Terrabyte: Art, Science and Nature – 2007

Posted: August 27th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Ambient, Ambient Techno, Audio-Visual, Events | No Comments »

Tycho works the soft, warm magic of yesterday's future

Tycho showcases his watercolored, nostalgic sound at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Photo by Electrohound.

On Sunday, the third annual “Terrabyte” show began with local DJs and electronica artists playing to families, kids, hipsters and students. Set in the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, a vast park filled with plants and trees from around the world, the “Art, Science and Nature” event began around 4 in the afternoon and extended to late evening.

In the main area, ambient techno artists Testshot Starfish, Tycho and Boom Bip explored three different sides of electronic music. Testshot Starfish belted out their glitchy heaps of textured funk and warping walls of sound. Tycho played mellower tunes to a sitting audience lounging on the grass and tripping out to his ’70s inspired psychedelia. And Boom Bip closed out with a techno party vibe, keeping the metronomes steady and fun. A cover of Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out” drew the most smiles of the night.
I & I Soundsystem at Terrabyte 2007

I & I Soundsystem bring their portable irie party to Pasadena. Photo by Electrohound.

Elsewhere, the organizers set up I & I Soundsystem near the stage grounds, their mobile music van chugging out dub, reggae and soul from sunlight to moonrise. Walking along the grounds, my girlfriend and I explored the Arboretum by ourselves, walking once before sundown and again at night under a full moon. Read the rest of this entry »


Boom Bip at Terrabyte

Posted: August 26th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Ambient, Ambient Techno, Audio-Visual, Events, Techno | No Comments »

Boom Bip trips the light fantasticBoom Bip rocks out LA Arboretum at Terrabyte 2007

Photos by Electrohound.


Video Comparison: Battles vs. DJ Pierre

Posted: August 15th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Audio-Visual, Dance Rock, Events, House, Techno | No Comments »

Battles bring their mad science to Los Angeles, June 30, 2007. Video by Electrohound.

Above, Battles, the math rock electronica outfit, use samplers and computers to bend and reinvent instrumental jamming at the Troubadour. You can get the feeling by watching them that they are working from inside the belly of the beast, breaking through into a new hybrid of sound and technique. Below, the same night, DJ Pierre, the acid house pioneer from Chicago that discovered the liquid potential of the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer, spins at Doc Martin’s Sublevel party. Dancers around him absorb the machine rhythms under a swirl of light.

DJ Pierre takes dancers on a head trip at Sublevel, June 30, 2007. Video by Electrohound.


Mad Science: Battles and Acid House

Posted: August 14th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Audio-Visual, Dance Rock, Events, House, Techno | 1 Comment »

Light visuals at Sublevel Acid House anniversary

Dancers jack to DJ Pierre’s molten acid house at Sublevel’s June 30, 2006 event. Photo by Electrohound.

In late June, math rock band Battles came to town to showcase their mad science at the Troubadour. With a massive bank of samplers, sequencers, keyboards, effects units, and laptops, they melded their guitars, basses and drums into a fluid matrix of hybrid electronica.

Signed to Warp Records, they just released their debut album Mirrored to critical acclaim. Their first single “Atlas” has many a music connoisseur wagging their tongues to its modulating vocals and marching groove. To me, it instantly calls to mind the anime music of Akira by Geino Yamashirogumi, shot through a M.C. Escher sketch.

Consisting of ex-Helmet drummer John Stanier, ex-Don Caballero guitarist Ian Williams, ex-Lynx guitarist Dave Konopka, and Tyondai Braxton (son of avant-garde jazz musician Anthony Braxton), Battles ushers in a new frontier that abets improvised jazz, instrumental rock, funk and techno.

Battles at the Troubadour

American math rockers Battles take their fusion sound to LA’s legendary Troubadour. Photo by Electrohound.

To give a little sense of their technique, Konopka will play a measure on his electric guitar, sampling it live, and then loop it as Stanier matches the pace with his drum kit. Next, Williams, Konopka and Braxton add new guitar lines, distorted riffs and keyboard touches. Later, as with “Atlas,” Braxton will sing notes into a microphone, sampling it live and then morphing its pitch and timbre with an effects box. Read the rest of this entry »


Daft Punk, "Give Me Some Triangle!"

Posted: August 2nd, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Audio-Visual, Dance Rock, Events, House, Techno | 1 Comment »

Daft Punk gives some triangle love back

Following on the growing triangle phenomenon, the crowd at Berkeley give the sign. Hip to their fans’ growing devotion, the robots give back some triangle love.


Daft Punk Hails Earthlings

Posted: August 2nd, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Audio-Visual, Dance Rock, Events, House, Techno | No Comments »

Daft Punk hails earthlings


Daft Punk Schools Berkeley kids

Posted: August 2nd, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Audio-Visual, Dance Rock, Events, House, Techno | No Comments »

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