Since boyhood, I’ve had a fascination with music and electronics. Unsurprisingly then, I’m also fascinated by electronic music and can remember waiting for nearly a day for ReBirth, a Roland 808 emulator, to download over a 28.8k modem. We all wanted to make classic rap beats at age 14, right?
Since then, I’ve ditched the dial-up modem for broadband and ReBirth for a full blown electronic music production suite called Reason. Needless to say, I’m still fascinated by electronic music. However, what is more fascinating to me is that electronic music production has gotten to the point where musicians can now be recognized for being able to play a laptop just as well as someone who can play a piano. Here’s a neat fact, an electronic instrument called a “Drumitar” has been used to win five Grammy Awards. Check out a video of it being played here.
Given my fascination with electronic music, I’ll definitely be in The Toby this Thursday, April 16, to see Beatrix*JAR. The JAR is a one-of-a-kind electronic sound art duo that messes with the circuits of electronic toys to make super entertaining glitch tunes. Basically, Speak and Spell bends to their musical wishes and becomes their instrument.
I’m super excited about the show and encourage anyone who is even slightly interested in music to attend. If you’re unsure about what kind of fuzzy sonic bliss you’re getting into, Beatrix has a MySpace page with some great tracks in their player.
And, because I’m really trying get the “electronic music rules” word out, the first two people (non IMA employees) who leave a comment will get a free ticket to see Beatrix*JAR.
In order to get a ticket, the comment must read, “Phil, I want to see Beatrix*JAR and will pick up the ticket at the IMA front desk at 7:00 pm on Thursday.”
Hope to see you there!