This show is NOT for the faint of heart. It is a truly deep journey into the most abstract and profound realms of electronic music. It is a jaunt into a space and time that reflects the direction music is taking as we fly into the ultra_future. 2012 may very well need a soundtrack, and these artists and their music could be the candidates for that task.
Others who enjoy the sublime abstraction of the concepts of stress-release or impending earth changes could possibly discover the music's ties to physiologically empowering rhythms that exist in indigenous cultures and traditions; modalities which are meant to LIFT YOU UP and BRING YOU THROUGH blocks in creativity and consciousness in order to reveal a higher state of awareness.
Folks who are looking for aliens to land and keep an ever watchful eye out for UFO's might appreciate the sonic blast that these artists present. There is nothing alien about this music, to those of us who have already split for hyperspace, but there could be a hint of impending contact with other lifeforms for those who have yet to disengage from the current social paradigms that keep us buying things we don't need and coveting that which we can't possess.
This is a sonic culture that is creating itself moment by moment. Beyond the confines of product placement and brand recognition there is entertainment that is suited for the folks who don't see with the same lens as mainstream culture. We eat, we sleep and we love our children, but we go about our living moments in a different way than most.
The current hyper-accelerated culture, from which tonight's musicians hail, propagates music which is both organized and organic. It is BEYOND, and also right here in front of you. It is [in my opinion] music that cannot be appreciated unless one has a firm grasp on the issues surrounding psychedelic states of consciousness [reached by means not limited to psychedelic drugs, but also meditation, trance dancing, fasting, austerities, drumming, chanting, etc], physiological transformation and the subsequent revelations that occur when you are deconditioned enough to question your first premises of reality.
In short, this show should be alot of fun, as long as you don't operate heavy machinery while listening.
-Matt Ahearn [Obvious World]
christopher frank (a.k.a. dj crasta) was among the first djs in philadelphia to play and promote experimental music and idm in clubs, bars and warehouses. as the founder of springlab productions, he hosted events that started off as raves, and quickly evolved into something laid-back and sophisticated. in the late '90s, he hosted philly's longest running trip-hop weekly event (called grass) at silk city. as a dj as well as a live artist (a.k.a. tleilaxu), he's opened for funkstorung, amon tobin, mix master morris, talvin singh, low, high llamas, morcheeba and others. inspired by labels like warp and skam when these labels were fresh and new, he was producing heady, broken beat-ish idm. after releasing compilation tracks on labels like darla, tbtmo and cloudwatch, tleilaxu released his debut album, gene therapy, on sean o'neal's fuzzy box label in 2000. musically, he has been on hiatus for the past several years to focus on opening and running his new café--chapterhouse--located less than one block away from south street in philadelphia. [http://www.unfoundsoundrecords.com/]
Prior to his 2002 move to Detroit, Christian Bloch held rank among the Denmark elite regarding his soulful yet minimalist hard techno. Born and raised in northern Denmark, his DJ skills are legendary in the history of techno parties in the city of Aalborg. Bloch has impacted the world-renowned Tresor club in Berlin and has played the Roskilde Festival alongside talent including Super Collider, Plaid and Slam, in 2001. Bloch's passion infiltrates his widespread talents ranging from Berlin dub, classic Detroit beats, gritty and textured German beats to an unmatched English minimalism.
Bloch has released on Deep Night Essentials, LL Records, and Tresor. Other notable releases include Funque Droppings (Bloch's own label), Canadian Restructured Records and several smaller labels. Producers such as Pacou, Damon Wild and Sean Deason have remixed Bloch's techno and his talent can be heard on Ricardo Villalobos' "Love Family Trax" mix cd.
Following a tour of Canada and the United States in the summer of 2001, Bloch settled in the Cass Corridor of Detroit for one year before heading west to San Francisco. His sounds are heard at various nightlife fixtures throughout San Francisco.
is kate iwanowicz. originally a pittsburgh dj, she held down various residencies in that area. she received a degree in anthropology (and a minor in music) at university of pittsburgh --where she also participated in a gamelan ensemble. her interests in sound began at a young age-first playing violin, then piano, then guitar, now sample-based electronics (often incorporating her own singing voice among other found sounds). her regular bookings playing deep, minimal house and techno encouraged her move to philadelphia in summer 2001. after relocating, she had taken responsibilities as co-organizer of both the pitchspork monthly (hosting names like magda, matthew dear, sammy dee, geoff white, jeff milligan and others) and the foundsound record label. her production debut came in may 2004 with the release of "rip it cookie muenster" (foundsound01). since then, miskate hammered out eps for foundsound, microcosm, alphahouse, roman-photo, karloff, einmaleins and plenty more to come. she continues to tour regularly playing live around the world. [http://www.unfoundsoundrecords.com/]