|7th September 2004||#1|
Everybody knows your name
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Decibel Festival (DJ Minx, Jeff Samuel, Tejada, Ghostly Records, Richard Devine, etc)
Party mr. Sean Horton and others are arranging in Seattle, WA
DB FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE 9-1-04
Decibel Festival is a four-day, multiple venue community arts and music festival exposing the Northwest to the international, national and regional electronic music scene. It is our goal to educate as well as entertain through workshops, seminars, open discussion, comfortable venues, excellent sound, exciting performances, interesting visuals and a diverse cross-section of quality electronic music.
The festival will focus on no predominant electronic music genre, but instead focus on the similarities that unite all electronic music (synthesis, technology, dance, urban post-industrial culture, digital art).
Considering the increasing number of talented producers, label owners, DJs and performers gaining popularity through out the Northwest, Decibel would like to give these NW artists the opportunity to perform along side national and international electronic music talent.
Through seminars, clinics, panel discussions and the 1st Annual Electronic Music Film Festival Decibel hopes to educate and build awareness in regards to electronic music’s history, diversity, longevity and sophistication (see FILM FESTIVAL and CLINIC information below).
Decibel evening performances will be spread across 5 different venues (see VENUE info below) over the 4-day span of the festival (13 live showcases and the Barca DJ lounge). Performances will range from laptop performance/competition, to live/electronic hybrid bands, to internationally renowned DJs, to electro acoustic composition. Each night and each venue will have a pronounced theme, giving each showcase a unique appeal. Considering all of these venues are within 4-block radius, we encourage attendants to wander between venues and embrace the festival as a collective experience. Considering the amount of talent and musical diversity participating at the Decibel Festival it would be a shame not to (see line up below). With the purchase of a Decibel Pass you gain complete access to all of these events, including the clinics, panels and daytime performances (13 live showcases, 9 clinics, DJ lounge, 2 panel discussions). In addition individual tickets can be purchase the day of the show at the venue on a first come first serve basis (see TICKET info below on pricing). Check the www.dbfestival.com site for complete schedule and showcase information (coming soon).
TICKETS ($50 Db pass pricing has been extended to Sept 15th):
Db passes are on sale now (www.dbfestival.com). Passes will guarantee you admission to all Decibel Shows and related activities (day and evening performances, National Laptop Championship, clinics, panel discussions). The last of the discounted pass will be available through Sept 1st.
Db Pass pricing is as follows:
August 15th - Sept 15th = $50
Sept 16th - Sept 23rd = $65
*Individual tickets per show will be available at the door. Please keep in mind pass holders have priority and you will not be guaranteed admittance without a pass. Tickets will range from $10 - $20 per show and $5 per clinics/panel discussions (12 + shows and 3 clinics). Individual ticket price info will be made available on the Db website and in the Db booklet in the near future. Check the website periodically for more info.
UPDATE DECIBEL LINE UP
in alphabetical order
Absolute Madman (Seattle - Fourthcity)
(A) ppendix Shuffle a.k.a. 8 Frozen Modules (L.A. - Orac, Proptronix Records)
Brandy Westmore (Seattle)
Brian Lyons (Seattle - Flammable, Superfluid)
Bruno Pronsato (Seattle - Orac Records)
Caro (Seattle - Orac Records)
Circle Square (Vancouver, B.C. - Output Records)
Clever (Offshore, Breakbeat Science)
CNS Engineering (Portland - Bella, Classic Records UK)
Codebase (Seattle - Force Inc Records)
Deceptikon (Portland - Merck Records)
Derek Fisher (Portland - Shameless)
DJ Clandestine (Detroit - Underground Resistance)
DJ Eddie (Seattle - Decibel)
DJ Minx (Detroit - Girl Fun (k), M-nus Records)
DJN (Seattle - Fourthcity)
DJ Recess (Seattle - Shameless)
DJ Slip (Portland - Kanzleramt, Missle, Music Man Records)
Dub Exorcist (Portland)
Edit (L.A. - Planet Mu Records)
Electrofunk feat. Mr. De’ (Detroit - Electrofunk Records)
Foscil a.k.a. Scape (Seattle - Fourthcity)
Fourthcity Laptop Battle Championship (featuring Laptop battle finalists)
Jeff Samuel (Seattle - Trapez, Ghostly/Spectral, Pokerflat Records)
Jerry Abstract (Seattle - Decibel, Fixelplix, Shitkatapult Records)
Jeromy Nail (Seattle - Uniting Souls)
John Tejada (L.A. - Plug Research, Playhouse, Palette Records)
Johnny Fever (Vancouver, B.C. - Volume)
Kill Memory Crash (Chicago - Ghostly International)
KJ Sawka (live drum and bass band - Seattle)
Kris Moon (Seattle - Decibel, Fourthcity)
Kristina Childs (Seattle - Plasmodium Radio)
La Kendal (Seattle - Girl Fun (k))
Loscil (Vancouver, B.C. - Kranky Records)
Lusine (Seattle - Hymen, Ghostly International)
Marcus Nikolai (Frankfurt, Germany - Perlon, Classic Records)
Mech Warrior (Vancouver, B.C. - Barcode)
Michael Lakeman (Seattle - Decibel Radio)
Mike Huckaby (Detroit - Deep Transportation, Harmonie Park)
Mr. Projectile (Santa Cruz - Toytronic, Merck Records)
ndCv (Seattle - Bass Kamp)
Nora Posch (Seattle - Dance Ritual)
Nordic Soul (Seattle - Decibel, Dreaming in Stereo)
Obelus (Seattle - Bass Kamp)
Paul Edwards (Seattle - Decibel, PG Series)
Plan B (Seattle - Luckyhorse Industries)
Plastiq Phantom (Seattle - Sweet Mother, Imputor?)
