Blankstairs Greenpoint rooftop party / August 2015
with 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
+ 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.
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.
Blankstairs artist and label manager, Nathaniel Young collaborates with Bizaar Bazaar founder, Selwa Abd on ‘Serif Loop’, the first in a series of forthcoming collaborations.
Recorded live in one take using a sampler and fx processing.
We’re beyond ecstatic to present the PDX debut of Mexico City’s, White Visitation. WV has seen stellar releases on the always outstanding NYC imprint Styles Upon Styles, L.I.E.S., UK’s sturdy Opal Tapes, and most recently on Berlin’s formidable Blank Slate records. WV will be joined by Vancouver mainstays, Derivatives as well as the always punishing, A S S S. This is a night not to be missed.