Waveforms 2.0: The Lineup
For IDM group Aligning Minds, music has always been about collaborative creativity. This is one reason they have elected to base themselves in Asheville, NC, the headquarters of Moogfest and a mystical center for artists, musicians, consciousness-expanders, and any number of other assorted modern-day gypsy adventurers. Their upcoming residency at the Asheville Music Hall, Waveforms 2.0, is another in a series of collaborative projects (the first Waveforms happened this past Spring). It’s one more step towards the realization of their vision to make Asheville a truly unstoppable force in the country’s electronic music scene.
Waveforms begins this Saturday, October 4th, and will happen weekly through October, with additional dates announced in November. The events, all of which will take place at the Asheville Music Hall, were designed and organized by group members Mike Folk, Daniel Merrill, and Matthias Sayour. Aligning Minds is no stranger to executing big ideas: July’s Visionarium, a month-long event series also held at the Asheville Music Hall, brought together some of the best regional and national talent in electronic music to the venue. Waveforms promises to bring even more energy to the area, joining world-renowned artists like Machinedrum, Prefuse 73, and Blue Sky Black Death with rising stars like RBTS WIN and Panther God. The incredible lineup will feature between three and five artists a night. Aligning Minds are slated to perform throughout the residency. The artists will also be joined by belly dancer Kristi Wrolstad, who has been performing with Aligning Minds regularly. Other events, like Moog Factory workshops with artists, are planned throughout the series.
This Saturday’s lineup is a taste of things to come. Headliner Machinedrum is renowned for his psychedelic experimental sets and his collaborations with other musicians (he is one half of Sepulcare with Praveen Sharma, Jets with Jimmy Edgar, and Dream Continuum with Om Unit). His dreamy songs, like “Only 1 Way 2 Know,” are pieces that invite you to meld with the music. But they also have dark edges amplified by layers of chords that move from harmony to dissonance, giving the music a complexity that is missing from much of contemporary EDM.
Aligning Minds is, of course, also on the evening’s schedule. Always hard to pin down, their music moves effortlessly between styles and moods that include breakbeat, dubstep, glitch, and downtempo. An Aligning Minds show has the ability to fully envelop you in a tidal wave of sounds, colors, and emotional states. The group has been on tour for much of the summer, and this event will allow them to land back in Asheville, giving their unique sound to their admirers at home.
Also performing is Miami-based producer and artist Panther God, whose most recent LP, Golden Changes (2014, Outside Recordings), joins the influences of jazz and hip hop to the blippy nostalgia of the arcade. Songs move from minimalist to dark and heavy in an instant, catching you off-guard and surprising you with Panther God’s innovation and talent.
Robert Manos, an NYC-based artist known for his smooth, melodic beats that feature his mellow, seductive vocals, follows Panther God. While the other artists in the lineup explore disintegration, Manos keeps the ride smooth and the beat entrenched. His set will be a welcome addition, allowing you to chill out and ride the wave to the end of the night.
The full lineup for Waveforms 2.0 is below for your perusing pleasure. Links are included to the Facebook page of each event, with directions on purchasing tickets (through Brown Paper Tickets). Tickets are available to individual shows ($20 presale, $25 at the door), or you can purchase a pass to ensure that you get in on all of the action.
Oct 4 – Machinedrum, Aligning Minds, Panther God, Robert Manos –http://bit.ly/waveforms_1
Oct 11 – Prefuse73, Aligning Minds, Robert Manos, 10th Letter –http://bit.ly/waveforms_2
Oct 18 – Blue Sky Black Death, Aligning Minds, RBTS WIN –http://bit.ly/waveforms_3
Oct 25 – STS9 Afterparty – Lineup TBA – http://bit.ly/waveforms_4
Oct 31 – Artikal Records Tour: J:KENZO, Sleeper, Thelem, EshOne, Aligning Minds – http://bit.ly/waveforms_5
Nov 12 – DJ QBert, Jeremy Ellis, Aligning Minds, more to be announced –http://bit.ly/waveforms_6