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01/30/2003 My Fifteen Minutes: Press!

Turns out that I've been interviewed again by the City Paper, this time in relation to the PULSE performance series I'm involved in. While he does get wrong one detail about my performances, it's still a complimentary article, which is indeed nice.

Pulse at Kiva Han / Throb at Rex Theater
Turning the Tables

writer: RYAN WALSH

The freshly painted walls of Kiva Han coffeehouse's South Craig Street location are a bold lime green and vibrant, almost metallic blue. These colors surge throughout the shop, giving a sense of revitalization that matches the new ownership, food menu and event schedule. Beginning in October with a week-long Halloween series, Kiva Han has been hosting some interesting nights of music and gaming, and on Feb. 1, they -- led by a group of promoters, producers and deejays -- will embark on a biweekly series, Pulse, highlighting local electronic music producers.

"There are a million places just doing art -- I don't want that," explains co-owner John Mutchka. "I want to provide an open-mike forum for political discussion and activism." Given that one of the acts performing at the opening event, Stoic Sex Pro, is known for a piece that uses only samples of George W. Bush, [Ryan's misunderstood me slightly--Bush is a significant sample source for many pieces, but so far there aren't any pieces that use him as the only source of samples. Even so, I may whip one up for this show.--ed.] Mutchka's notions of content are surely part of what will be represented.

This is not the standard plug-a-deejay-in-a-random-venue event that has been seen lately, as the focus will be on a group of local producers that do not follow the traditional vein of electronic dance music. The music could generally be described as computer music, but within that you will find everything from dark ambient soundscapes to driving experimental hardcore. It is the fringe of electronic music, produced by a small but ever-growing group of individuals pushing the bleeding edge with their laptops, effects pedals and, in the case of local musician 8cylinder, Game Boys.

"Every innovation allows itself to be perverted," explains Maurice Rickard (a.k.a. Stoic Sex Pro) of the advent of the laptop as central to a genre of music. "[Computer music] is an invisible revolution. I compare the producers to the thousands of garage bands in the '60s." Rickard prides himself on the originality of his performances and brings a strong improvisational element with his performances utilizing laptop, guitar and effects.

To support the multitude of producers working in Pittsburgh, the production team behind Pulse (led by local event promoter, and CP contributor, Manny Theiner) are also looking to a larger scale event, Throb, on Wednesday nights at the Rex Theater with the more accessible lineups. That event, which debuts Feb. 5, features slightly more traditional electronic dance music in a much larger venue. Keeping with the Pulse aesthetic of highlighting live music, Throb's lineup boasts many recognized Pittsburgh producers and groups.

Geoff Maddock, a deejay (DJ Cutups) and head of local experimental distribution company Wrecked, has a vision for these events. "What ideally would come from the events is bringing more producers and fans out of the woodwork, and also creating something of a sustainable scene for new and different electronics in Pittsburgh," says Maddock.

The faster end of the new electronics spectrum will be well represented by breakcore producer Xanopticon, a.k.a. Ryan Friedrich. Friedrich has gained recognition lately with his recent releases including a 7-inch on Mirex , two releases on tigerbeat6 and a 12-inch on Peace Off. Other highlights include the noise stylings of Manherringbone, the dark ambient sounds of Requiem, electro provided by the deejay duo of Jwan and Ikari Bakudan, and a musical performance from noted local sound artist Jeremy Boyle. Throughout both events, expect a taste of the most progressive trends that have not exploded in Pittsburgh -- at least not as of yet.

Pulse, featuring DJ Cutups, Stoic Sex Pro, Impercept and Xanopticon, takes place at 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1 at Kiva Han, Oakland. 412-687-6355. Continues bi-weekly.

Throb, featuring DJ Futurism, DJ Infamous and Automatic Matt, takes place at 9 p.m. Wed., Feb. 5 at the Rex Theater, South Side. 412-381-6811. Continues weekly.

So don't show up expecting an all-Bush evening, and you'll be quite happy.

