Artist of the day: Pivotal Movement
Ryan Mitchell is a prolific guy. You may have seen his trippy, jazzy band The New Math at ARTpool parties, and you may have heard music from his project Force of Change, a collaboration with New York musician Tony Grund. Or maybe you’ve heard his mostly solo material under the moniker Pivotal Movement.
In recent months, remixes of two songs by Bombay Dub Orchestra, by both Force of Change and Pivotal Movement, were released on Six Degrees Records in September. And the Force of Change Remix of Bombay Dub Orchestra’s Monsoon Malabar was in rotation on BBC Radio’s Friction program.
Mitchell has an eclectic musical background. His dad worked for A&M Records in Canada, and as a member of a children’s choir, he performed in Iceland and before a New York Mets game. In his teens, he got involved with electronic music, inspired by everyone from Philip Glass to Goldie to Mobb Deep.
“Basically, I strive for electro-organic sonic elements,” he said in an email. “I am a lover of classical and symphonic textures and I think that shows through a lot of my music. I’ve also done a fair amount of traveling (Haiti, India, Ethiopia, Argentia) as well as getting my start as a human in Toronto’s Chinatown. I’m aware of how different cultural perceptions of auditory elements can result in sounds and emotive qualities that maybe western audiences weren’t expecting (and vice versa).”
Click here to check out Bombay Dub Orchestra’s The New York Remixes, featuring two tracks co-remixed by Mitchell.