Category Archives: Decibel Festival

Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 1 – Kinesthesia

The first of six Optical showcases at this year’s Decibel Festival, Kinesthesia (“awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs”) proved to be an apt title for Wednesday’s event. A musically and visually diverse presentation, the parts of which created something large than the sum ofRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Resident Advisor Showcase, featuring Kaytranada, Lunice, DJAO, and Jusmoni

Well, Day 1 of Decibel Festival was just about spectacular. The festival has never been short on prestige, but this year, festival organizers have really put time and effort into carefully crafting some brilliant programs for each venue each night. Each night, Decibel fest attendees can hit their favorite Seattle haunts – the EMP, Neumos,Read more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Full Line-Up Announced

Earlier today on The Morning Show on KEXP, Decibel Festival founder, president and curator, Sean Horton, shared the final batch of artists playing the 2014 International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media, here in Seattle on September 24-28. We’re thrilled to share the list with you below: SECOND WAVE OF 2014Read more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: First Wave of Artists Announced

Today on the Morning Show with John Richards Decibel Festival founder, president and curator, Sean Horton, has revealed the first wave of artists for the 2014 International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media, taking over Seattle on September 24-28. Always groundbreaking, Decibel Festival features a wide variety of arts programming, includingRead more…

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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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