Today in Experimental Portland – Tuesday, August 6

Guenter Schlienz + Black Hat + Goodwill Smith + Pulse Emitter @ Valentines, 9pm

Guenter Schlienz spent the better part of his younger years playing guitar in psychedelic rock bands before making the switch to modular synthesizers of his own construction in 2003. The move was the perfect one as his recent efforts (which has come in huge waves; he’s released three short-run cassettes already this year) has a delicate beauty to it that more immature artists would eschew in the place of clamor and noise. He’s joined on this bill by fellow synth explorers Pulse Emitter and Goodwill Smith.

 

 

 

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Music: Black Hat – Jaune

Ah for the pastoral beauty of a quietly unfolding bit of synth wonder. It’s been a great year for that actually, with new releases by icons like Qluster and Klaus Schulze, and dozens of other young players arriving with the modular synths in tow, ready to spread the gospel like pollen. One such musician is Nelson Bean, an artist from up in Seattle who is releasing his latest work as Black Hat on the local cassette label Field Hymns.

I like that someone on SoundCloud likened this track to The Ice Storm. I can see this playing under the scenes with Elijah Wood wandering through the glistening iced over landscape and getting lost in his own stoned thoughts. Makes me strangely wish that the weather outside were a lot more fall/winter-like.

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