Ledit RenArt Experiment brings a musical montage associating video and art with powerful messages spoken through music.
By Ellen Eldridge
I submit that every time I write “I don’t usually like political music” something comes along to make me feel like a hypocrite. While I maintain that I really don’t care for most people’s opinions on popular, trending subjects, what I do care about, especially within the scope of Target Audience Magazine, is the idea of combining ideas to inspire artistically.
To that end, the Ledit RenArt Experiment brings a musical montage associating video and art with powerful messages spoken through music. The website starts with a simple explanation:
The Ledit RenArt project consists in a politically engaged art venture with main motive being bringing back interest into sociopolitical subjects through art and entertainment. It consisted primarily into an original bass and percussion oriented electronic punk-rock music venue mixed with samples of political figures or other spoken or sound audio bits.
The combination of political activism, art and music drew my attention to this project, but describing it further becomes more intricate. Deciphering the intentions is par for the course. This is a project that commands attention not because it sounds catchy and has danceable beats but because it brings elements of art to the forefront.
The Protagandists EP spiraled out of ideas revolving around the 2012 presidential election. As it turned out, the whole project collided with Tribus: This is War that will be released on Amazon this August. Ramos describes this project as a return to “what I started in 2003 when trying to scribe the events that took place in New York. You could see me as some historian, if you’d like. I was also creating along the late actualities in Russia, here, in Québec and in the States.”
Again, what I want to appreciate is the effect of collaboration. Take the politics as you will, but immerse yourself in the idea that art, music and video combine to create a community for fans and artists. Rafael-Alexandre Ramos is an educated man with degrees in film production and liberal arts, as well as political science and communication.
Ramos plays drums, bass, does his own recording, editing and marketing. He says he has learned “that if you want to stick to your idea, you’re pretty alone in this world: politics and business make a strange couple. But that’s independence and whoever tells me he can drive a Ferrari but not a Lada will have to convince the Ledit RenArt into accepting him in his ranks.”
Ramos describes his thought process on the Protagandists tracks:
“Boy Cry Wolf” appeared in the very beginning of the republican’s race into choosing their presidential candidate. The question was, “who is Ron Paul and why is the media hiding and from whom?” Then appeared “Faith,” not a portrait of President Barack Obama, but of the hopes he left behind since 2008.
“Ratcity” (embedded above) came to me as a response to the anonymous activities, as terror was getting everybody’s mind; the “Aframery Poets” consisted of an attempt to unify the North American continent against hatred and the Protagandists were shed upon the web into encouraging the new generation to live a beautiful youth, made out of possibilities, understanding and maturity for America. As for “Fair Welcome,” it is the ghost of Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest philosophers of our time.