Opener Aleph.Null twisted knobs and squinted at a screen and made abrasive, ear-splitting peals of noise interspersed with hyperspeed beats emerge from the speakers. The coolest part was when he picked that mixer up and rocked it like a guitar.
The tools of the trade the trade being cacophonous experimental electronic music on display.
I wouldnt call this dance music, but thats okay buddy, I wouldnt really call what youre doing dancing, either.
Who knew that the AV Club geeks were going to grow up and become such insane musicians? Cyrusrex, right, is joined by Otto von Schirach.
The visuals were awesome and well-suited to the music. Said visuals provided by VJ DizyPixl; angry, venomous scowl provided by her assistant.
Benders played host to an evening of far-out experimental electronic music and a diverse crowd. I saw everything from frat guys to weird, smelly, dont-leave-the-house-often noise aficionados. Mostly I saw a lot of old Goths and guys from the harder fringes of Denvers electronic music scene.
Girls like this listen to experimental electronic music? Shit, I knew I should never have sold my synthesizers.
Cyrusrex kneels down low to bring a set of fairly listenable, if ultimately unremarkable, electronic experimentation.
Prepare, for this mild-mannered doctor-looking guy is about to transform into
Otto von Schirach, a superhero who harnesses the powers of scatological humor and punishing beats to bring the awesome.
One of the highlights of the evening was a warped, acid-scarred cover version of When Doves Cry. Even Prince would have acknowledged its majesty.
The surprisingly large crowd was totally digging Otto.
These two really loved Otto, and who can blame them? His sound isnt exactly accessible, but he manages to make his blend of hard-hitting, high-speed beats and grating noise into something surprisingly musical and extremely fun.
Ottos primary instrument was his voice, which he filtered through an array of distorting and warping effects. He sang, he growled, he may have even been beatboxing. It was impressive, and points towards a direction other laptop-based performers can explore to add dynamics to their sets.
Otto invites everyone up on stage to dance, motherfuckers, dance!
And security promptly invites them down, please, and he means NOW.
At one point, Otto stopped and asked the crowd Do you want some hard, ear-twisting shit, or do you want a dance party, and well take off all our clothes and have an orgy? After some shouted feedback from the crowd he concluded Oh, you want both? Thats smart. And thats what he delivered, although it was more of a metaphorical orgy, but still