Music and art have always enjoyed a fluid relationship. With one medium frequently crossing over into the realms of the other, the boundaries between music and art are not exactly clearly defined. RedSonic at the Red Gallery in London's Shoreditch is a ten day festival that celebrates this fluidity, and champions the cause of "sound as an art form" by exploring just how far these boundaries can be pushed.
RedSonic First Edition is in fact the second incarnation of this fascinating festival. Inaugurated as RedSonic Zero Edition back in January 2012, this celebration of aural art brings together some of the world's most talented audio artists across a range of disparate styles.
Right now, the festival's organisers are keeping the names of this year's artists and performers under wraps, but expect a similarly diverse line up to the 2012 edition, which included the likes of David Troop, Jonty Harrison, D-Fuse and Michel Chion, amongst others.
The project itself is the brainchild of Greg Konrady and Aquiles Pantaleao, who worked closely with the Red Gallery to explore the artistic and aesthetic potential of sound in a variety of forms. The pair are keen to stress that such artistic forms are nothing new and the concepts being explored now are similar to the ones explored at the beginning of the audio-recording boom in the early-twentieth century.
As accessible to aural-art aficionados as it is to novices with curious minds and objective ear-drums, the RedSonic festival provides one of the most fascinating and potentially ear-opening experiences in the capital. Make sure to put it on your New Year to-do list.