Friday, April 28, 2017

crashing thru miami back to kc

Out east, Winter Music Conference is probably the closest thing there is to Ibiza; that is, in March 2004.  There were huge events going on out west, and randomly in the south of the US, but nothing was quite as consistent as this particular onslaught of Electronic Dance Music, EDM, or whatever your favorite nickname might happen to be.

Solaris and I traveled down there in the first part of March, hooking up with several of his comrades here and there, and generally running down a path of debauchery and mayhem.

In addition to the ultimate party of the day, Ultra Music Festival, he had a gig playing live at local radio station, The Womb.

We dropped by several pool parties, stumbled across a few other KC and STL folks, hung out with the likes of Biz Markie, Doug E Fresh, and Slick Rick at a private little affair at Pearl Champagne Lounge, and danced all night to a solid line-up of Techno that included  Christian Smith, Mistress Barbara, and Marco Bailey at Tronic Treatment.

Coming back to Kansas City might have been a letdown after all that, but we returned just in time for a little Snake Saturday in the northland, and local message forum Syde-Sho was throwing a huge little party for their 3rd anniversary.

The very next night we enjoyed a special treat from New York, when Tortured Soul came to play. They are definitely an act to catch, if you ever get the chance.  I don't think they have been to KC since they played Kabal later in 2004.

St Patrick's Day landed on Grand Boulevard a few days later.  It seemed a bit more mute than usual, with an entire entourage of public safety officials monitoring the situation.

Coupled with a war protest on the Plaza later that week, the times they were a changing.

The party kept going though.  DeepFix Records event moved to Fridays at Kabal, and a crazy little Monday night called BLO, burst on the scene with a Prom Night like none before at the Empire Room.

The following month only stepped things up a bit, but we will get to that shortly.  There were three hot little parties that fired up in town, and Spring was only beginning to bloom.

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Monday, April 03, 2017


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This month's header image comes from those taken during the Kansas City St Patrick's Day Parade in 2002, on Grand Avenue Boulevard, looking north from about 22nd Street.

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A new form of musical expression from by Brian Eno, the founding father of Ambient, Generative takes things to a whole new level of interactivity and creativity. Recently, he released a 54-minute track Reflection along with a counterpart that is much longer, available through an app that provides users the ability to render their own remixes of the track, into infinity.

Only one of several discussed in “Infinite Music ∞ Makes It Last Forever” by Eli Zeger, in cuepoint, they are all part of an old tradition in Ambient circles of artists exploring temporal boundaries.  One person may never hear an entire track, as some are scores meant to go on for hundreds of years.


A collaboration between Mobumichi Asai, design studio WOW, and the University of Tokyo Watanabe Laboratory, “INORI (prayer)” features a dance performance video with live facial projection mapping that modifies the facial costume of the dancers.  Check out the final performance by the dance duo AyaBambi, likely most famous for their work with Madonna, using the world’s fastest high-speed projector with 3d mapping and high precision sensor tracking.


This past month, scientists figured out how to store data at the atomic level, and suggest it is the future of data storage. The discovery by IBM is the culmination of 35 years of nanotechnology research using their Nobel prize-winning scanning tunneling microscope.  While it is not quite ready for the consumer market, it is a leap forward, with endless possibilities for the future.  An entire lifetime of data might one day soon be stored on something the size of a credit card, or perhaps even an SD card.


A Magical 3D Mapping Projection ‘Sofia’s Starmap’ appeared on the 14th century Cathedral of Vilnius, Lithuania earlier in the month.  The fairy tale was stretched across the fa├žade, using the architecture as a canvas, over an area of more than 1216 square meters.   A partnership between emerging producer Liudas Lazauskasand the visual arts team from Miracles, the tale from Roe Deers is one for any age.  The leading character, Sophia falls asleep among a dream where the Moon takes her across the universe.  In meeting the planets, she learns lessons in vanity, ski-deep beauty, and the fear of losing someone you care about.


An interesting exploration of the differences between modern eastern and western civilizations through mental schemes, reasoning, and learning situations; not opinions of any particular topic.  The 45-minute documentary is English and produced by EBS, national public television in Korea featuring educational and cultural programs.


Look to this space in coming issues for updates on the site, a bit of a ChangeLog transmission.  As of this date, event photos through March 2004 have been restored.  The zine that ran from 2004 through 2006 is fully restored, but photos and stories are completely MIA from 2007 & 2008.  That will be fixed soon. Otherwise, events are being restored to the original date of the event.  The related post on the site hosts five images chosen for one reason or another, and beneath those, a link to the album. New columns are under consideration, and new writers are always welcome.  We are looking to expand the social aspect of the site currently, with folks interested in writing columns similar to this, or these topics. Just get in touch with the editor at phocas.