self-titled EP. Often referred to as “cosmic-pop-noir”, Aislyn’s songs may not resemble the happy-go-lucky works of Ian’s other project, Passion Pit, however their music still entices similar head-bobbing-butt-twists with synth-washed electro beats. As well as constantly creating new music, the band has been doing remixes and working with artists such as Freelance Whales, Neon Indian, Tokyo Police Club and most recently DOM. Aislyn composed an original track called “Two Shadows” for the film.
www.aislynmusic.com

Indian Jewelry

Indian Jewelry is a van gang from Houston, Texas. TOTALED is their latest record, and their third album for We Are Free/Monitor Records. TOTALED is weird, dirty and to the point.  Indian Jewelry hasn’t turned away from cracked cymbals, feedback, and burning amps. They’re running them through more effects. Erika Thrasher and Tex Kerschen wrote and recorded the record in 2009 in Houston and Los Angeles. TOTALED is the sum of hundreds of shows on the road and hundreds of hours under headphones. In it is the swamp electro of 2003’s We Are The Wild Beast, the nightmare throb of 2005’s Invasive Exotics, and the sonic angel dream of 2008’s Free Gold. It’s like arriving to the beach, headspun and weightless after a sleepless night, only to remember that a hurricane has come and wiped almost everything away.
www.swarmofangels.com

Khmer KID

Cambodian-American hip hop arist Khmer KID was born in the Khao I Dang refugee camp in Thailand, before re-locating to Illinois. Music has always been a part of his life. In 1995, he began making instrumentals by manually looping samples on cassette tape. Within a year, Khmer KID released his first track “Smoke Weed” which has since acquired over 3 million views on Youtube. During his time in prison, Khmer KID penned his first full-length album, The Khmer Album, released in 2010.  Khmer KID continues to write music, and collaborates with many other Cambodian rappers, including the Klapyahandz hip hop collective in Phnom Penh.
www.khmerempireentertainment.com

Mitsoura

Mitsoura is one of the most illustrious Eastern European worldmusic groups.  The group’s lead singer Monika Mitsou Miczura is among the best Gypsy performers the world over. She has sang with Gipsy Kings and toured the world with Fanfare Ciocarlia.  Mitsoura is able to successfully integrate the music of the Carpathian Roma musical tradition into a progressive musical environment of different electronic, rhythmical and ethnic structures. Their unique arrangements of Indian percussion, various Balkan strings and winds, Hungarian cimbalom and the processed electronic basis of the whole, create a magical soundscape.
www.mitsoura.net

Neung Phak

Oakland, California’s Neung Phak (pronounced: noong-pAHk) have carved out nearly a decade’s worth of unique recordings and performance. Formed in 2001, the 7-piece group plays a wide range of folk and pop sounds from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam and elsewhere, using a variety of Western and non-Western instruments – inspired by cassette tapes, LPs and radio broadcasts harvested during years of travels. Neung Phak delivers international sounds that trade the gloss and sheen of so-called “World Music” for the energy and unpredictability you might actually find if you were somewhere else.
www.neungphak.net

Sharps

Ryan Dorward of Vancouver, better known as Sharps, began writing music in the 90’s amidst the warehouse parties and experimental electronic music that was exploding at the time. His music remains diverse, ranging from raw dancefloor beats to the abstract fringes of sound design. Sharps has received a Hugh le Cain award for young composers, DJ’d alongside Tipper, Freq Nasty and Vibesquad, and regularly has his tracks dropped by some of the biggest names in underground dance, including Bassnectar, Mimosa, Mat the Alien and Ill Gates. He also composes music for video, interactive sound art and now makes his debut in music for film with an original composition for Two Shadows.
www.sharpsbeats.com

Sublime Frequencies

Sublime Frequencies is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations.
www.sublimefrequencies.com

Golden Era Family Fund

Two Shadows features the music of several Cambodian pop stars of the 1960′s and 70′s such as Ros Sereysothea, Sin Sisamouth and Pan Ron.  All of these singers were tragically executed by the Khmer Rouge regime during the late 1970′s.  In 2010, director Greg Cahill and co-producer Arn Chorn-Pond instituted a program to support the surviving families of these slain musicians, known as the Golden Era Family Fund, administered by Cambodian Living Arts.  Anyone interested in using the music of these musicians in any media can obtain permission from the families.  Small donations for the families are welcome.  Please contact CLA for information.
www.cambodianlivingarts.org