Akira the Don
Akira the Don is a British musician, DJ, producer. His music and production traverses the boundaries between pop, hip-hop and dance, he lists influences including Ice Cube, Adam Ant, Big Bang, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and the Wu-Tang Clan. His debut album When We Were Young was produced in collaboration with Danny Saber, James Brown and Emile. In 2017, Akira the Don started to release mixtapes in what he coined the "Meaningwave" genre, a fusion of wave music with meaningful lyrical content. Born in West Bromwich and raised in North Wales, for most of his career he lived in London. Since 2014, he has been residing in Los Angeles. In 2006, Akira rapped on Brave Captain's album Distractions. In May 2011, he released The Life Equation; the album features collaborations with Gruff Rhys and Envy. Akira produced his own videos. In 2013, Akira performed at Grant Morrison's MorrisonCon. In March 2014, Akira released A. T. D. R. I. P.. He played his final gig in London on 19 May. Akira has produced songs for a number of artists including two top forty hits for Lethal Bizzle along with songs for Newham Generals' Footsie, Big Narstie, Envy, G-Mane, Marvin The Martian and Time.
In 2011, Akira collaborated with Chilly Gonzales on mixtape. In 2015, Akira produced a cover of Adamski's "Killer" featuring Grant Morrison. Since 2017, Akira the Don has been integrating philosophically inspired lyrical content into his music, he created and developed the Meaningwave Universe, aimed at inspiring people to find wholesomeness in their lives, promotes the ideas of peak performance or flow consciousness. He's sampled soundbites from Jordan Peterson, Alan Watts, Elon Musk, Fred Rogers, Anthony Bourdain, others. In October 2014 Akira relocated to Los Angeles, where he formed the party rap duo MIDNITEMEN with long time collaborator and nightclub organiser Wade Crescent, began DJing every week in Hollywood nightspots like The Roosevelt Hotel, Blind Dragon, Hooray Henrys and Bootsy Bellows; the latter is co-owned by David Arquette, for whom Akira provided accent coaching for the actor's role in a stage production of Sherlock Holmes. As resident DJ at Blind Dragon since its launch night, he has DJed parties for the likes of The Weeknd, Nylon Magazine and Harry Styles.
He DJed for Justin Bieber at Hooray Henrys following his VMA's performance. Akira The Don's official website The Akira The Don Twitter Profile The Akira The Don Facebook Profile The Akira The Don Soundcloud Profile MusicTowers.com interview Akira the Don CMU's Chris Cooke interviews Akira the Don for The Beats Bar – thebeatsbar.co.uk Akira the Don's Animated Videos on Newgrounds.com
Remixes & Rarities
Remixes & Rarities is a compilation album containing rare songs and unreleased remixes by UK band, Temposhark, a project of singer/songwriter Robert Diament. It was released in October 2009 as a digital download; the digital version of the album includes a PDF downloadable artwork file. The album contains 20 tracks of remixes of songs taken from The Invisible Line alongside rare songs and b-sides made during the recording process of their debut album. Diament commented on his decision to release the album, "Paris" – 3:18 "Not That Big" – 3:22 "Neon Question Mark" – 3:07 "Bang" – 2:58 "The Coffee Girl" – 3:31 "I Kissed A Girl" – 2:39 "Blame" – 4:52 "Knock Me Out" – 7:12 "Crime" – 6:14 "Lemonade" – 2:16 "Invisible Ink" – 5:49 "Neon Question Mark" – 4:25 "Crime" - 5:13 "Hard, Soft" – 4:02 "Blame" – 4:30 "Little White Lie" – 6:28 "Joy" – 7:47 "Knock Me Out" – 3:31 "Snow" – 2:57 "Switch Off" - 4:19
Chelsea College of Arts
Chelsea College of Arts is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London based in London, UK, is a leading British art and design institution with an international reputation. It offers further and higher education courses in fine art, graphic design, interior design, spatial design and textile design up to PhD level. Chelsea College of Arts was an integral school of the South-Western Polytechnic, which opened at Manresa Road, Chelsea, in 1895 to provide scientific and technical education to Londoners. Day and evening classes for men and women were held in domestic economy, engineering, natural science and music. Art was taught from the beginning of the Polytechnic, included design, weaving and electrodeposition; the South-Western Polytechnic became the Chelsea Polytechnic in 1922 and taught a growing number of registered students of the University of London. At the beginning of the 1930s, the School of Art began to widen, including courses in craft training and commercial design from 1931.
