Hiro Kone, Tom Hall (Record Release), Pod Blotz, DJ Set by DERU

Hiro Kone

Tom Hall (Record Release)

Pod Blotz

DJ Set by DERU

Tue · June 19, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

Hiro Kone
Hiro Kone
Since assuming the recording moniker Hiro Kone in 2011, New York City-based electronic artist Nicky Mao has personalized a space predicated on dark layers interacting with rhythm. With her early EPs on Group Tightener and Bitterroots, leading up to the EP Fallen Angels and the acclaimed debut full length album, Love Is the Capital (both on Geographic North), Mao’s meticulously crafted textures attracted collaborators like Drew McDowall (Coil), Little Annie, and Roxy Farman (Wetware) while driving against the grain of experimental techno. Mao’s explorations often cast themselves against danceable structures, creating a duality of crisis and escapism.

For Pure Expenditure—her debut on DAIS Records—Mao continues to weave a labyrinth of electronic pattern, with an often economical usage of repeating sequences and ethereal stasis to drive the narrative. The title refers to the sovereign release of a surplus energy, divorced from all imperatives of utility, which otherwise threatens to become morbid. Working from this creative theme, Mao uses this theoretical concept to seek out a long form statement without regard for any immediate interpretation or return.

In the context and construct of the album’s format, Pure Expenditurereaches into the psyche of sacrifice and the danger of excess, not in a traditional allegory, but in the actual investigation of where energy is absorbed and how it’s often negatively seeped into moral fiber. While the albums’ seven tracks don’t offer so much as a resolution to these conundrums as they do a case study, Mao’s sound has developed forcibly into the conscientious voice of systematic injustice, albeit often without syntax. Pure Expenditure creates thought through concept and volume through space. Thematically, acclaimed visual artist Tauba Auerbach created the album art, lending a conceptual cohesion through her spectral dissection of structure and ornamental arrangement.

As a journey, Pure Expenditure plunges into meditation and throbs in and out of a lucid consciousness orchestrated by Mao, but never veering into vanity. Pure Expenditure is as much rumination as it is ritual, querying the corners of Capitalism by hypnotically circling its tenets in measured cadence.
Tom Hall (Record Release)
Tom Hall (Record Release)
Tom is an Australian av artist residing in Los Angeles, California. His practice involves exploration into place, space and time. Drawing inspiration from peripheral spaces found in the everyday, he focuses on using multiple approaches to engage and recontextualize them to the public. Using sound and imagery as a means to translate emotion, create hybrid environments and notions of journey.

The outcome of these works are dense textural a/v performances that can be comforting, immersive, and at times challenging. Hall wishes to push the envelope of ‘av performance’ transcending established genres and equipment, aiming to create a unified synesthesia experience.

https://www.elli.media/releases/tom-hall-spectra/
Spectra (Hall's LP on Elli Records) is a journey. As for the previous Fervor EP, Hall delivers an album based on the concept of “surround”. Merging a daily practice of experimentation, research on polyrhythms and syncopation, and the use of mathematical formulas connected with our world, Tom creates vast environmental based music.

A world on its own, Spectra is the metabolization of all these data-like sources, resulting in a warm analog fresco of the complex personality of the composer. Dreamy lines resting on rich textures, echoes of musique concrète, quasi-pop harmonic progressions, hypnotic percussive dark patterns, and again, nervous micro-time structures and a strong sense of construction, with a predilection for circularity; all this makes Spectra pierce the boundaries of music genres, to equally express urge of experimentation and a high degree of accessibility.
Pod Blotz
Pod Blotz
Pod Blotz came from Detroit, Chicago, Oakland and now resides in Los Angeles. Suzy Poling/Pod Blotz is a multi-media artist working with sound, video, film, installation, sculpture, painting, collage and performance art. They research the multi- dimensional interferences between optics, mirrors, sonic resonance, electrical synthesis, video experiments, human/alien identities and photographic studies of geological anomalies. Pod Blotz mixes electronics, modular synth recordings, vox, rhythmic elements, tape manipulation, metals, field recordings and organ swells. The unique blend embodies sound art and industrial music in context, bright in texture inside of multi-dimensional environments.

Pod Blotz has performed at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Colour out of Space Festival, Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, Berkeley Art Museum, Human Resources, The LAB and Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts. Pod Blotz has made releases with Chocolate Monk (UK), Nostilevo (LA), Conjunto Vacio (Spain), Clan Destine Records (UK) and Dungeon Taxis (NZ/NYC).
DJ Set by DERU
Deru is Benjamin Wynn, an Emmy Award winning American composer, sound designer and music producer.
Venue Information:
Zebulon
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
http://zebulon.la/