PJ Pooterhoots (Detroit - Definitive, Proptronix Records)
Primal (Portland - Mafia Records)
Psidream (Vancouver, B.C. - Barcode, Breakbeat Science)
Portable (South Africa - Sud, Background Records)
P.S. I Love You (Olympia)
Primal (Portland - Mafia Records)
Richard Chartier (Washington, D.C. - 12k/LINE Records)
Richard Devine (Florida - Schematic, Warp Records)
Robin Judge (Vancouver, B.C. - Onitor, Mille Plateaux Records)
Saba (Seattle - Blatant Records)
Safety Scissors (S.F. - Force Inc, Proptronix Records)
SCAN 7 (Detroit - UR, Tresor, Cratesaver, Elypsia Records)
Scientific American (Seattle - Massmvmnt Records)
Skiks (Bellingham, WA - WWU)
S.O.G. (Portland - Renegade Rhythms, obS/EAR)
Solenoid (Portland - OMCO, Orac Records)
Solvent (Toronto - Morr Music, Ghostly International)
Strategy (Portland - Kranky, Orac Records)
Sutekh (S.F. - Force Inc, Context Records)
Synth Club (Seattle - Reggie Watts, Nordic Soul, Daniel Spils, Steve Scalfati)
Tek Brothers (Detroit - Tunnel 7, Local 3000)
The Perfect Cyn (Portland - Shameless)
Tipper - DOWNTEMPO SET IN 5.1 (U.K. - Fuel, Mutopia Records)
Tomas Jirku (Vancouver, B.C. - Force Inc Records)
Twonz (Detroit - obS/EAR, Hi Jacked Records)
Zapan (Seattle - Fourthcity)
Zion 12 (Zion’s Gate, Uniting Souls)
The Capital Hill Arts Center (CHAC) 1621 12th Ave, Capitol Hill
CHAC (upstairs) All ages dance venue (night). Clinics and panel discussion (day)
CHAC Lower Level (downstairs) – 21+ Bar and experimental venue
Chop Suey 1325 E. Madison St., Capitol Hill
Live Electronic venue featuring electronic bands and laptop artist from around the globe. Thursday through Sunday night (early show Sunday 4 – 9pm)
Barca 1510 11th Ave, Capitol Hill
Barca will be the official Db Lounge featuring a broad selection of DJs spinning everything from downtempo to drum and bass. Barca will be a mingling ground for producers and Decibel attendees featuring wireless internet and informational booths. 21+, FREE.
Oseao 1402 E. Pike Street, Capitol Hill
All ages after hours venue brought to you by Decibel and the “Shameless” crew. Acts TBA.
North West Film Forum 1515 12th Ave, Capitol Hill
The NWFF will be hosting the 1st Annual Electronic Music Film Festival entitled, “Early Circuits: Pioneers of Electronic Music”. See Film Festival info on this site for more details.
Northwest Film Forum and Decibel Northwest Electronic Music Festival present
EARLY CIRCUITS: PIONEERS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Sponsored by Easy Street Records and KEXP
Decibel and the Northwest Film Forum present this special film series celebrating pioneering inventors and artists who have shaped the world of electronic music.
Fri-Sun at 6, 7:45, 9:30pm, Tues-Thurs at 7:45, 9:30pm
Plastiq Phantom performs on Moog instruments before the Friday 7:45 screening!
Bob Moog has been inventing electronic musical instruments for nearly half a century. His early synthesizers opened up vast possibilities for artists, and his contributions have greatly influenced the direction of music culture. This new documentary explores Moog's instruments and collaborations over the years, as well as his opinions on creativity, design, interactivity, and the spiritual world.
