Emeka Ogboh debuts on Ostgut Ton sublabel A-TON


Nigerian sound and installation artist Emeka Ogboh has announced his debut release Beyond The Yellow Haze on Ostgut Ton sublabel A-TON.

Originally included as part of his 2018 exhibition ‘No Condition Is Permanent’ at Galerie Imane Farès, the five recordings layer ambient electronics with elements of dance music and field recordings from Lagos, that capture the city’s soundscapes as well as Ogboh’s deep interest in electronic composition, stimulated by his move to Berlin six years ago.

The release builds on his collaboration with Berghain, and his sound installation ‘Ayilara’ which is currently featured in their STUDIO BERLIN exhibition on the venue’s main floor. Like this Beyond The Yellow Haze contains a veritable atonal orchestra of honking, motors, sound systems, sidewalk sales pitches and various sonic artifacts of Lagos’s Danfo bus stations and beyond, which serve as both punctuation and swirling atmosphere within a kaleidoscope of bass and polyrhythms. The unpredictable result is at once place-specific and geographically indefinable. A city in situ – and processed in memory and rhythm very far away. 

Based between Lagos and Berlin, Emeka Ogboh’s artistic practice focuses on ethico-political questions through sound, food and scent. His work includes installation, video, photography and beer and has been featured in museums and exhibition spaces like dokumenta14, the Venice Biennale, the Brooklyn Museum and the American National Museum of African Art.

‘Beyond The Yellow Haze’ will be released on A-TON as a 2×12” LP on black vinyl and in digital formats. Listen to the previews below…