Author Archives: Katherine Humphreys

Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 4 - Static Memory with WIFE, Alessandro Cortini, and 1979 feat. Deru + Effixx

In the Nordstrom Recital Hall during Decibel Festival‘s Optical 4 showcase, the sound of WIFE was equal parts exciting and heavy - the sound was swelling with an emotional intensity unparalleled, and the room felt thick with listening. Visuals tracked through architectural yet emotive abstractions while the Republic of Ireland played through his surprisingly pop-soundingRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 3 - Playful Dischord with Kangding Ray and Oneohetrix Point Never

During Decibel Festival, Optical 3: Playful Dischord took place at the Sky Church, this time featuring Berlin’s Kangding Ray, Atom™ HD/AV and ending with Oneohetrix Point Never with visual artist Nate Boyce. This stacked line-up explored everything from dance to deep space. Kangding Ray, a former architect and experimenter on label Raster-Noton, brought dance-acceptable but stillRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Modern Love with Demdike Stare, Andy Stott, and Millie + Andrea

As audiences are prone to reflect the shows they are attending, the Decibel Festival crowd at Demdike Stare and Andy Stott was filled with the more experimental seeking fans, those in all black or all white, eyes wide, hair cut expressively in abstract shapes. Demdike Stare, a.k.a. Miles Whittaker, was a satisfying onslaught of noiseRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Opening Gala with Sabota, Natasha Kmeto, and Lusine

2014′s Decibel Festival opening gala focused on bringing three of the PNW’s finest electronic acts to the most central space of this year’s festival, the EMP’s Sky Church. The massive iconic space felt hallowed as excited people filled in. Opening the showcase was Vancouver’s Sabota - with smooth live vocals and multi-layered visuals. Natasha KmetoRead more...

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Monday Music News

James Mercer of The Shins and Danger Mouse are returning as Broken Bells and have released “Holding On For Life” today. The album is appropriately named for the vibes of the song - After The Disco we rest our bones despite not being able to stop hearing those distant dance floor beats in our heads.Read more...

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Monday Music News

One voice that has definitely not been heard in the open letter to Miley Cyrus ballgame is Sufjan Stevens -- but don’t worry, because he has finally voiced an opinion. His main advice: embrace grammar! Finding delicacy and delight in the present perfect continuous tense, Sufjan encourages the musician to continue her “Present. Perfect. Continuous.Read more...

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Monday Music News

The Pixies have a video for “Andro Queen” from their most recent release, EP-1 - although what’s happening in the video is uncertain. Two bands seem to be performing and there is a girl dancing, or just walking, as well as several tiger masks and a tiger lamp. Even if you can’t make heads orRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Optical 2: Erased Tapes @ Nordstrom Recital Hall

Decibel Festival‘s Optical showcases serve to remove the notion that electronic music is simply made for dancing. Instead, they present an array of musicians who specialize in everything from neo-classical to drone to ambient to horror soundtracks. For its 10th anniversary, Decibel brought back beloved German composer Nils Frahm, whose performance last year with CFCFRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Optical 4 @ Triple Door

At last year’s Decibel Festival, as part of the Optical series, there was a live scoring to an incredibly absurdly spliced film from the 70s, unfortunately missing this year. Luckily, Optical 4 made up for it, featuring the doom electro-acoustics of London duo Raime, the terrifying ambient textures from The Sight Below, and, because OrenRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Nicolas Jaar & Friends @ Showbox SoDo

Nicolas Jaar is one of those young musicians who you can already imagine in 10, 15, 20 years as being an staple who is looked up to by musicians who are young when he is older. Not only did his most recent album, Space is Only Noise, reflect a seeping depth of influences, but itRead more...

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