Oct 042016
 

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Harmonious Discord label boss and abstract artist PointBender returns with his third and most expressly creative full-length album yet. PointBender is the moniker of Sean Anderson, an independent artist living in Austin, TX who has been putting out back-pocket releases for over 15 years on imprints like Guidance, Thoughtless, Blaq, and his own imprint Harmonious Discord. Sean’s third album is a project 1.5 years in the making with collaborations from Toronto based vocalist and Lal frontwoman Rosina Kazi, Texas based dub artist Vegenaut, and techno artist Matthew Thompson. Sean took a new approach to constructing this album, focusing on recording single takes of audio directly and limiting himself to outboard gear with minimal computer intervention. In addition, the album features a multitude of live instrumentation with recordings of guitar, bass, drums, and clarinet alongside some personal field recordings. Dusk Frontier embodies a new outlook and direction for Sean as an artist and showcases a taste of the future of the project.

Harmonious Discord 046 PointBender – Dusk Frontier

  1. Intro to an Aircraft
  2. Dusk Frontier featuring Rosina
  3. Steam Morris
  4. Brain Mud featuring Vegenaut
  5. Passive Casio
  6. Dub Creature
  7. Pferd featuring Matthew Thompson
  8. Three Complications

Listen:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/harmonious-discord/sets/hd046-pointbender-dusk-frontier-album

Purchase:

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dusk-frontier/id1147482729

Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/dusk-frontier/1836972

Juno Download: http://www.junodownload.com/products/pointbender-dusk-frontier/3191142-02/

Traxxsource:

Intro to an Airplane is an ambient sound design experiment recorded and produced completely on an airplane using recordings of the air vents, people, and field noise with the aid of some heavy FX processing. The title song Dusk Frontier is a mixture of deep moods and cinematic overtures supported by driving percussion. Rosina Kazi showcases a wide range of vocal phrasing and complex harmonies over a field of growing synthesizer interplay. Splashes of percussion and bass slides help grow the space in between until the break where warming chimes drift the listeners into a greyed abstraction. Steam Morris is another deep selection focusing on smoky old world undertones. Live clarinet and evolving pads keep the mood pensive as support from drum machines and synths grows to complicate the mood. For Brain Mud, Sean teams up with Vegenaut, a cross-genre artist with a flair for off kilter glitchy dub works to create a messy slow burn with smooth bass and a competing mixture of leads and synth sketches. Passive Casio starts a nice divergence to rough and tumble urban techno jams. The song was recorded in a single session inside a beat machine with tons of automation and sound morphing. By the second breakdown the song is in complete chaos embodied by gritty distortion and staggered delays. Dub Creature is a canonical example of PointBender’s signature cinematic sound. Tightly controlled dub chords build into a druggy midnight bouncer with bass slides and plenty of dark arpeggios. Pferd continues on the dubby theme with gargantuan bass and a variety of capped and swung drum fills. Likely one of the dancier of the pieces, Pferd works well as a dancefloor tool. We finalize the album with an 80’s inspired emotional journey called Three Complications. Sean uses guitar and vocals to accompany the warm lush pads and arpeggios of that toe the line between an indie musical piece and a proper Balearic house song. While each selection has its unique lens and language the album as a whole is a thoughtful narrative on the boundaries of electronic music and the ability to abstract away from cemented dancefloor formulas.

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 Posted by at 3:09 pm
Mar 072016
 

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Purchase: https://pro.beatport.com/track/the-magic-in-this-place-pointbender-remix/7632928

Joshua Kynd’s “The Magic in This Place” threads serenity through chaos, keeping the dark stitch shiny and inviting. Entrancing vocals erupt into extravagant layers of juxtaposition, making this track a solid think piece.

A centrifugal force courtesy of PointBender stretches and lifts the crisp lines of the original, creating a seductively textured remix that sounds like disorder and fits like a glove.

Class-A Deviants’ remix adds a sinister undertone to “Magic” by speeding up the low end and pixelating the vocal for a wicked echo of the original. Ventricle-pounding mallets add to the cinematic suspense.

