City of God's Son [video/sound art]

City of God's Son is a multimedia experiment from Kenzo Digital -- an apprentice of the late, great video artist Nam June Paik.

It's composed of a 2 minute video clip and 1 hour long audio track.

When listening to the musical/soundscape portion of City of God's Son, I highly recommend focusing solely on the sound. Close those multiple Firefox tabs. Turn off the lights. Turn up the volume. Shut your eyes. And let this story unfold in your mind's eye.

City of God's Son (download audio)


(SOURCE: City of God's Son official website) “City of God’s Son” is an experimental hip-hop opera starring Nas, Jay Z, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. It is a crime drama/coming of age tale of three fictitious characters growing up in a crime ridden city in a jungle. This project explores the icon of the gangster in modern media, and weaves musical history and gangster film history into an operatic music based story of brotherhood and survival. An homage to 90’s New York hip-hop, “City of God’s Son” is the redefinition of the remix. Featuring legendary soul singer Joe Bataan. The musical/soundscape portion of the project is available for FREE download on this site, the visual/installation is coming this summer to NY.

COMING THIS SUMMER: City of God’s Son art installation:  This summer I will be creating a new form of Cinema, Theater, and Opera in an outside gallery space in NY's Chelsea art district. There, the listener will be able to experience COGS in the form it was initially intended, as a psychedelic abstract combination of visual and audio sensory over stimulation and deprivation in a unique outdoor setting. The installation is not a literal interpretation of the narrative, but rather a space that will help drive the listeners own visualization of the story through a mix of color, live action movement and gesture, sound, and space. (source)