Glitch DnB & Dub stage at Strawberry Fields proudly presented by: Mixed Messages – with Culture Jam, Broken Beat Assault, Twisted Audio, Rock Like This & All City Bass.
More internationals TBA
A disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor was one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation. His Dub Me Crazy albums helped dub make the transition into the digital age, when electronic productions started to take over mainstream reggae in the ’80s. His space-age tracks not only made use of new digital technology, but often expanded dub’s sonic blueprint, adding more elements and layers of sound than his forebears typically did. In the mid-’90s, he returned to the basics, debuting a more retro-sounding style on the Black Liberation Dub series. As his reputation grew, he became a remixer of choice for adventurous rock and techno acts, most notably revamping Massive Attack’s entire second album under the new title No Protection.
In 1982 he recorded his first album, Dub Me Crazy, Pt. 1, and quickly followed it with a second volume, the successful Beyond the Realms of Dub. 1983 brought two more volumes, The African Connection (often acclaimed as one of his best) and the fairly popular Escape to the Asylum of Dub.
As the ragga sound grew more and more dominant, Mad Professor’s brand of dub got spacier and weirder; while ragga detractors complained that Mad Professor’s work sounded sterile compared to the dub of old, many praised his otherworldly effects and inventive arrangements..
With his high-profile collaborators, Mad Professor started to make a name for himself outside of the reggae community, and soon found himself in demand as a remixer for rock, R&B, and electronica acts. Over the course of the ’90s and into the new millennium, he would remix tracks by Sade, the Orb, the KLF, the Beastie Boys, Jamiroquai, Rancid, Depeche Mode, and Perry Farrell, among others. His best-known project, however — and the one that truly established his credentials — was 1995′s No Protection, a completely reimagined version of trip-hop collective Massive Attack’s second album, Protection.
Mad Professor talks about the roots of Dubstep
A classically trained pianist and master of the art of software production, Bluetech’s love of melody and his exquisite sense of sound design makes him one of the most ingenious producers today.
His sound emerges from his custom-built Reaktor instruments and software based synthesisers as a primordial electro-dub alchemy. While encompassing musical touches from different parts of the globe, he presents a total blend, crossing genres and borders. Ripe with emotive vistas, reflective passages and evocative depth Bluetech’s lush digital sound palate reflects on nature’s expression of being.
Bluetech has created a label called Native State Records to release his own music and music from other artists who cross boundaries between ambient/chill and more idm/experimental sounds.
Bluetech has releases on the internationally acclaimed Aleph Zero Records, as well as releases on Somnia Sound, Waveform Records, Thoughtless Music and his own Native State imprint. Following the release of his legendary 2005 full-length “Sines and Singularities” the New York Times labeled Bluetech “one of the best ambient artists”.
Bluetech @ Pianos in NYC
Bluetech live @ The Gathering, Japan 2006
Bluetech live @ Desiderata Festival 2010
Bluetech promo from Austin, TX
Jamie Watts is the mind behind KiloWatts and his many different projects and styles. His work embraces the bulk of electronic genres, including breaks, IDM, techno, and downtempo. His fluency in piano is evident throughout his work, as is his penchant for jazzy riffs, intelligent structure, wistful melodies, and an often cheeky take on the current state and history of electronic music as a whole. His album “Ground State” is out on Native State Records, home to fellow pioneers Bluetech and Shen. It’s a collection of sweaty psychedelic downtempo grooves, churning molasses-thick basslines, and undulating synthetic sonorous mandalas.
KiloWatts has albums on Artificial Music Machine that are full of visionary dimensions, fusing together a dexterous knowledge of sound synthesis, deep emotional articulation, and solid melodic intuition. Peppered throughout these monumental statements are releases with class labels such as Harmonious Discord, Thoughtless Music, and his own outlet, KiloWatts Music, that celebrate his adept technical expertise, often bringing a whirlwind of mindblowing digital wizardry in the form of glitches and edits.
Invisible Allies is a collaboration between well known West Coast downtempo aficionado Bluetech and Philadelphia electronic mastermind KiloWatts which started in late 2010. Both established with numerous releases and projects spanning various genres, the Invisible Allies collaboration is a meeting between two distinct and imaginative minds, each with acute musical sensibilities and signature aesthetics.
Exploring futuristic spacefunk, textural ambient, odd time signatures, complex harmonic developments, detailed digitalia and a sublime sense of the exotic, the first Invisible Allies EP, “Hyperdimensional Animals,” gives a first look into what promises to be an exciting and evolving conversation between two singular and eccentric producers.
KilloWatts & Bluetech Live @ Cervantes 2011
KilloWatts & Bluetech (Invisible Allies) “Turquoise Rain Chant” [FREE DOWNLOAD]
Sun:Monx is a Melbourne based collaborative project between producers OPIUO and ALBINO. Originally from New Zealand and Mexico respectively. Meeting early 2008, an instant bond to combine their unique ideas, influences and rhythmic vibrations to create live electronica was born.
Both being music lovers, and accomplished producers in their own right. With their more up-tempo creations being played and released throughout many corners of the globe.
Addicted to all shapes and forms of melody, beats, and harmony, together sun:monx take you on a live hybrid exploration into new realms of downbeat, dub, progressive beats, and all things electronica.
In only their first year on the Australasian music scene, sun:monx have been invited to play at many of the major australian outdoor festivals, including rainbow serpent + cairns winter solstice, and are about to embark on a full length studio album…
Keep your ears warm. Rigiti!
FINE CUT BODIES.
Even though the name implies more than one person, behind the FCB letters it’s only one face, Kevin. His musical preferences are really broad: from minimal techno through dance music to experimental, including dub, headz, broken beat, house, techno, electro, breakbeat – you name it. As DJ, Kevin mostly spins midtempo dance music (breakbeat, tribal, proghouse, tech house, broken beat), but this is not a limiting factor when it comes to working in the studio, purchasing “non-party” records or playing a radio set
Kalya Scintilla is Yaegon Lamagier, A benevolent being incarnate from the star system womp. Drawing inspiration from Nature, Love, tribal energy, healing, sacred geometry, and many other of life’s wonders. Yaegon’s music is quite unique in style and is definitely an interesting cross over between Dubstep/ Glitch Hop, the seductive sound of the Middle East and traditional Gypsy. His first EP “InLak…esh” has been given a warm welcome the world over, and sits near the pinnacle of Addictech.com’s 2010 yearly chart.
My name is Bill however, I am currently more well known for writing and performing electronic music under the pseudonym ‘Mr. Bill’.
This project is based around evocation, I like to write music that excites the ear and the brain. This requires me to explore all sorts of strange production methods and musical theories to keep exciting my senses.
I started writing music in 1996. From 1996 to 2004 I explored all sorts of contemporary music, in 2004 I began using Garageband and exploring electronic music. In 2006 I was introduced to Ableton Live by a friend and since then I have spent most of my time learning more about it and refining my craft to the point it is at now.
THE UPBEATS (NZ)
With a decade of experience behind them, The Upbeats have toured the world. Along the way, they’ve released three albums and countless internationally distributed classic singles.
Favouring a digital pub-rock sound in the club and genuine emotion when it comes to home listening, their sound/attitude has seen them work with, or remix for Ed Rush and Optical, Noisia, Gridlock, Hive and many others. And still, for this duo, the best is yet to come.
CIRCUIT BENT (live)
SUN IN AQUARIUS.
SAFIRE (Dispatch Recordings, BBA)
DYSPHEMIC AND MISS ELIZA.
BASS BIN LADEN.
BARON VON ROTTON.
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