April 14, 2016
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Diego Martinez (Guadalajara, Mexico; 1985) has developed a trajectory within experimental and alternative electronic music since 2000, publishing 4 albums so far. It was not until 2000, when he started to create artworks from sound to different platforms as sound installation.
His projects address multiple social issues like water business and migration, and he uses interviews and data collection methodologies for further creation of multiplatform projects such as interventions, printed works, video, and sound. Individual and collective exhibits at Ex Teresa Arte Actual, MUPAG, Museo del Chopo, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, MuseumsQuartier Viena, Mikromusik Festival at Berlin, and F.A.R.T. at Guadalajara.
- Temacapulín. Sonidos de la resistencia / MUPAG.
Guadalajara, Mexico. 2015.
- Temacapulín. Proyecto de una inundación / Ex Teresa Arte actual. Mexico City. 2014.
- On the way. Grenz erfahrung / Hinterland Galerie. Vienna, Austria. 2016.
- ¿HACE RUIDO EL ÁRBOL QUE CAE CUANDO NO HAY NADIE PARA ESCUCHARLO?. Milpa, ritual imprescindible / Jardín Botánico UNAM . Mexico City. 2015 – 2016.
- TRANSITIO_MX 06 / Centro Nacional de las Artes. Mexico City. 2015.
- PCFS: POST-COLONIAL FLAGSHIP STORE. Freiraum quarter 21 INTERNATIONAL / MuseumsQuartier. Vienna, Austria. 2014.
- MIKROMUSIK. DAAD / Berlin, Germany. 2014.
- ESTOS DÍAS. FART Festival / La Fabrica de Chocolate. Guadalajara, Mexico. 2013.
- TINNITUS Y FOSFENOS / Museo de Arte de Zapopan. Zapopan, Mexico. 2013.
- Nada volverá a ser igual. Registro de la escena hardcore-punk jalisciense hasta mediados de los noventa / Museo Universitario del Chopo. Mexico City. 2015.
- They are killing us. Ciclo Descubrimientos / CMMAS. Morelia, Mexico. 2015.
- Poemas Tonales para Edificios / Kiosco Morisco. Mexico City. 2015.
- Festival del Agua y la resistencia / CONAGUA. Guadalajara, Jalisco. 2015.
- Dos expresos en dos tazas separadas / Casa del Lago. Mexico City. 2015.
- Doña Pancha Fest / Mexicali, Mexico & Guadalajara, Mexico. 2015.
- PCIP Germinal Niños / Casa del Lago. Mexico City. 2015.
- Lumen lab The Fitness Tapes. Music intervention at Sonoridades en el Bosque. Los Colomos. Guadalajara, Mexico. 2014
- Woman, Body. International Dance Ensemble / Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas. Guadalajara, Mexico. 2014.
- In situ spatialisation of the sound piece Glossa o el sonido del lenguaje of Antonio Fernández Ros at Resonancia: ciclo de arte sonoro. MUAC & Laboratorio Sensorial. Guadalajara, Mexico. 2014.
Experimental sound project created in 2000 by Diego Martínez, taking as starting point the well-known IDM mixing it with hip hop, electro, punk hardcore and other street influences. Lumen Lab has been constantly performing in different concerts and festivals in Mexico, UK, Spain and Colombia, as well as thousands of live acts and sets in clubs, galleries, museums and alternative forums in Mexico. He appears in more than a dozen of compilations produced by international recognized labels.
The first album of the Enfant Terrible from Mexican electronica. Happily broken frequencies, electronic punk and lots of sensibility. Graphic art by JIS.
Lumen lab’s second album; twisted synthetic melodies, laptop punk, broken rhythms, glitches and a post-adolescence attitude that won’t stop exploring and partying.
Live session recorded in a powerful performance at Laboratorio Sensorial, Guadalajara MX in 2012. Lumen lab revises several tracks from Shhh!! and Comiendo algodón en la pista de baile, of course reconstructed, and also shows us a couple of unreleased songs: electronic hardcore, break beats, glitch and all the electroacoustic discharge that distinguishes Lumen lab, a great prelude to its third album.
KK Null - Israel Martínez - Lumen lab
These works are a collaboration between Japanese figure of experimental electronic music, KK Null, and Mexican artists and brothers Israel and Diego Martinez (last one best known as Lumen lab, and both mentors of the label Abolipop - Suplex). The process started at the end of 2012 when Kazuyuki Kishino, based on Tokyo and Israel Martinez from Berlin, started to share both electronic sounds and field recordings, trying to make new pieces exploring their several approaches to composition: the recording of improvisation sessions, the capture of the soundscape and then some electroacoustic computer processes.Incognita and Terra Incognita are a celebration of the sound as a bridge of communication between people from diverse geographies and generations, sharing respect for each other's work and their cultural context. Friendship, reflection and teamwork.
The title pointed to the critical social, political and economic situation of Mexico, mainly the violence that has been unleashed against innocent people through organized crime and the government itself. It is dedicated to all friends, colleagues and the Mexican society in general, who live under the daily uncertainty of losing their lives in a country that can be considered at war. Musically, Lumen lab has implemented sonorities related to electro music, in its most bizarre form, of course, and has increased the influence of hardcore, a movement that perverted his ears since his childhood. “They Are Killing Us” has several collaborations, including his brother Israel Martinez, a recognized sound and interdisciplinary artist. Both co-direct Abolipop and the digital publishing platform Suplex. For vocals, Chano collaborates. He was the voice of important bands of the crust and grindcore scene of Mexico in the nineties and the new millennium as Hydrophobia and Emphysema, besides collaborating with anarcho-punk bands like Fallas del Sistema. “They Are Killing Us” is a convulsive and powerful work, the result of fifteen years of experimentation as Lumen lab and a social context that demands nothing less than a great energy and anger to get ahead, to preserve life, because they are killing us.
Created by Martinez in 2003 as a side job to his project Lumen lab, Jack's son has become a benchmark of mexican electronic music due his powerful live performances around the world, in which has fused a huge diversity of genres during the past ten years. His proposal includes outbreaks of hip hop, soul, dub, dancehall and other aspects of contemporary electronics that incite to dance as well as stimulate sensory listening. In 2006 he released his first album Everyone has a kid inside with Abolipop Records, and 6 years later he published his second material To Clear LP. He is currently working on his third album and joining forces with the mexican project Bandido.