DMSA Mini-feature: Jeph Vanger (Y3 student) received Breakthrough Award

Greek sound artist/sound designer/music producer (aka Jeph1) and DMSA student Jeph Vanger was recently awarded the Norman Cook Digital Music and Sound Arts Breakthrough Award 2016/17 for finishing first in his year (Level 5). This is the second year this award has been around and it is a way for  showing appreciation to students who excel at their studies. The award was established by famous music producer Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim.

On the occasion of the award, we asked  Jeph a few questions.

DMSA: three important words that represent you as a creative person

JW: Sound, Vibration, Viscerality

DMSA: When did you start working with sound and music?

JW: It was right after school (18 years old) when I sold my video game console to buy my first turntable and start experimenting with records, music and sounds.

Ithaca: upon every arrival, Teaser from Gesamtatelier on Vimeo.

DMSA: In what ways has the DMSA course supported or help you to develop into who you are today creatively and professionally?

JW: The Digital Music & Sound Arts course in Brighton has made me believe that every single creative idea can be possible through experimentation and exploration. It has also widen my music horizons and helped me to open my ears and listen. In a world where overwhelming amounts of information and screens are taking over our lives through passive immersion, I think that is important to return back to pure non-distractive listening processes. More importantly, the DMSA course has filled me with hope in regards to make my goals and dreams reality as, over this year, I have been already involved in 6 theatre and performance professional projects as a sound designer and composer. Moreover, through the course, I have exhibited sound and visual installations which have been originally made for one of the course’s modules. 

Henosis Installation Preview from Jeph Vanger Sound on Vimeo.

DMSA: What are your plans for the near future? projects, events, visions

JW: I am currently focusing on the development of my dissertation and also my final sound installation. Both of those are going to be related with how hand-made speakers can sculpt the final sonic result in a specific space -“Physical Sound Design” as I’d like to call it- and they are going to examine the relation of space and sound in general through the construction of original replicas of the historic Altec 1505b Horn which has been used in theatre spaces during the 60’s & 70’s. 
 In addition, in regards to my sound design & composition projects, I’m putting the finishing touches on the modern take of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” theatre play directed by John O’Connor. This play is touring in Italy for the next two months. I’m also going to be working on the sound design of “The Opportunist” short film about kleptomania directed by Matt Page
 
When it comes to events, after my last gig in Brussels, I’m about to announce new dates for my Dub music project “Jeph1”. I’m also performing an experimental set at Green Door Store in Brighton on the 4th of December for “Splitting the Atom” experimental/free/noise all dayer. 

My overall vision for the near future is to continue working on various sound and music projects which are different, but at the same time influencing each other. 

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