H. S Williamson, the school's appointed headmaster from 1930 to 1958, introduced sculpture shortly after World War II. Notable artists from this period were employed as teachers such as Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. Alumni from this period included Elizabeth Frink, Edward Burra, Patrick Caulfield, Ethel Walker, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Clatworthy, John Latham and John Berger; the School of Science separated and became known as the Chelsea College of Science and Technology in 1957, was admitted as a constituent College of the University of London in 1966. The Chelsea College of Science and Technology was granted its Royal Charter in 1971 and merged with King's College London and Queen Elizabeth College in 1985; the School of Art merged with the Hammersmith School of Art, founded by Francis Hawke, to form the Chelsea School of Art in 1908. The newly formed school was taken over by the London County Council and a new building erected at Lime Grove, which opened with an extended curriculum. A trade school for girls was erected on the same site in 1914.
The school acquired premises at Great Titchfield Street, was jointly accommodated with Quintin Hogg's Polytechnic in Regent Street. The campus at Manresa Road introduced painting and graphic design in 1963, with both disciplines being successful. During this period, Chelsea had the highest enrolment of fine art students in any school of its kind in the country, producing many notable artists such as Ossip Zadkine, Mark Gertler and Paul Nash. Lawrence Gowing and art historian, was appointed as the first headmaster of the Chelsea School of Art, he was responsible for the integration of history and theory with practice, employing artists rather than art historians to teach art history and theory. This approach remains intrinsic to Chelsea's teaching philosophy today. Under Gowing, an option programme was introduced, which encompassed workshops in experimental music, psychoanalysis and anthropology. A basic design course, pioneered by Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton, was developed during the same period, becoming the basis of the college's current foundation course in art and design.
Professor William Callaway, Colin Cina, Bridget Jackson: These three reformed the school and ensured the redevelopment of the entire academic program, introducing courses at multiple levels from HND to accredited Honours and Postgraduate degrees. These were validated by the UK Council for National Academic Awards. Bridget Jackson was appointed Head of College in 1993, retiring in 1997 to be succeeded by Professor Colin Cina who led the college until his retirement in 2003; the Chelsea School of Art became a constituent College of the London Institute in 1986, formed by the Inner London Education Authority to associate London's art, design and media schools into a collegiate structure. The school was renamed Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1989; the London Institute was granted University status and was renamed University of the Arts London in 2004. In 2013, the College was renamed Chelsea College of Arts. In 2002–2003, Professor Roger Wilson was appointed as the Head of College until his retirement in 2006.
He led the relocation to the listed Royal Army Medical College, renovated as a purpose-built art college by the architects Allies and Morrison in 2005. With this move, the Chelsea College of Arts presently resides next to Tate Britain at Millbank, returning to one standalone campus; the college comprises three notable on-site exhibition spaces: Chelsea Space is an international and interdisciplinary platform for professional practitioners to exhibit experimental curatorial projects. The gallery releases regular publications from participating authors and designers; the Parade Ground, situated within the college, has been transformed into London's largest open-air gallery hosting events from film screenings to large scale installations in spring 2008. The exhibition ground had been used for students and professionals as an open area platform, notably artist Chris Burden's'A Flying Steamroller' in 2006. Recent exhibitions include Cildo Meireles's'Occasion', held in association with his exhibition at Tate Modern in 2008.
The Triangle Gallery, pertaining to its name, has been designed as a modern angular shaped space for students to show their work throughout the year. The college organises its research activities in partnership with Camberwell College of Arts and Wimbledon College of Art hosts a variety of research centres and clusters: International Centre for Fine Art
New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
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Kate Havnevik is a Norwegian film composer and singer. Her debut album, the critically acclaimed electronica-infused Melankton, was released in March 2006 on iTunes and April 2006 in Norway only, before being licensed internationally to Universal Republic USA later. Havnevik has utilized PledgeMusic campaigns to fund some of her albums, including You, released October 2011, &i, released March 2015, her music has been prominently featured in TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy, The O. C. and The West Wing. Kate Havnevik is the child of classical flautists Andrew Lotte Havnevik, she can play the piano, the guitar, the melodica amongst other instruments. Earlier in life, she aspired to be a classical and jazz musician, much like her parents, who are both classically trained musicians. At 14, her goals shifted when she joined an all female punk rock band and playing at Oslo's illegally occupied club Blitz; the experience led her to pursue an interest in classical music mixed with modern electronica. Havnevik set about working with producers to help hone her sound, the most famous of whom is Guy Sigsworth, part of Frou Frou, who has worked with Imogen Heap, Jem, Britney Spears, Björk and Alanis Morissette.
