Plaid Live A/V
Plaid performs a live A/V set touring on the new album Polymer.
On the final stop of their North American tour, Plaid performs a brand new live audio-visual performance for their new album Polymer.
The duo, composed of Ed Handley and Andy Turner, has crafted and evolved their sound over nearly thirty years cementing them as veterans in the IDM electronic music world. Marking Plaid's tenth album, 'Polymer' melds a tangled plethora of broken beats, rhythmic textures, and bright melodic soundscapes. The album reflects on the multitude of forms that plastics and proteins can take form.
“The problems and benefits of Polymers felt like good themes for this album, their repetitious strength, endurance and troubling persistence, the natural versus the synthetic, silk and silicone, the significant effect they have on our lives,” says the artists.
A strong visual aesthetic has always been part and parcel with Plaid's output — whether in artwork, videos, or on-stage projections, which the two feel are vital to what they do and have evolved along with technical tools. Their 'Polymer' tour will feature the artists 'playing' a visual sequencer, with custom screens built for three-dimensional image mapping for a fully sensory enveloping experience.
Plaid sit right at the very heart of global electronica. In fact there's a very real sense in which Ed Handley and Andy Turner are the perfect encapsulation of what the electronic music of their generation was all about. As Plaid and as two-thirds of The Black Dog, they were central to the "Artificial Intelligence" movement of the early-mid 1990s: they brought new rhythmic variation, emotive melody and sensual textures to electronic music, creating a warm and welcoming counterpart to the white heat of the rave explosion.
Alexandrea Echo Archuleta
Alexandrea Echo Archuleta (Piano Rain, DJ Ladybug, Puzzle, House of Velocity) is a sound artist, producer, DJ and quilter born of Colorado soil, currently flourishing under the California Sun and Moon. She began her journey performing piano in cathedrals before beginning her path in the world of technical theater. Inspired by patterns in nature and subliminal perception she weaves together sounds and textures, as a healing material, into a garden of memory, connecting the past through the present and into the future. Her soundworks, like her quilt works, hold the intention of transmitting the nurturing warmth of human touch and memory activation, delivering messages beyond space to withstand the thread and test of time. Her electronic lullabies, techno reflections and house inspired waterscapes function as a holistic approach to electronics and healing on a biological, emotional and spiritual level. With the use of samples and forgotten 90’s electronics her sounds echo the nostalgia of the past, playing with time, emotion and memory access. Our collective human bio-computer systems are operating in hyper-speed thus limiting our access to certain programs of self-healing. These programs become more available to the individual through acts of deep listening, trance states and touch therapy, which can be all be triggered by sound and light vibrations across space and time. The Universal Element of Sound is one of the many keys to wellness, both on the personal and collective planes, thus a piece of the puzzle in contributing to global health and consciousness. In preserving the rhythms of nature and the heartbreakingly invisible duende absent from much of the mainstream art of the present, she builds the time capsule, a body of work intended to last immortally for the future of humanity to do as thou wilt.
C.l.a.w.s. is a long time San Francisco based music freak. After spending the better part of the 90s and 2000s playing in an array of punk and deathrock bands, he began promoting underground electronic music events in warehouses and basements around the city featuring an eclectic cast of performers whose sounds were often too far out for the club scene. Never beholden to one genre, C.l.a.w.s. takes cues from a wide assortment of music and his sets relect a diversity of influences. Expect to hear hints of techno, electro, acid, disco, wave, punk and dub mixed up in a steaming cauldron of dark funk. In 2016, C.l.a.w.s. and Solar founded the San Francisco based label "Squirrels on Film," distributed internationally by Rush Hour. In 2019, C.l.a.w.s. and Tyrel Williams founded the label "Immortal Sin."