01/30/2003 My Fifteen Minutes: Press!

Turns out that I've been interviewed again by the City Paper, this time in relation to the PULSE performance series I'm involved in. While he does get wrong one detail about my performances, it's still a complimentary article, which is indeed nice.

Pulse at Kiva Han / Throb at Rex Theater
Turning the Tables

writer: RYAN WALSH

The freshly painted walls of Kiva Han coffeehouse's South Craig Street location are a bold lime green and vibrant, almost metallic blue. These colors surge throughout the shop, giving a sense of revitalization that matches the new ownership, food menu and event schedule. Beginning in October with a week-long Halloween series, Kiva Han has been hosting some interesting nights of music and gaming, and on Feb. 1, they -- led by a group of promoters, producers and deejays -- will embark on a biweekly series, Pulse, highlighting local electronic music producers.

"There are a million places just doing art -- I don't want that," explains co-owner John Mutchka. "I want to provide an open-mike forum for political discussion and activism." Given that one of the acts performing at the opening event, Stoic Sex Pro, is known for a piece that uses only samples of George W. Bush, [Ryan's misunderstood me slightly--Bush is a significant sample source for many pieces, but so far there aren't any pieces that use him as the only source of samples. Even so, I may whip one up for this show.--ed.] Mutchka's notions of content are surely part of what will be represented.

This is not the standard plug-a-deejay-in-a-random-venue event that has been seen lately, as the focus will be on a group of local producers that do not follow the traditional vein of electronic dance music. The music could generally be described as computer music, but within that you will find everything from dark ambient soundscapes to driving experimental hardcore. It is the fringe of electronic music, produced by a small but ever-growing group of individuals pushing the bleeding edge with their laptops, effects pedals and, in the case of local musician 8cylinder, Game Boys.

"Every innovation allows itself to be perverted," explains Maurice Rickard (a.k.a. Stoic Sex Pro) of the advent of the laptop as central to a genre of music. "[Computer music] is an invisible revolution. I compare the producers to the thousands of garage bands in the '60s." Rickard prides himself on the originality of his performances and brings a strong improvisational element with his performances utilizing laptop, guitar and effects.

To support the multitude of producers working in Pittsburgh, the production team behind Pulse (led by local event promoter, and CP contributor, Manny Theiner) are also looking to a larger scale event, Throb, on Wednesday nights at the Rex Theater with the more accessible lineups. That event, which debuts Feb. 5, features slightly more traditional electronic dance music in a much larger venue. Keeping with the Pulse aesthetic of highlighting live music, Throb's lineup boasts many recognized Pittsburgh producers and groups.

Geoff Maddock, a deejay (DJ Cutups) and head of local experimental distribution company Wrecked, has a vision for these events. "What ideally would come from the events is bringing more producers and fans out of the woodwork, and also creating something of a sustainable scene for new and different electronics in Pittsburgh," says Maddock.

The faster end of the new electronics spectrum will be well represented by breakcore producer Xanopticon, a.k.a. Ryan Friedrich. Friedrich has gained recognition lately with his recent releases including a 7-inch on Mirex , two releases on tigerbeat6 and a 12-inch on Peace Off. Other highlights include the noise stylings of Manherringbone, the dark ambient sounds of Requiem, electro provided by the deejay duo of Jwan and Ikari Bakudan, and a musical performance from noted local sound artist Jeremy Boyle. Throughout both events, expect a taste of the most progressive trends that have not exploded in Pittsburgh -- at least not as of yet.

Pulse, featuring DJ Cutups, Stoic Sex Pro, Impercept and Xanopticon, takes place at 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1 at Kiva Han, Oakland. 412-687-6355. Continues bi-weekly.

Throb, featuring DJ Futurism, DJ Infamous and Automatic Matt, takes place at 9 p.m. Wed., Feb. 5 at the Rex Theater, South Side. 412-381-6811. Continues weekly.

So don't show up expecting an all-Bush evening, and you'll be quite happy.