 Posted by at 2:17 pm
Mar 072016
 

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Purchase: https://pro.beatport.com/track/where-do-you-go-pointbender-and-jdn-mix/7322593

San Francisco resident Jeffrey Tice finds art and inspiration in unexpected places.  Whether it is gazing on the renegade street art of his hometown or crafting homages to his childhood heroes through his moniker Copy Correct.  Outside of his re-works he exhibits a strong ability to harness his everyday inspirations into warm and inviting musical works.

Where Do You Go is a tale laden with a sentimental cast of memories and dreams.  The intersection of warm experiences and a yearning to reach greater heights of happiness. The intro alone is a pensive reminder of soft autumn stillness with a steady build into more inviting dance floor material.  Longtime house music veteran and Jacob London (Classic Music, Squid Recordings) cast member Hanssen returns to the label to offer his unique blend of synthetic mastery and forward thinking tech edge to deliver a blend of perfected pads and driving arpeggios.  HD mainstay Vital returns to ensure that the late night hours are covered with a techy rework of the original offering a more stripped down formula than the deeper original.  Mexico’s Ivan Dbri completely flips the script with a deeper dub reminiscent of the Terry Lee Brown “Dub Till Dawn” series.  NY meets Berlin with this sultry mix of late night pads.  Label Bosses PointBender and JDN round out the remix work with a chunky, tech diversion that features chord repeats and a cornucopia of percussion.  Lastly, we present another blissful contribution from Jeffrey perfect for house-minded mix sessions.  Folsom embodies a brisk Bay afternoon, and compliments its warmth with prevalent techno bass and vocal trickery.  Stay tuned for more music from Jeffrey Tice on the Harmonious Discord imprint and join us next year for our 15 year anniversary.

 Posted by at 2:13 pm
Mar 132015
 

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Harmonious Discord 041 Deepchild – Golden Moments in American Manufacturing

1. Vulcanised (Original)

2. Vulcanised (PointBender Remix)

3. Golden Moments in American Manufacturing (Original)

4. Golden Moments in American Manufacturing (Ill76 Remix)

5. Golden Moments in American Manufacturing (Gaunt Remix)

The HD camp has long been fans of the raw underground sound of Australian-born berlin-based warehouse wizard Rick Bull aka Deepchild. His expert control of hardware systems and abstract musical methodology has created an impressive lineage of music on labels like Get Physical, Face II Face, Thoughtless, and Trapez. Rick is a pioneer in the uncharted waters of forward thinking techno and this project is far from an exception. Playing on themes of machinery, chaos, and American ethos Rick brings us Golden Moments in American Manufacturing; a galvanized techno experience showcasing the raw and sometimes abrasive moments in democratic evolution.

Harmonious Discord 041 Deepchild – Golden Moments in American Manufacturing

1. Vulcanised (Original)

2. Vulcanised (PointBender Remix)

3. Golden Moments in American Manufacturing (Original)

4. Golden Moments in American Manufacturing (Ill76 Remix)

5. Golden Moments in American Manufacturing (Gaunt Remix)

The HD camp has long been fans of the raw underground sound of Australian-born berlin-based warehouse wizard Rick Bull aka Deepchild. His expert control of hardware systems and abstract musical methodology has created an impressive lineage of music on labels like Get Physical, Face II Face, Thoughtless, and Trapez. Rick is a pioneer in the uncharted waters of forward thinking techno and this project is far from an exception. Playing on themes of machinery, chaos, and American ethos Rick brings us Golden Moments in American Manufacturing; a galvanized techno experience showcasing the raw and sometimes abrasive moments in democratic evolution.

Vulcanised starts us off with a vocal driven juggernaut. Haunting pitched vocals and arpeggiated bass rolls us through several pockets of sound design and the forefront drum programing is ensured to rattle the windows of your favorite underground haunt. Harmonious Discord’s label boss steps up to remix duties with a muddy bass-laden revision focused on taming the rougher nature of the original. The PointBender quickly evolves into an interplay of mutating synth lines and sharp hardware leads.

