January 10, 2010 |
On a Pacific Ocean-cooled Sunday night last October, a crowd of 25,000 people thronged the streets outside the Tijuana Cultural Center to witness a startling musical experiment. Packed two- and three-deep on the outdoor stage near the Avenue of Heroes, several members of the Baja California Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Ivan del Prado, conjured lush melodies more suited to a concert hall than a gritty urban thoroughfare. Overhead, a jumbo screen flashed Pop Art graphics ("BANG!"
May 24, 2013 |
The last time local government took a close interest in electronic dance music around downtown L.A., the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission banned raves at the facility after a teenage girl's drug death at Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010. The ban was eventually lifted, yet the incident was a dark cloud over dance music's future on public property in the heart of L.A. But that tune will soon change. Starting Sunday, a new monthly series produced by the owners of the Fashion District's Pattern Bar will bring sophisticated underground dance artists to Grand Park, one of the city's most significant and idyllic new public spaces.
November 8, 2012 |
Coachella is taking its show on a boat this year , but it's not the only major music festival testing new waters. Sonar, the long-running Spanish music fest in Barcelona known for ambitious multimedia design work and electronica acts, is taking an abbreviated version of the festival on a full North American tour. Although organizers have done one-off installments and recurring editions in cities including São Paulo, Brazil, and Cape Town, South Africa, this season's jaunt, which stops in L.A. at the Shrine Expo Hall on Saturday, is a telling experiment in how a name-brand music festival can reach audiences far from its own shores.
March 8, 2013
L.A. electronic musicians have already colonized the northeast L.A. neighborhoods of Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington and Eagle Rock (home to Low End Theory, Stone's Throw and 100% Silk Records, respectively). Now that vibrant scene is sinking its samplers into the badlands of Glendale, with Saturday's opening of the new nightclub Complex. What : In its previous life as the Scene or LaBrie's - well-intentioned efforts to broaden the city's indie-rock venue coterie - the space never quite became appointment viewing.
October 3, 1986 |
In one of Steve Martin's old routines, the comedian boasted that " you can be a millionaire and never pay taxes." The punch line? "First, get a million dollars. Now. . . ." A similar answer used to be the only recourse for aspiring electronic music wizards who ached to get their hands on lots of expensive, sophisticated synthesizers: "First, get $100,000. Now. . . ."
July 3, 1991 |
The really radical challenge of electronic music is its concentrated focus on purely aural events. No theater of performance distractions here, no interpretive charisma or ego. Monday at the Santa Monica Public Library, computer composer Michael Robinson darkened the stage and auditorium, to "encourage an atmosphere of fantasy."