I See In Color

Joe Kye and Austin Antoine's latest jam is an anthem for acknowledgment

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Hi again, ROCK PAPAER RADIO friends. I’m sending you two emails today because I shared the wrong link to Austin and Joe’s #AZNxBLM song in today’s Thursday dispatch. Apologies! But also, now we have this opportunity to share both pieces from their I SEE IN COLOR collaboration together in one click. Enjoy and please spread the word.

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Joe Kye is a violinist-looper, composer, and storyteller. Austin Antoine is a multimedia artist who blurs lines between music, poetry, and theatrics.

I SEE IN COLOR includes two audio art pieces: an original song produced for #AZNxBLM, and an interview sound collage. The interview features Joe and Austin in-conversation on masculinity, the power of performance, and their experiences as Asian and Black men in America.

Both pieces are inspired by the possibility of dismantling the concept of “colorblindness,” and aim to invite listeners to acknowledge all parts of themselves and others, including race.

Here’s I SEE IN COLOR, the song:

The song is performed by Austin Antoine and Joe Kye, and was mixed and mastered by Sean Stack at Fat Cat Recording. Artwork by Ameya Okamoto.

Here’s I SEE IN COLOR, the conversation:

This 4-minute audio collage features Joe Kye and Austin Antoine in-conversation, and was mixed and mastered by Sean Stack at Fat Cat Recording.

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