Our title track features a cornucopia of distorted rhythm elements the build into an anthem for blue-collar woes. The prevalent vocal “WORK,WORK” is like the drum beat to a tireless task initiated by the hive mind. HD veteran Ill76 offers up a smooth dance floor techno rendition with tugboat atmospheres and cycled rotations of energy building pad progressions. Our final interpretation comes to us from Canadian producer Brandon Sprouse (Driip, Gaunt). Brandon’s gaunt pseudonym borrows many dark and twisted sound design elements present in his Driip pieces but delivers it with a pure techno punch.

Deepchild has yet again set the stage for dystopian artistry through his sonic mastery of haunted spaces. Golden Moments is a subversive reminder of the underlying beauty in the systems and constructs that we all experience daily.

Brendon Moeller – “Both originals are dope.”
Phonogenic (Moodmusic / Turbo) – “‘Vulcanised’ is damn good groovin’.”
Daniel Bortz (Suol / Pastamusik) – “PointBender’s remix … cool one.”
Louk (Compulzion / Druck) – “The Ill76 remix is for me.”
Chris Fortier (Fade) – “Super!”
John Norman (KMS Records / Thoughtless) – “‘Vulcanized’ is just beautiful! Melodic, driving and spacious … just the way I like them. The PointBender remix offers some nice chord stabs to pump up the original. A great EP all around.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) – “Serious heavy tracks.”
Adam Collins (Euphoria Records / Omni A.M.) – “This release is amazing. I’ll play them all.”
Alinep (Asia Music / UB Radio) – “All tracks are good, but ‘Vulcanized’ is the f*’ing bomb … I’ll be playing it everywhere.”
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show) – “All versions of ‘Golden Moments …’ are superb. I love it.”
Corbin Dooley (Electric Feel Radio Show) – “Fantastic EP. It’s hard to single out a favorite, but the synth in the PointBender remix really makes it a winner.”

 Posted by at 9:10 am
Dec 162014
 

Deep in the throbbing heart of the still bristles of West Texas enlightened souls united to provide sanctimonious union and prayer for the sounds of the underground. These souls united on a weekend of sonic journeys and paranormal connections.

It was late Friday night when Harmonious Discord founder and producer PointBender performed a set of music along with live electronic drums and effects. The set stretched a span of 3.5 hours and carried listeners from the depths of deeply contemplative and musically rich tech house into the cosmic depths of sheer next level techno.

This set was reconstructed and provided to those beautiful souls that could not make it on our physical journey. I hope you enjoy, Namaste!

Tracklisting:
1. PointBender – Intro
2. Sailor and I – Turnaround (Ame Remix)
3. Taster Peter – Oculus
4. Leon Vynehall – Time
5. Cuebur – I See You (Andre Lodemann Remix)
6. Alex Barck – Atmosphere
7. Caribou – Can’t Do without You (Tale of Us Remix)
8. Chopstick and JohnJon – Run Slowly (Andre Lodemann Remix)
9. Javierski – Love Joule
10. Inxec and Droog – Mountain Drop
11. Sandy Rivera – SOTOM (Jimpster Remix)
12. Overnight featuring Hollis P. Monroe – If You Have a Doubt (Mario Basanov Remix)
13. My Favorite Robot – Dive (Mind Against Remix)
14. Nadastrom – Shelly
15. Ten Walls – Gotham
16. Aidan Lavelle featuring Shawni – Stars (Andre Hommen Remix)
17. Qtier – Set Me on Fire (Edu Imbernon Remix)
18. Adam Pickerell featuring Daniel Hardaway – Reach Suite (Henry Chow Remix)
19. Simon Beeston and Andi Numan – Problem Bears
20. Stephan Bodzin and Marc Romboy – Kerberos

 

 

 Posted by at 9:12 am
Oct 252013
 

Cirque

Loop 1 Music returns with the second installment of Cirque Lunaire at the Crown Events Center. We will be releasing information in multiple phases up until the event with surprises on each release.

$10 Tickets (SOLD OUT)
$15 Tickets (ON SALE)
$20 Tickets
$25 Tickets

http://www.loop1tickets.com/

Doors will be from 8pm – 4am

brought to you by:
System 7 and Smile ATX

Sound: Nomad Sound
Lighting: Element Systems
Deco: Art Seen Alliance

 Posted by at 1:42 pm