Oscillations Art: Joe Baker

In the fourth part in our series featuring the visual artists who contributed to Jus Like Music & Apple Juice Break present: Oscillations, we’re focussing on visual artist Joe Baker. Don’t forget to go back and check the first three parts with Remi/Rough, Nadia Lavard and Magda Kaggwa, respectively. Plus, remember to get your FREE download of Oscillations Part 1 & 2 via the Jus Like Music Records Bandcamp page!

Jus Like Music: Who are you, where are you from and what do you do?

Joe Baker: My name is Joe Baker, I was born in a small mining town called Stafford in the UK, and was raised in a small mining town in Australia called Emerald. I’m currently living in Brisbane, earning a crust for future study and making various still and moving image works for my personal collection and for the Dank Morass collective – where I do a bit of VJ work under the alias of Archi Lancaster.

JLM: Why is it that you do what you do?

JB: Well, growing up I was always surrounded by people who lived very secure and comfortable lives. I liked sitting in the middle of Emerald sometimes and watching the same thing happen over and over again, and at times this repetitive observation seemed quite strange in itself. So, I always liked the idea of obscuring normality, which almost always warped the aesthetic of my artwork into something slightly disturbing or strange to look at.

JLM: And what’s new in your world?

JB: All this new music that’s being made now days, the beat scene is something I cant remove my headphones for, no doubt! Also, all the visual artists that support labels like LuckyMe and Brainfeeder, like Kom Om Pax and Dr Strangeloop, these people are definitely floating my boat at the moment for sure.

JLM: Where do you hope to go with your own art?

JB: I hope my travels and future studies open me up to some new areas of the art world. I’d like to see some more international VJs doing their thing. Just learning a slew of new processes and techniques along the way and hopefully get myself into that click of recognisable club visual manipulators. That would be cool.

JLM: You’ve touched on music a few times, but what sorts of music are you really into?

JB: I was always interested in electronica, drum and bass and more recently future soul, and abstract sounding beats – something that’s atmospheric and at times heavy on the beat and synth. I also have pretty strong roots in experimental post punk music, which I always enjoyed for the apparent inconsistencies in rhythm and timing. That carefree, loose approach to production that I loved in Sonic Youth, for example, is kind of what I’ve been hearing recently in beat makers like Ras G, Daedelus and Illum Sphere. That’s the sound I dig, basically.

JLM: Lastly, can you tell me about the track you’ve chosen to include with this article?

JB: I’ve chosen the track entitled Campfire by Sonic Youth, it’s basically a track that was made entirely on a Roland MC-303 back in 1999. This experimental piece of music sounds like a synthetic campfire cracking and popping away with other pieces of various distorted sounds. I like this because of its similarities with the raw/space, like tweaks and glitches, that can be heard in the production of Ras G for example. Campfire is a song I’ve loved for a very long time and it’s great to find a connection to it in music being made today.

mp3: Sonic Youth – Campfire