by Safuan Johari
Mixed Media Assemblage
"Nostalgia is memory with the pain removed." Herbert Eugene Caen
The song in its original recording glory (The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967) is easy to the ears, and in less than three minutes of the aural journey, it evokes ample rustic charms, rides through wistful woes and ultimately, brings much solace.
As far as I can remember, the first time I heard the celesta twinkling through this number, I was possibly four or five. Till now, that heavenly keys combined with Lou Reed’s airy whispers possessed this majestic force that transports me back to various moments in time.
And as time persists, some layers of the past just get amplified.
In Memory of Shalahudin Johari (1971-2009)
The Velvet Underground
About The Artist
After years of meddling in electronic music, Safuan Johari is a Singaporean sound-designer, music producer and performer. He is better known as Max Lane, a psuedonym he christened himself with for his production and performance adventures in the electronic realm. As a sound-designer, Safuan has worked on various visual projection-based multimedia art installations. This includes a range of commissioned projects for the People Association, Hewlett-Packard, Beijing Fashion Week, Fila and many more. The performer in Safuan has graced many stages around the world including the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival in France. Safuan is also the founding member of audio-visual collective, Syndicate, and is the label manager who oversees the digital releases and distribution for the collective’s music catalogue.
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