Fri-Sun at 8:30pm, Tues-Thurs at 6pm
HAACK: THE KING OF TECHNO
Electronic pioneer, Bruce Haack, continually expanded music through his children’s records in the 60s ('Dance, Sing & Listen'), his darker and farther out 70s recordings ('The Electric Lucifer'), and his early-80s contribution to hip-hop ('Party Machine'). This documentary illuminates his musical career with interviews and rarely seen performance footage—–including an early 60s visit to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood!
Fri-Sun at 5, 6:45pm
Using interviews, performances, and archival footage, SONIC ACTS traces the development of electronic music and explores connections and conflicts between the music of early electronic pioneers and the dance music of new generation artists. The film features Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Henry, John Cage and other pioneers, as well as contemporary artists including Squarepusher and DJ Spooky.
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue (between Pike & Pine)
Tickets: $7.50 (Db pass will NOT get you into the film festival)
FOURTHCITY LAPTOP BATTLE CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday Sept 24th @ Chop Suey as part of the 1st Annual Decibel Festival
Fourthcity stumbled upon the idea of the laptop battle at its modest weekly event at Seattle's Deep Down Lounge. Immediately realizing its potential, a more detailed & better planned battle was scheduled for Chop Suey in September 2003. Soon after, Fourthcity created laptopbattle.org and along with contributing sponsors Ableton, Native Instruments, the Stranger and em411.com, organized battles in Portland, Vancouver B.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles, and co-sponsored battles in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. For the Laptop Battle Championship at the Decibel Festival, Fourthcity will import the best laptop battlers on the west-coast (Dream Electric from Los Angeles, Twittering Machine from San Francisco, Deceptikon from Portland, Spark from Vancouver, & Tom Chi from Seattle) & stage a battle like no other before. The Laptop Battle is a phenomenon that is helping laptop musicians develop new styles of performance and therefore helping to increase the overall acceptance of laptops onstage at concerts.
The laptop battle is a competitive event for laptop musicians to match their skills against one another. A panel of judges decides which contestant advances to the next round, single elimination style. It's a fusion of sound design, composition and stage performance, and a chance for laptop musicians to prove their skills in battle and develop techniques and strategies.
Dream Electric (la)
Twittering Machine (sf)
Tom Chi (sea)
Opening performances by:
the Fourthcity DJs
DECIBEL CLINICS (sponsored by Native Instruments - schedules to come)
Decibel is proud to present electronic music educational clinics Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th from 2-6pm at the CHAC. Don't miss this opportunity to see local and international producers share tips and tricks on their favorite software. Richard Devine and Mike Huckaby are joining us to talk about all things Native Instruments, with special attention to Reaktor, the stand-alone modular synth monster program. Randy Jones, the author of Jitter's 3D graphics framework, will be giving an introduction to Jitter, focusing on various ways of turning sound into images and vice versa. Kris Moon will be sharing some of the tips and tricks that he used to win 2 laptop battles using Ableton’s revolutionary new performance software, Live 4.
The discussions won't be limited to software only though! Portland artist Solenoid is going to fill us in on unique rhythm structures, Rane will be showing off the new Serato Scratch Live, and we'll also have entry level dj and production techniques discussions courtesy of Dj Girls. Clinics are all ages with a $5 admission fee per day (free entry for Db pass holders) and will start on the hour, every hour from 2-6pm Saturday and Sunday at the CHAC (1621 12th Ave, Capitol Hill - Seattle).
ACCOMIDATIONS (discounted group rate of 40% off normal room cost)
Close proximity to Festival (5-8 blocks from Decibel venues)
Silver Cloud Hotel
Seattle, WA 98122
Ph# 206 325-1400
Sliver Cloud offers:
-Group rate for all Decibel pass holders (40% off regular rate if you mention you’re with the Decibel Festival).
-In-Room Microwave, Refrigerators, Hairdryer, Coffee Maker, Voice Mail, Data Port Phones, High peed Internet Access, Iron with Ironing Board, Pay Movies & Nintendo
-Complimentary Guest Laundry Facilities & Free Local Calls
-Fitness Center, Indoor Swimming Pool & Indoor Jacuzzi
-Conference Rooms, Board Room, Gift Shop & Restaurant on site parking
-Native Instruments (Clinics/supporting artists)
-EZ Street Records (a discount will be available to Db pass holders. More info to come)
-Rane (Clinic support)
-The Stranger (Media sponsor)
-North West Film Forum (hosting the Film Festival)
-Tablet (Media Sponsor)
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