Pan Ambient Cascadia
September 26, 2009 @ Sole Repair, Seattle
Show @ 12noon – 6pm / 21 +
$15 presale / $20 day of
The Pan Ambient Series celebrates five years of collaboration in music, food and art by joining forces with Seattle’s Decibel Festival and returning to our Cascadian roots. After bringing together the finest artists that Tokyo, San Francisco, Atlanta and Vancouver have to offer in the downbeat dept, the bass scientists at Vancouver’s Konspiracy Group have seen to put one fist in the air for the Cascadian revolution. Celebrate five years of change from the horizontal position with an afternoon of some of the Northwest’s finest producers. Ambient’s not dead, it’s just chilling out and some of the worlds best is on your door step.
Spacetime Continuum (Reflective Records, SF)
Jonah Sharp aka Spacetime Continuum played an important role during the 90’s in consolidating the global experimental ambient and techno scene through his Reflective Records imprint as well as releasing a string of solo studio albums on Astralwerks and Virgin Records . He has worked with many artists including a live album with writer and philosopher Terence McKennna, and collaborations with Mixmaster Morris, Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra, Pete Namlook, Ursula Rucker, Move D, Tetsu Inoue and Bill Laswell to name but a few. He has performed live electronic music and Dj’d all over the world including a slot at the very first Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 curated by Carl Craig and on Mount Fuji in 1999 in front of 18,000 people during an insane torrential rain storm. He has remixed the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Meat Beat Manifesto and Matt Herbert and had his music in numerous movies including Darren Aronofsky’s 1998 movie” ? ” . More recently he has completed the soundtrack for the documentary “Consume This Movie !” and has spent time co-writing, co-producing and touring with The Global Drum Project, who include tabla player Zakir Hussein and Ex Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. The album, “Global Drum Project” released in Oct 2007, has been nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award.
August 2008 saw him perform with Mixmaster Morris live on the main stage at The Big Chill in the UK playing songs from their upcoming collaborative project. Currently he is in a studio in San Francisco writing new solo Spacetime material, finishing work with Move D on the new REAGENZ album and gigging and writing material with Nigerian talking drum maestro Sikiru Adepoju.
Gunshae (The Konspiracy Group/TKG Music, Vancouver)
“When people jump through time, they give themselves up to the rhyme and reason of the heavens.”
– Julian Cope
Gunshae is the Panambient project of Canadian dubstep pioneer, Kuma and renowned Oboist and DJ, Lady Eve. Live ambience at its most beguiling, Gunshae is improvised laptop and live instrumentation; what happens when a classically trained musician and a notorious DJ/producer with a pentiant for improvising, jam on the sound of stuff and things. It’s molten woodwinds and Satie references. It’s heavy drones and show tunes played by a band sitting on a veranda after too many mint juleps. It’s discrete music for the wifi generation. Every live performance is different, fully improvised to the utmost extent.
Fresh off the release of their 2008 album “Traveling Without Memory,” the Konspiracy Group’s flagship live act and resident cosmic orchestra return with Seattle harpist Vanessa Stovall for an excursion into orchestral drone.
Gel-Sol (Upstairs Recordings, Seattle)
Seattle’s Gel-Sol is producer/musician Andrew Reichel, whose dichotomous sound spans from ambient soundscapes to complex, rhythmic electronica, creating a dynamic psychedelic universe with heavy emphasis on improvisation. In 2004, Gel-Sol released the critically-acclaimed Gel-Sol 1104 (aka Music Made For You…And By You, I Mean Me.) on the UK’s cult ambient label Em:t Records. Gel-Sol’s follow-up album Unifactor continues the tradition of his unique, amorphous sound collages, and was released on Upstairs Recordings (Vancouver) in April 2007. Gel-Sol’s third album IZ, released by Upstairs/Psychonavigation in 2008, is an all-ambient excursion written for his niece, and is a bit of a departure from his previous two efforts. Andrew is also a member of the electronic group KIDS FOR TOMORROW, an improvisational trio focused on experimental ambient music.
Connect_icut (CSAF, Vancouver)
connect_icut is the recording alias of an English abstract electronica artist living in Vancouver Canada that is neither Richard D. James or one of the Boards of Canada. connect_icut has released one CD (Moss, Dehausset, January 2005) and two vinyl LPs (LA – An Apology, CSAF, March 2007 and They Showed Me the Secret Beaches, CSAF, July 2008).
Seiche (Memex Recs, Seattle)
A seiche (pronounced /se??/, or approximately saysh) is a standing wave in an enclosed or partially enclosed body of water. Seiches and seiche-related phenomena have been observed on lakes, reservoirs, bays and seas. The key requirement for formation of a seiche is that the body of water be at least partially bounded, allowing natural phenomena to form a standing wave.
X-41 is the non-linear ambient side project of Vancouver’s Square Root Of Evil, spawned in conjunction with the notorious PixelWrangler. Smoothing out the splattered 8-bit riddims of SROE, X-41 invokes a natural drift across a modern landscape of analogue dreams. If the glacial pace of the milky way could sing, it’d sound the tones of X-41.