01/30/2003 My Fifteen Minutes: Press!

Turns out that I've been interviewed again by the City Paper, this time in relation to the PULSE performance series I'm involved in. While he does get wrong one detail about my performances, it's still a complimentary article, which is indeed nice.

Pulse at Kiva Han / Throb at Rex Theater
Turning the Tables

writer: RYAN WALSH

The freshly painted walls of Kiva Han coffeehouse's South Craig Street location are a bold lime green and vibrant, almost metallic blue. These colors surge throughout the shop, giving a sense of revitalization that matches the new ownership, food menu and event schedule. Beginning in October with a week-long Halloween series, Kiva Han has been hosting some interesting nights of music and gaming, and on Feb. 1, they -- led by a group of promoters, producers and deejays -- will embark on a biweekly series, Pulse, highlighting local electronic music producers.

"There are a million places just doing art -- I don't want that," explains co-owner John Mutchka. "I want to provide an open-mike forum for political discussion and activism." Given that one of the acts performing at the opening event, Stoic Sex Pro, is known for a piece that uses only samples of George W. Bush, [Ryan's misunderstood me slightly--Bush is a significant sample source for many pieces, but so far there aren't any pieces that use him as the only source of samples. Even so, I may whip one up for this show.--ed.] Mutchka's notions of content are surely part of what will be represented.

This is not the standard plug-a-deejay-in-a-random-venue event that has been seen lately, as the focus will be on a group of local producers that do not follow the traditional vein of electronic dance music. The music could generally be described as computer music, but within that you will find everything from dark ambient soundscapes to driving experimental hardcore. It is the fringe of electronic music, produced by a small but ever-growing group of individuals pushing the bleeding edge with their laptops, effects pedals and, in the case of local musician 8cylinder, Game Boys.

"Every innovation allows itself to be perverted," explains Maurice Rickard (a.k.a. Stoic Sex Pro) of the advent of the laptop as central to a genre of music. "[Computer music] is an invisible revolution. I compare the producers to the thousands of garage bands in the '60s." Rickard prides himself on the originality of his performances and brings a strong improvisational element with his performances utilizing laptop, guitar and effects.

To support the multitude of producers working in Pittsburgh, the production team behind Pulse (led by local event promoter, and CP contributor, Manny Theiner) are also looking to a larger scale event, Throb, on Wednesday nights at the Rex Theater with the more accessible lineups. That event, which debuts Feb. 5, features slightly more traditional electronic dance music in a much larger venue. Keeping with the Pulse aesthetic of highlighting live music, Throb's lineup boasts many recognized Pittsburgh producers and groups.

Geoff Maddock, a deejay (DJ Cutups) and head of local experimental distribution company Wrecked, has a vision for these events. "What ideally would come from the events is bringing more producers and fans out of the woodwork, and also creating something of a sustainable scene for new and different electronics in Pittsburgh," says Maddock.

The faster end of the new electronics spectrum will be well represented by breakcore producer Xanopticon, a.k.a. Ryan Friedrich. Friedrich has gained recognition lately with his recent releases including a 7-inch on Mirex , two releases on tigerbeat6 and a 12-inch on Peace Off. Other highlights include the noise stylings of Manherringbone, the dark ambient sounds of Requiem, electro provided by the deejay duo of Jwan and Ikari Bakudan, and a musical performance from noted local sound artist Jeremy Boyle. Throughout both events, expect a taste of the most progressive trends that have not exploded in Pittsburgh -- at least not as of yet.

Pulse, featuring DJ Cutups, Stoic Sex Pro, Impercept and Xanopticon, takes place at 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1 at Kiva Han, Oakland. 412-687-6355. Continues bi-weekly.

Throb, featuring DJ Futurism, DJ Infamous and Automatic Matt, takes place at 9 p.m. Wed., Feb. 5 at the Rex Theater, South Side. 412-381-6811. Continues weekly.

So don't show up expecting an all-Bush evening, and you'll be quite happy.

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