In late 2011, REDEFINE shifted its focus from traditional music journalism to highlighting the ways in which art is inspired by and inspires other walks of life. Encouraged by the words of fine thinkers through the ages, we aim to create arts journalism which, like art itself, has wide-reaching transformative potentials for self and society.
Every article below has come from years of work with a completely voluntary staff.
With your help and support, we hope to make an even larger positive impact on the world with socially-conscious and expansive arts journalism.
By interviewing individuals with different roles and skillsets, we show how multiple minds collaborate on the same projects and highlight how various types of art intersect.
Album Covers Of The Year __ AUDIO-VISUAL
Artists, musicians, and labels discuss the complex creative process of album covers.
Music Video Features __ AUDIO-VISUAL
An ongoing series that gathers insight from directors and musicians.
I and I: A Collective Interview w/ Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, Tony Lowe & The Congos __ MULTICULTURAL
A four-way interview with two American musicians, one Jamaican band, and one American director.
Orcas Band Interview: A Balance Of Majestic Forces
A sound and text analysis of two solo musicians on their first collaborative work together.
In 2005, REDEFINE dedicated an entire print issue to Hopeless Records’ Take Action Tour and its charitable cause: suicide prevention. We now regularly feature up-and-coming artists who are using their spheres of influence to help the world-at-large.
La Dispute Collect For Charity, Locally & Abroad
Vocalist Jordan Dreyer speaks on the band's impressive history of giving to organizations supporting disenfranchised youth.
Red Fang Benefit Portland Arts Education
Bassist Aaron Beam discusses the plight of funding loss in Portland schools and what Red Fang did to help.
Country-themed mixtapes and in-depth feature articles about regional music scenes encourage understanding across country lines, and bilingual articles grow that even more.
The Real Icelandic Music Scene __ MULTICULTURAL
An in-depth analysis of the Icelandic music scene featuring interviews from dozens of musicians and industry folks, plus three mixtape downloads with exclusive tracks available nowhere else.
Sun Airway / NAM Album Cover Artwork __ JAPANESE & ENGLISH + AUDIO-VISUAL + MULTICULTURAL
Interviews with Japanese art collective NAM and American musicians Sun Airway on the visual language of music.
Ikonoklasta Protests Against The Angolan Government __ PORTUGUESE & ENGLISH + MULTICULTURAL
An interview regarding political turmoil in Angola and one rapper's role in helping foster a youthful revolution.
Hands In The Dark Label Mixtape __ FRENCH & ENGLISH + MULTICULTURAL
One of our many exclusive mixtapes, courtesy of French label Hands In The Dark.
Will your contribution be going towards a printed publication? Nope!
We ceased printing REDEFINE in 2008, marking the beginning of a move towards a more environmentally-sustainable creation. In 2012, we closed our PO Box to discourage physical submissions completely, Save for occasional artistic items, our IndieGoGo has been limited to mostly intangible prizes for the exact same reason.
Art can often be directly influenced by things outside of art, whether they be the social sciences, science, mathematics, or the great beyond. We work to uncover those motivations, to show that the arts mutually informs and is informed by all walks of life.
La Dispute Band Interview: It’s Like Medicine. It’s Self Discovery. __ LITERATURE + RELIGION
How Vladimir Nabokov’s literary works, a Christian upbringing, and the socioeconomic climate of Detroit can influence one's lyrical output.
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller Live Review __ PHILOSOPHY + HISTORY + AUDIO-VISUAL
The life of inventor and environmentalist R. Buckminster Fuller, in a live “documentary” with narration from Sam Green and music from Yo La Tengo.
Compare & Contrast: Mao Zedong In Art, Then And Now __ POLITICS + SOCIOLOGY + MULTICULTURAL
The portrayal of Communist leader Mao Zedong is viewed by comparing and contrasting art from Mao's era to Andy Warhol to now.
Alexis Arnold Artist Interview: Crystallizing The Present __ SCIENCE + LITERATURE
Borax and crystal formations help create literature-inspired artistic sculptures.
Prince Rama Band Interview: Utopia of the Now Age Manifesto __ PHILOSOPHY + SPIRITUALITY
A musician-crafted manifesto on time-space, performance and performer exchanges, and concepts of spirituality.
Celestial Summer: A Compilation to Reinterpret Space __ SCIENCE
Multiple musicians are given the task of building songs for a single compilation, using space recordings from NASA as a foundation.
Gardens & Villa Band Interview: Naturally Mystical __ LITERATURE + PHILOSOPHY + SPIRITUALITY
A lyrical analysis offers hints into how literature, philosophy, and spirituality can play a key role in indie pop music.
Every year, REDEFINE hosts multiple events in Portland, Seattle, New York, Austin, or over the internet, which are always low-cost, mostly DIY, and sometimes all-ages. Each of the events is driven by a different philosophical focus, but all work to highlight the ways in which different art forms and divergent communities can come together.
Mystical & Spiritual Ideas in Modern Music: SXSW 2013 Panel Pitch __ PHILOSOPHY + SPIRITUALITY
A visual exploration of how creation is influenced when musicians have strong foundations in the metaphysical, citing influences from John Coltrane, Philip Glass, Michael Jackson, Friedrich Nietzche, Carl Jung, and dozens more thinkers, modern and old.
Motion & Movement In Music Video __ AUDIO-VISUAL
A pair of complementary panels and open community dialogue on dance and movement in music videos, in collaboration with two of the West Coast's largest festivals, Bumbershoot and MusicfestNW.
BODY||MIND 2012: An Unofficial SXSW House Party __ AUDIO-VISUAL
An intimate free house party in the midst of SXSW madness that focused on psychedelia of all kinds by engaging the body in dance rhythms and the mind through psyche-altering compositions.
Protect Creative Content Creation; Join REDEFINE In SOPA/PIPA Blackout __ POLITICS
An online call to mobilize music blogs and publications to protest against SOPA and PIPA in a collective stand.
Intuitive Navigation __ AUDIO-VISUAL
"Holocene gets dressed up as an empyrean dreamworld tonight for Redefine Magazine's Intuitive Navigation, a cross-disciplinary indulgence of film, music, dance, wearable sculpture, and art installation. Intended to facilitate a self-reflective state of meditation for the attendee, expect ritualistic performance art and hypnotic stimuli galore. The event will be soundtracked by some of the Northwest’s most prismatic artists, who will perform in costume along with visual artists and dancers to enhance the immersive experience. Take special note of the evening’s headliner, Portland’s best bet for trance-induction: the soporifically zonked Golden Retriever." - Portland Mercury
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Your contribution will be used tto pay writers for well-researched feature-length articles and possibly marketing to grow traffic to the site.
When will my prizes be delivered?
All prizes are on a variable timeline, though the lower-tier prizes should be distributed fairly quickly. The custom projects will take longer, particularly if they are articles that involve coordination on the website and with writers.
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