Havnevik tracked down Sigsworth around in 2000, rang him and left phone messages, until one day he agreed to meet her. The pair have co-written and recorded many songs together, some of which have been featured on Melankton, including "Unlike Me", "Not Fair" and "You Again", some of which will be included on Havnevik's second album'You', including "Disobey", which Havnevik premiered on her official web site, she describes Melankton as "dramatic and euphoric", deemed it the perfect introduction to her music, why it is being released first. The album title is from a character in a Norwegian book Havnevik was reading, translates to "black rose", which she says is fitting for the album. Melankton was mastered in Devon mixed in Los Angeles mixed and recorded in London, Oslo, Reykjavík and Los Angeles; the album was premiered online on Havnevik's official web site for 48 hours from 11–12 March 2006, was added to Apple Computer's iTunes music store on 27 March 2006. It was commercially released on CD on 3 April in Norway.
The US edition, featuring a new song titled "Timeless", was released in the United States on 27 March 2007 one year after its iTunes release. In addition to Sigsworth, Havnevik has collaborated with Marius De Vries, who has worked with Björk and David Gray, Yoad Nevo, famous for his work with Welsh singer Jem, LA producer Carmen Rizzo and Petter Haavik from Norwegian techno group Ost&KJex; as well as her solo projects, Havnevik has co-written and provided guest vocals on the tracks "Only This Moment" and "Circuit Breaker" by Röyksopp, both featured on the album The Understanding. Havnevik contributes vocals to Röyksopp's live EP, Röyksopp's Night Out, she co-wrote and provided vocals on the track "Crazy", featured on mono band's 2005 self-titled LP, a solo project of former Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan. Working extensively with Guy Sigsworth, she provided backing vocals, to a Britney Spears track he produced, released in late 2005, entitled "Someday." On December 5, 2006 she made her first UK broadcast media appearance, on Janice Long's BBC Radio 2 show, performing "Unlike Me", "I Don't Know You" and "New Day."
A collaboration she recorded with Carmen Rizzo, "Travel In Time", featured on Rizzo's album, The Lost Art Of The Idle Moment. The track was remixed for the UK edition of Melankton and featured on a season 3 episode of the FOX teen drama series "The O. C." and an episode of NBC TV show "Windfall". In 2010, Havnevik again collaborated with Rizzo on the track "This Life" on his "Looking Through Leaves" album. Havnevik released a 5-track EP entitled Me, in September 2008 In February 2012, Havnevik played live on Norwegian radio channel P3, performing "MYYM" from her album You. Havnevik's vocals are featured on the songs "Don't Go" & " The Fire" from the album "Atemlos" by Schiller, released on March 12, 2010 on iTunes, Germany. Havnevik joined the German concert tour of Schiller in May 2010, filmed for the 2 DVD + 1-CD box set'Lichtblick'. "Atemlos" was made available on USA iTunes and elsewhere over the summer, 2010. "Lichtblick" was released, November 2010, in Germany, includes a new song "Ghost", recorded by Havnevik and Christopher von Deylen for it.
Havnevik wrote the songs "Velvet Aeroplane", "Hallucinating Beauty" and "Oasis" for his release "Sonne" in 2012, joined him on his "Sonne" tour, She is performing on the Sonne DVD, recorded in Berlin O2 Arena, Dec. 2012. In 2010, Havnevik joined the collective "The Dark Flowers" formed by musician/writer/producer Paul Statham, inspired after reading the "Motel Chronicles" by Sam Shepard and whilst listening to a soundtrack by Bruce Langhorne, from the 70's western film, "The Hired Hand". Brian Eno's "Another Green World" has played an influence. "The Dark Flowers" collective features, apart from Havnevik's "Fast Forest Rain", songs featuring vocalist's Jim Kerr, Dot Allison, Peter Murphy, Shelly Poole, Catherine A. D, Helicopter Girl and Remi Roughe; as of fall 2010, the project is seeking a record deal. Kate Havnevik wrote and orchestrated 7 songs for the Family Film-musical Mormor og de 8 Ungene in Norway; the film was well received in press. The soundtrack is available in Norway. A subtitled version of the film will be released later.
