Category Archives: Decibel Festival

Live Video: Kingdom Crumbs

Drum machines, laptops and keyboards don’t generally lend themselves to physical expression in music. In many cases, the minute adjustments that can change an entire track are invisible to audiences during electronic performances. The Seattle group Kingdom Crumbs, on the other hand, is captivating to watch live. Their visual appeal could be a product of theirRead more...

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Live Video: Shigeto

When asked to describe his music, Zach Saginaw, operating under the pseudonym Shigeto, urges prospective fans to ”have a listen”. Drawing on his jazz background, instrumental hip-hop and years of drumming to create beat-heavy electronic tracks, Shigeto’s music does indeed transcend traditional genres and defies easy classification. You can listen, and watch, for yourself, as this ever-adapting artistRead more...

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Live Video: Mount Kimbie

Known to many as the band who introduced the “post-dubstep” era, Mount Kimbie have always defied expectation. After meeting at college in London and bonding over a shared love of electronic music, the UK duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos explored the spaces around the popular dance music of 2008 to create a uniqueRead more...

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Live Video: Nils Frahm

If composers like Mozart and Tchaikovsky were born today, would we recognize their work? Would they create the same kind of heady and emotive symphonies and concertos as they did in the past? Or would the history of rock and electronica bend them in a new direction? Maybe only time will tell if we’re toRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Timetable Records Showcase @ The Crocodile

For the final night of Decibel Festival 2013, Sunday September 29, I headed to the Crocodile for the Timetable Records showcase, featuring Nosaj Thing, with Lorn, Teebs, and D Tiberio. Aside from Nosaj Thing—a veteran of Decibel Festival I’d seen before — I was unfamiliar with the lineup and unsure what to expect. After theRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Cosmic Adventures Showcase @ Showbox at the Market

Saturday, September 28—day four of Decibel Festival 2013—found me headed back to the Showbox at the Market, this time for the Cosmic Adventures showcase, featuring The Orb with the godfather of techno Juan Atkins and newcomer Nick Monaco. The Orb was perhaps the act I was most excited to see at this year’s Decibel Festival.Read 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: Moby & Friends @ Showbox SoDo

For the second night of Decibel Festival 2013, I headed down to the Showbox SoDo for the Moby & Friends showcase, featuring of course Moby doing a DJ set, along with Blondes and the Loops of Fury. And Decibel Festival’s own Assistant Visual Director, Zach Walker, provided the very cool video projections to make thisRead 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: Abstract Earth Project Showcase @ Showbox at the Market

On Wednesday, I was excited to begin my fifth time attending Decibel Festival with the Abstract Earth Project showcase at the Showbox at the Market. This showcase featured Wax Tailor, an artist whose work I’d never yet picked up, but hearing some of it recently on KEXP had me saying “oh yeah, this is great,Read more...

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