MixTate Series Continues With Conor Thomas

The sixth instalment reveals the Manchester DJ’s ode to Jackson Pollock.

The MixTate is a series which hosts mixes from a variety of up and coming musicians that are inspired by works at the Tate. Previous editions have featured artists such as WIFE, FaltyDL and Claude Speeed take inspiration from artists Bill Viola, Ford Madox Brown and Matthew Barney respectively.

Conor Thomas,  co-curator of record labels Boomkat Editions and The Death Of Rave, home to recent XL-signee Powell, founded the popular Manchester club night Faktion which has hosted artists such as Arca, M.E.S.H. and Oneohtrix Point Never. Thomas, who also DJs regularly at UTTU parties and featured on Boiler Room in late 2013, serves up his own sonic interpretation of Jackson Pollock’s ‘Summertime: Number 9A’ from 1948 in the latest edition of the MixTate series. Here’s some of what he had to say about it:

‘In the rhythmic patterns of Jackson Pollock’s Summertime: Number 9A 1948 I see a graphic score transcribing the chaotic energy and discipline that would also come to be harnessed in jazz, concrète and psychedelia. My response to the piece is both kinaesthetic and synaesthetic, seeing the static trance of a dance-floor frieze and hearing a parallel to the flowering of freeform abstract expression in the musical arts around that era.’

You can listen to the half-hour mix here and hear the rest of the mix series here