The Streets are an English alternative hip hop music group from Birmingham, led by the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Skinner. The project released five studio albums: Original Pirate Material, A Grand Don't Come for Free, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, Everything Is Borrowed and Blues, an internet-only album Cyberspace and Reds and a string of successful singles in the mid-2000s, including "Has It Come to This?", "Fit But You Know It", "Dry Your Eyes", "When You Wasn't Famous" and "Prangin' Out". In 2001, the Locked On label, which had success with The Artful Dodger featuring Craig David, released "Has It Come to This?" under the name The Streets. It was a breakthrough hit for The Streets, reaching number 18 on the UK charts in October 2001. For The Streets' first album, Original Pirate Material, Skinner wanted to take UK garage in a new direction with material reflecting the lifestyle of clubbers in Britain; the track "Let's Push Things Forward" reflects the philosophy of the album.
The album was successful both with the general public. In the UK, the album was nominated for the Mercury Prize and was favourite with the bookmakers to win; the Streets were nominated for best album, best urban act, best breakthrough artist and best British male artist in the 2002 BRIT Awards. The NME named it as one of their top five albums of 2002; the cover image is Towering Inferno by the acclaimed photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg. Subsequent singles from that album included "Don't Mug Yourself", "Weak Become Heroes" and "Let's Push Things Forward", which all reached the top forty in the UK. Many of his songs have a UK garage feel. Original Pirate Material had debuted and peaked at number twelve in the UK album charts, did not reach any higher until his next album was released; the success of Original Pirate Material in the UK led to a US release of the album through Vice/Atlantic in late 2002. Though the album was not a commercial success in the States, it was received positively, with Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Blender, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times all nominating it as one of the albums of the year.
The album was named Entertainment Weekly's "album of the year". The album reached number two on the Billboard electronic charts and the top 20 on the independent and Heatseeker charts in the US in 2003. In May 2004, Skinner released a new single, "Fit but You Know It" which became his debuting and highest single to that point, reaching number four in the UK; the single was used by EA Sports as part of the soundtrack for its video game FIFA 2005."Fit But You Know It" is from Skinner's second album, A Grand Don't Come for Free, a concept album about a short period in the protagonist's life. The events depicted include losing £1,000, the start of a new relationship, going on holiday, breaking up, finding the money again; the MC's remix of "Fit But You Know It" features underground MCs such as Kano, Tinchy Stryder, Donae'o, Lady Sovereign and Devilman. The album entered the UK album charts at number two, but reached number one. Soon after its release, Skinner's success grew in July 2004 with the second single, "Dry Your Eyes", debuting at the top of the chart in the UK.
The success of this album and its singles led to a re-kindling of interest in the first album, Original Pirate Material, which re-entered the UK album charts and beat its original chart peak of two years earlier. "Blinded By the Lights", the third single from A Grand Don't Come for Free, entered the Top 10 in September 2004, a fourth and final single, "Could Well Be In", was released in late 2004. Skinner's third studio album under The Streets' name, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, was released on 10 April 2006 in the United Kingdom and on 25 April 2006 in North America. In the UK it entered the album chart at number one, it was a change in direction from his first two albums, the lyrical theme moving away from the stories about working class Britain and instead focusing on the ups and downs of the fame that Skinner encountered after the success of his previous albums. The first single, "When You Wasn't Famous", was released two weeks before the album; the song is about Skinner's troubles with trying to date a famous person, following his new-found fame.
It was named'Track of the Week' by NME in early March 2006, but it only reached the bottom of the top 10, peaking at number eight. There has been much speculation over which celebrity "When You Wasn't Famous" is about - Rachel Stevens and Cheryl Cole are two names that have been ruled out, despite Skinner dedicating the song to Cole on Top of the Pops; this reluctance to reveal the subject may be more than simple politeness, as some of the descriptions of the unnamed starlet in the track are damaging. At one point, Skinner discloses "my whole life I never thought I'd see a pop star smoke crack". Skinner disclosed in his memoirs that the track is not about his relationship with Rachel Stevens and that she was not the pop star who smoked crack; the second single, "Never Went to Church", is a tribute to Skinner's late father, appears to use the chord progression of The Beatles' "Let It Be" as a backing. The album included the track "Prangin' Out", remixed with the Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty.
