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Culled from the Sheet Music Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library and published by Angel City Press, “Songs in the Key of Los Angeles” tells the story of Los Angeles through its songs. Featuring the elaborately designed covers of more than one hundred pieces of vintage sheet music, the unprecedented anthology offers a rare musical window into Southern California history—from
California lullabies and Los Angeles waltzes, sunshine rags and sunset serenades, to emerging West Coast jazz and the legacy of Mexican folk traditions.

Thank You Nam June Paik!

Hi All!

Just wanted to shout out to Tumblr for Spotlighting our humble little video art blog and especially thank you all for reading.  We love video art here at Niche.LA and we also love the Tumblr community, so we’ll do our best to keep everybody posted on what’s current as well as dig into a byte of history as well.

If you have a video art installation you want to share, please let us know!

Lastly, thank you Nam June Paik.

Nic Cha Kim

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Art of the West from Autry Media on Vimeo.

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Art + Food = Community at Thank You For Coming, a restaurant in Atwater Village that is also an artist residency space encompassing the worlds of sustainable farming, cooperative living, community-based activism, fine art, and design.

(l-to-r): Peter Dyer, Josh Kun, Nic Cha Kim, Aloe Blacc, Eric Heights

Here’s Niche.LA Video Art working with Aloe Blacc, Peter Dyer, and author Josh Kun on the documentary series Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: The Bedrock Sessions at Bedrock.LA in Echo Park. 

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Presented by KCET’s Artbound, Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: The Bedrock Sessions is a project of The Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

Yup, that’s me rocking my Voltron t-shirt.

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Museum Installation Time-Lapse video at the Autry National Center promoting upcoming exhibit, Art of the West.

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Art Battle LA Trailer featuring Man One, Mear One, Inkie & Eine from Niche.LA Video Art on Vimeo.

Art Battle LA

Directed by Eric Heights
Written by Nic Cha Kim

Man One
Mear One

Additional Interviews In Order of Appearance:
Vestalia Chilton, CLProjects
Candice Kay Lee, BritWeek
Bob Peirce, BritWeek
Christopher Guy, Christopher Guy Designs
Stuart Schorr, Jaguar
Daniel Lahoda, LA Freewalls
Tom Gilmore, Gilmore Associates
Rachel Romanski, Hollywood Arts
Peter Mays, Los Angeles Art Association

Produced by Nic Cha Kim & Eric Heights

Edited by Eric Heights

Executive Producer
Nic Cha Kim

Candice Kay Lee & Vestalia Chilton

Director of Photography
Eric Heights

Assistant Director
Norberto Briceno

Production Manager
Andrew Sanchez

Camera Operators
Isabel Avila, Roger Griffith, Andrew Sanchez, David Womack

Time-Lapse Photographer
Roger Griffith

Camera Assistants
Yuki Kawahara & William Diaz

Sound Recorder / Boom Operator
Norberto Briceno

Production Assistants
Yuki Kawahara & William Diaz

Assistant Editors
Norberto Briceno & Kristina Paszkiewicz

Trailer Edited by Melvin Benson

Post-Production Assistant
Norberto Briceno

Audio Engineer
Adam Klumpp

This program was produced by Niche.LA Video Art, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2012 Niche.LA Video Art.
All Rights Reserved.

Songs in the Key of L.A. is a multi-platform collaboration between the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Library, KCET’s art and culture transmedia series Artbound, and USC professor Josh Kun.

The first in a series of collaborations to mine the Library’s vast special collections, “Songs in the Key of L.A.” explores the Library’s extraordinary Southern California Sheet Music Collection. Consisting of sheet music pieces ranging from 1840s-1950s, this Collection offers a singular portrait of Los Angeles history and culture rendered in music and visual art.

Through a comprehensive anthologynew recordings by contemporary LA musiciansvideo documentaries, a special exhibition at Central Library, an ALOUD programa free concert with Grand Performances and more, “Songs in the Key of L.A.” will bring the Library’s sheet music collection to light for contemporary reflection throughout the 2013 summer.

The Bedrock Sessions” is the companion video documentary series to “Songs in the Key of Los Angeles.” Directed by Eric Heights and produced by Nic Cha Kim, “The Bedrock Sessions” is a music series presented by KCET’s art and culture transmedia series Artbound and features contemporary musicians recording personal interpretations of archived sheet music found in the Collection located inside the Central Library.

Angel City Press
LA TIMES – California dreams are told in sheet music
CurbedLA – Hear LA Bands Play Lost LA Music From 1850s Through 1950s
FLAVORWIRE – Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Sheet Music from the Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library
KPCC-’Songs in the Key of Los Angeles’ brings lost sheet music to life
USC Annenberg News “New project curated by Professor Josh Kun celebrates Southern California’s rich musical history
BOOM A Journal of California – Songs in the Key of L.A.
The California Report – In L.A., New Life for Old Sheet Music
Eastsider LA – Anyone know the lyrics to “Echo Park”? Forgotten L.A. sheet music gets an encore performance
Californiality – California Songs 1859-1959

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Imagine you’re enjoying a nice dinner while biking at the same time.  It’s called ‘A Moveable Feast.’  Check it out online!

Reporter @NicChaKim takes a bike ride while enjoying his meal: