"You wanna make me whole" by Dwang
The combination of Dwangs "You wanna make me whole" soundtrack and the accompanying paintings are an investigation into the themes of subculture, its relationship to the mainstream and the resultant effects of the individual. The first part of the song is inspired by the constant barrage of advertising,marketing and commercials.The refrain, a distorted synthetic voice is the response to this onslaught.A gamelan bell suggests a quasi religious atmosphere symbolising the cult of materialism.(See painting "Money God").All products become a nessescity in order to enhance the individuals existance and lifestyle.The disaffected search for some form of spiritual salvation (see painting "Weekend Shaman") The mid point of the song breaks down into a chaotic malaise as the strain of encompassing the hard sell seems too much to bear.(See painting "Pap Idol").Individuals are sucked up into the vortex of the mainstream, whilst others desperately try to escape it.(See painting "Vortex").This state of flux is eventually reconciled and the reprise of the original theme is reinstated.All bow to the "Money God".
The Dwang biography...
Dwang are a musical combo specialising in creating themed Soundscapes using a mix of electronic and analogue instruments with a heavy dose of effects and processing. Formed in 2000 by Ron Dwang and Bez Dwang they have performed a number of live gigs around Manchester and written sound tracks for contemporary dance productions and art shows. Noted events being:-
February 2002 - Eyeball Haemorrhage A gig at Night and Day in Manchester.
September 2002 - Nine Eleven A special anniversary gig at Night and Day in Manchester based on the horrific events that took place in New York 2001.
September 2004 - Circular Tape A contemporary dance performance by the Voidance Company funded by the Arts Council with a sound track written by Dwang.
February 2008 - Drifting A contemporary dance performance by the Voidance Company funded by the Arts Council with a sound track written by Dwang.
September 2010 - Christening A collaboration with artist Teresa Wilson for the Chew The Float exhibition at the Victoria Baths in Manchester. Dwang produced the music that provided the background soundscape.
October 2010 - Tales from the Woods A collaboration with artist Teresa Wilson at the Arena Studios for the Liverpool Biennial. Dwang produced the music that provided the background soundscape.
December 2011 - Hamilton 50 Performed at a private gig at the Carlton Club in Chorlton for the noted Manchester music critic John Hamilton.
A selection of Dwang tunes and photos can be found at:
David Bez biography...
I am based in Manchester and have worked as an illustrator, graphic designer, website designer and fused glass artist. As an illustrator I have worked for clients including EMI, Rank Xerox, British Telecom, Amnesty International, East West Records, and Ocean Software. I have illustrated childrens educational books for EJ Arnold and Thomas Nelson. I have designed T.Shirts for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and Creme Tea London. I have illustrated magazine articles for Elle,G.Q.,New Scientist and various business, trade and financial magazines.I have exhibited extensively since 1989 and here are a few exhibitions I have been involved in.
Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising Agency, London, 1989
Guitty Talberg Illustration Agency, A.O.I Gallery London, 1990
Amnesty International, Slaughterhouse Gallery, London 1991
Readers Digest Competition, Covent Garden, London, 1991, 90, 89
Benson And Hedges Competition, Mall Galleries, London, 1991,90
Mayday Group, Mechanics Institute, Manchester, 1992
Stalybridge Art Gallery, 1992
Dukes 92, Manchester, 1992
New Victoria Theatre, Ashton under Lyme, Staffordshire, 1993
Manchester Central Library, 1994
British Workhouse, Austin , Texas, U.S.A, 1999
Vermillion Gallery, Knutsford, Cheshire, 2010
Original Art Shop, Stoke on Trent, 2010
Millyard Gallery, Uppermill, 2010
Dee Fine Arts, Wirral, 2010
Hive Gallery,Part of the "Heads" Exhibition, Rochdale, 2011
Original Art Shop, Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire, 2011
Colourfield Gallery,Poynton, Cheshire, 2011
Vermillion Gallery, Knutsford, Cheshire, 2012