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Phthalocyanine gamer lullabies and neon-etched elegies for the death of dancing in reality, embracing a gently melancholic, retro-nostalgic vision for the future of nightclubs. RIYL Hatsune Miku, Lena Raine, Yamaneko
“Temple OST is the soundtrack to an unreal nightclub: a space filled with ethereal dance anthems, haunting Vocaloid refrains, and soundscapes of the near future. Created for Lek’s acclaimed installation at central London art space 180 The Strand, the album acts as a sonic gateway to his ongoing series of virtual worlds that explore the future of memory in an age of simulation.
Born in Frankfurt, Lawrence Lek is a Malaysian-Chinese multimedia artist who unifies diverse practices—architecture, gaming, video, music and fiction—into a continuously expanding cinematic universe. Always questioning the boundary between fine art and mass entertainment, his virtual realities reflect on the geopolitical dimensions of contemporary culture, labour, and technology. His works include the video game ‘Unreal Estate: The Royal Academy is Yours’ (2015 Dazed Emerging Artist Award), the influential video essay ‘Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD)’, the AI-coming-of-age story ‘Geomancer’ (2017 Jerwood/FVU Award), and ‘Nøtel’, a simulation of a fully-automated luxury hotel in collaboration with Kode9 (ICA, London; Art Basel). As a musician, Lek composes soundtracks and conducts live audio-visual mixes of his works, often incorporating live play throughs of his open-world games. Temple OST is his fourth album.”