In September 2008, Skinner released his fourth studio album, Everything Is Borrowed. One song from the album was on Skinner's Myspace page for a while before being replaced by a cover of "Your Song". In a posting on his Myspace blog, Skinner noted that the group's upcoming LP would contain "peaceful, positive vibes" in comparison with 2006's The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living. In a blurb about the album on Skinner's Myspace, he says, "This album s
Björk Guðmundsdóttir is an Icelandic singer, composer, record producer, DJ. Over her four-decade career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres spanning electronic, experimental, trip hop, IDM, avant-garde music. Born and raised in Reykjavík, she began her music career at age 11 and first gained international recognition as the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Sugarcubes, whose 1987 single "Birthday" was a hit on US and UK indie stations and a favourite among music critics. After the band's breakup, Björk embarked on a solo career in 1993, coming to prominence as a solo artist with albums such as Debut and Homogenic, while collaborating with a range of artists and exploring a variety of multimedia projects. Several of Björk's albums have reached the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, the most recent being Vulnicura. Björk has had 31 singles reach the top 40 on pop charts around the world, with 22 top 40 hits in the UK, including the top 10 hits "It's Oh So Quiet", "Army of Me", "Hyperballad".
She is reported to have sold between 20 and 40 million records worldwide as of 2015. She has won the 2010 Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her "deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice." Björk was included in Time's 2015 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She was ranked both sixtieth and eighty-first in Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers and songwriters lists respectively. Björk won five BRIT Awards, has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards. Outside her music career, Björk starred in the 2000 Lars von Trier film Dancer in the Dark, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, was nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I've Seen It All", her 2011 album Biophillia was marketed as an interactive app album with its own education program. Björk has been an advocate for environmental causes in her home country Iceland. A full-scale retrospective exhibition dedicated to Björk was held at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2015.
Björk was born on 21 November 1965 in Reykjavík. Björk's mother is activist Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, who protested against the development of Iceland's Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant. Björk's father is a union leader and electrician, they divorced when Björk was born and she moved with her mother to a commune. Her stepfather is a former guitarist in a band called Pops. At six, Björk enrolled at Reykjavík school Barnamúsíkskóli, where she studied classical piano and flute. After a school recital in which Björk sang Tina Charles' 1976 hit "I Love to Love", her teachers sent a recording of her singing the song to the RÚV radio station – Iceland's only radio station; the recording was nationally broadcast and, after hearing it, a representative of the Fálkinn record label offered Björk a recording contract. Her self-titled début, Björk, was recorded and released in Iceland in December 1977 when she was 11 years old. During her teens, after the diffusion of punk rock music in Iceland, she formed the all-girl punk band Spit and Snot.
A year in 1980, she formed a jazz fusion group called Exodus and collaborated in another group called JAM80. During the same year she graduated from music school. In 1982, she and bassist Jakob Magnússon formed another group, Tappi Tíkarrass, released EP Bitið fast í vitið, in August 1982, their album Miranda was released in December 1983. The group was featured in the documentary Rokk í Reykjavík, with Björk being featured on the cover of the VHS release. Around this time, Björk met guitarist Þór Eldon and surrealist group Medusa, which included poet Sjón, with whom she started a lifelong collaboration and formed a small group called Rokka Rokka Drum. Björk appeared as a featured artist on "Afi", a track from the Björgvin Gíslason 1983 record Örugglega. Due to the imminent discontinuance of radio show Áfangar, two radio personalities, Ásmundur Jónsson and Guðni Rúnar, called out to musicians to play on a last live radio show. Björk joined with Einar Melax, Einar Örn Benediktsson, Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson and Sigtryggur Baldursson, Birgir Mogensen to perform on the concert.
The group developed a gothic rock sound. During this experience, Björk began to develop her vocalisation -- punctuated by shrieks; the project performed as Gott kvöld during the concert but decided to keep playing together as a group and they used the name Kukl. Björk's acquaintance gave the group their studio to record in and released their first single in 1983, their first big performance was at a festival in Iceland, headlined by English anarchist punk band Crass, whose record label, Crass Records offered the band a record deal. The Eye was released in 1984 and was followed by a two-month tour in Europe, which included a performance at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, making Kukl the first Icelandic band to play at the festival. During this period Björk published a hand-coloured book of poems. Um Úrnat frá Björk was distributed in 1984. In 1985, Björk continued touring with Kukl, their second album, called Holidays in Europe, came out in 1986. The band split up due to personal conflict, with Björk keeping a collaboration with Óttarsson, named The Elgar Sisters.
Some of the songs they recorded ended up as B-sides to Björk solo singles. I