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And now for something completely different: A night of electronica

Tomorrow night, Thursday May 23, we’re hosting a special event of innovative electronica from four different acts. We’d love to see you there, but if you’re not sure what you’re letting yourself in for, here’s a quick rundown of what it’s all about.

Philadelphia Art Alliance: May 23 Experimental Electronica Night

Comoros are duo from Philadelphia known for their drone riffs. Drone music (or dronology) is exactly what it sounds like: Long, slow, sustained notes. Some think of bagpipes when they think of droning music, but more contemporary examples include Velvet Underground, the shoegaze genre, and bands such as Sunn O))) and My Bloody Valentine. Expect loud electric harmonies that linger, and lull you into a false sense of security.

Crank Sturgeon is almost a whole unique genre in of himself. He’s been performing concept sound art since the 90s, and has toured the world with installations and semi-comedic performances.  Crank Sturgeon once said “I love collaboration that derives from a shared sense of playfulness. I’m talking about serious play that channels childish impulses through adult goggles and pairs anarchistic tendencies with formalism or the rules we adopt as artists.” Be prepared for something fun and unusual, with some wild synthesized sounds.

PCRV/Matt Taggart: Influenced by death metal and the Fluxus movement, PCRV has performed across the US using everything from origami to yarn and duct tape to create task based performances and the brutal sounds he’s known for. Fluxus comes from, you guessed it, the word flux, and is a genre that combines different artforms, drawing links between different found objects and themes. The results from PCRV are a fascinating mix of somewhat familiar sounds presented in new and unexpected ways.

And finally, Electricity for Progress will be harnessing the sounds of nature in a truly innovative style: Electronic devices will translate the movements and rhythms of plant life into synthesized sounds. Electricity for Progress conduct all sorts of fun experiments which can be explored on their blog. Last month, a ‘Plant Sonification’ workshop at Philly’s Bartram’s Garden allowed guests to see just how plants’ metabolic processes can be harnessed and turned into digital data, and in turn, into electronic music. The event was even caught by MTV Brazil.

The evening looks shaped up to be a fascinating, noisy, and electronic experience! Be sure to check out more and RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday May 23 from 8pm, General admission $5-10.

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