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  • Blankstairs is pleased to announce the imminent release of ‘Pathfinder’, the latest record from Washington State resident Archivist. 'Pathfinder’ is Archivist’s second release on Blankstairs, following 2015’s  'Migration’, which Impose Magazine celebrated as offering listeners “the possibility of transcendence.” Archivist’s new record is no different, featuring three original deep techno tracks along with a remix by The Bunker New York resident Eric Cloutier. With 'Pathfinder’, Archivist shows himself to be one of the West Coast’s most intense and interesting techno producers.

    Opening the record is “Klamath”, which rises gently out of the darkness before overtaking the listener with its percussive power. Channeling the Washington landscape, the track is a rich and hypnotic ride that flows like a landslide before finally returning to a state of rest. 'A Rogue Moon’ is a ghostly trip down shadowed trails, as euphonic echoes and esoteric strings find space in the tracks cavernous kicks, making it perfect for late nights and early mornings.

    The second side features two takes of the title track 'Pathfinder’. The original version shows Archivist’s ability to temper a peak time tune, with rolling rhythms and cacophonous stabs of chords that boulder over the listener, leaving little left in its wake. Eric Cloutier closes the EP by rebuilding 'Pathfinder’ into a clean, cutting cleaver, proving that Cloutier is just as powerful as a producer as he is a DJ.

    BST014 will be out in both 12" and Digital formats on February 19th, 2016. Stream the previews below and catch Eric Cloutier’s remix featured in his RA.502 podcast contribution.

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    RA.502 - Eric Cloutier: http://goo.gl/7mmAUB
    Pre-Order BST014 here: https://goo.gl/sF1pSF
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    (Photo by Ceci Corsano-Leopizzi)

  • Blankstairs Greenpoint rooftop party / August 2015

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    M/M [1080p / DEEP / ATM] (Live Debut)
    GUT NOSE [Styles Upon Styles] (Live)
    SOLPARA [Booma / Other People] (Live)
    OREN RATOWSKY [BOOMA] (Live)
    +
    MAPES [Blankstairs] (DJ)
    FIRST CIRCLE [Blankstairs] (DJ)
    METROPOL [Blankstairs / Pastel Voids] (DJ)
    NATHANIEL YOUNG [Blankstairs / Styles Upon Styles] (DJ)

  • Halcyon presents: Blankstairs

    5pm EST / 2pm PST / Free
    at Halcyon
    395 Wythe Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11249

    Streaming via USTREAM:
    www.ustream.tv/channel/2YAZDdRAKJu

    Archivist [Blankstairs / Secondnature // Seattle]

    + Blankstairs DJs
    Mapes
    First Circle
    Nathaniel Young

    Halcyon will be hosting Blankstairs in their new Williamsburg location. With sets from staple Blankstairs DJs as well as Seattle’s Archivist hours after his performance at Montreal’s official Bacchanale Festival afterparty.

    About Archivist:
    Archivist is a project about getting lost in sound. It’s about allowing one’s mind to wander off to darker corners of the psyche by distracting the body through ritualistic focus on rhythm. Alex combines the wild, energetic potential of techno as party music with a subtler, more spacious strain of psychedelia. He maintains a solid focus on the dance floor without sacrificing hallucinatory atmospheres or emotional depth, always aiming to bring a crowd to a state of pure, blissful movement. Alex’s DJ sets are infused with the feeling of all-nighters in Seattle hideaways and insurgent outdoor techno parties in Eastern Washington, where the only task at hand is to shake off all the stress of city life through the shared experience of music. His productions aim to capture a bit of this feeling in recorded form.

    Blankstairs will be releasing Alex’s debut 12" in early 2016 featuring a remix from Eric Cloutier.

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    We’re overjoyed to present the debut physical release from Portland’s A/V artist, Ben Glas. BST011, Music To Interact To, will be available digitally and physically on September 15th. Stream the Glas’ ‘Halbdruck’ via The Ransom Note.

    At the foundation of all organized audio (music) there exists systems. These systems provide a simple (preconceived) context for the listener and guides their perceptions through the piece. If an artist produces a piece based in these systems, but also allows for experimentation in an unrestricted environment, then naturally the end result will lead to these systems endlessly building on top of each other, cascading ultimately into complete nothingness. Meaning without meaning; conclusion without conclusion. This is the relationship that artist Ben Glas is most interested in, and is arguably the most crucial element to his productions. Glas finds extreme gaiety in exploring the highly personal interactions that take place between an audio (or musical) production and its audience.

    As a student at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Ben has been actively investigating the immense power and complexities of sound as art and music as interaction. Through the lens of both an academic and autodidact, Ben aims to produce work that actively encourages a conversation, positive or negative, with the listener. ‘Music To Interact To’ finds Glas narrating that interaction, altering the listener’s perception and understanding while exploring the language of sound (technically and metaphorically) to the fullest.

    Pre-Order ‘Music To Interact To’ directly from us here: https://goo.gl/g5Ycwn

    Tracklist
    01. Sonic Primer I
    02. Halbdruck
    03. Hause
    04. Sonic Primer II
    05. Stagnation, Happydrone
    06. Digital Serialism

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  • 08.22.15
    8pm-late / Free / BYOB
    GREENPOINT ROOFTOP LOCATION
    TEXT FOR ADDRESS:
    503.734.9838

    M/M [1080p / DEEP / ATM] (Live Debut)
    GUT NOSE [Styles Upon Styles] (Live)
    SOLPARA [Booma / Other People] (Live)
    OREN RATOWSKY [BOOMA] (Live)
    +
    MAPES [Blankstairs] (DJ)
    FIRST CIRCLE [Blankstairs] (DJ)
    METROPOL [Blankstairs / Pastel Voids] (DJ)
    NATHANIEL YOUNG [Blankstairs / Styles Upon Styles] (DJ)

  • 08.07.15 / 10pm-late / Free
    Blankstairs at SISTERS
    900 Fulton St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11238

    Mapes [Blankstairs]
    DEBBIE [Don’t Trust Humans]
    Solpara [Booma / Other People]
    James Place [Umor Rex Records / Opal Tapes / Styles Upon Styles]
    Nathaniel Young [Blankstairs / Styles Upon Styles]



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