Robert Beatty: Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata

Institute 193 is pleased to partner with the label Glistening Examples on the record Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata, a collection of Robert Beatty’s sound compositions for the digital video work of the pioneering artist Takeshi Murata.

The collaborative relationship between Beatty and Murata has spawned strong work by both artists. This album highlights projects produced between 2004-2007, and marks the first time this music has been made available to the public outside of museums, galleries, and special screenings.

These dense, hypnotic pieces are the perfect complement to the psychedelic visuals of Murata’s videos. While the visual and audio elements of those pieces are obviously linked, this album presents Beatty’s soundtracks as stand-alone works, powerful compositions that invite the listener to imagine their own videoscapes with or without having viewed Murata’s work.

Beatty has performed alongside Murata’s installations in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Beijing. Beatty has long been a presence in the experimental underground as a member of the band Hair Police and under the moniker Three Legged Race. He is also an artist and designer whose practice encompasses installation, drawing, video, and album artwork for other artists including Neon Indian, Oneohtrix Point Never, Real Estate, Vybz Kartel, and Peaking Lights. His solo exhibition Cream Grid Reruns was on view at Institute 193 in 2011.

Listen to the first track from Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata here.