Terminus: Velocity, Calgary dark electronic music festival

Terminus: Velocity – Calgary’s dark electronic music festival

We dubbed it Industrial Summer Camp, and it was glorious.

Terminus : Velocity was the third incarnation of Calgary’s exclusive dark electronic music festival. With no less than twenty-four amazing acts, it was a superb opportunity to delight in long time favourites and discover new ones.

I use “dark electronic music” as a hypernym for a whole slew of synthesizer accompanied genres: from the retro stylings of synthwave bands, to stomping noise vibes, Terminus encompassed the full gamut of epic.

I don’t use that word thoughtlessly: Terminus was indeed EPIC!

Here’s the lineup for 2015:

Digital Winter, Animal Bodies, Everything Goes Cold, High-Functioning Flesh, Iris, Ivardensphere, Velvet Acid Christ, Dive, Hello Moth, Glass Apple Bonzai, Statiqbloom, The Body, Perturbator, Ayria, Cocksure, This Morn Omina, Apollyon's Visage, Volt 9000, Seeming, Azar Swan, Decree, V>LH>LL, Aesthetic Perfection, Grendel
Terminus 2015 Lineup

This was my first time attending and I had the pleasure to travel with Glass Apple Bonzai. Amongst the dozens of bands, we also met local artists Spawn of the Dead & Twizted Eye Candy. The good folk of Storming the Base were in attendance with enough wicked pressed tunes to bankrupt me into the next year.

Here is the tale of the three days of Terminus that will leave you saying: What the dickens?

What the Dickens?

Dickens Pub in Calgary has been the gracious host of Terminus for three years running. A huge thank you to Chris, Ambor and all the other staff for their tremendous hospitality, from booking hotels and transport to keeping the whole show on point for the weekend.

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Modular Synthesizer by Bit Reduction

Burning Chrome featuring Bit Reduction & Prospero electronic improv sessions

On September 12th, Bit Reduction and Prospero took to the stage at Burning Chrome.

Bit Reduction

For this performance he patched a modular synthesizer system from scratch, building the sound up cable by cable, using very little external gear. The only preconceived notion was to exploit feedback paths. As such, the result was unpredictable, harsh, and largely unpleasant – in the best of ways.

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The result was an eclectic and memorable experience that left everyone calling for more. Follow Craig Renaud’s project on his soundcloud page and stay tuned for future performances.

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Prospero

Born as a solo project in August 2001 under musician and DJ Wade Anderson, Prospero’s music fuses traditional industrial electronics with a variety of acoustic percussion and exotic instruments. In their fifth album “Paradise or Apocalypse” Prospero continues to explore new themes galvanized by the addition of tribal and folk elements as well as vocals from Sandford and Veela.

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Check out clips from the performance here:

 

 

Burning Chrome featuring live improv by Prospero & Bit Reduction

Burning Chrome returns on September 12th

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What is Live Improv?

The idea is for the musician to approach the show with no pre-conceived idea’s about re-producing tracks. Some elements including sounds, instruments and patterns may have been researched but no practiced and no sequenced. There is no plan about what to play or when. What happens at the show will be all created and programmed on the fly.

BIT REDUCTION

Power noise & gritty ambient project, a mesmerizing blend of distortion and harmony.

https://soundcloud.com/bit-reduction

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PROSPERO

Born as a solo project in August 2001 under musician and DJ Wade Anderson, Prospero’s music fuses traditional industrial electronics with a variety of acoustic percussion and exotic instruments. In their fifth album “Paradise or Apocalypse” Prospero continues to explore new themes galvanized by the addition of tribal and folk elements as well as vocals from Sandford and Veela.

Prospero has done this type of show twice in the past. Once with Displacer in 2012 at a Darkrave and once solo at Live Event Sunday’s at the Savage Garden Night Club.

Follow Prospero and download his new album Paradise or Apocalypse

http://www.spreadingtheinfection.com/
https://www.facebook.com/spreadingtheinfection

 

DJ Skeletalkitten &  Synescape

Spinning noise, industrial, dark ambient and experimental music

 

Hosted by 2872 Dundas Street West, Doors at 10:30 PWYC

Keep your receptors filled

Join the Burning Chrome group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/355088194506557/

Dracula’s Daughter

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DJ Darkness Visible presents

DRACULA’S DAUGHTER

with special guest
DJ Synescape

Spinning
Goth, Old-school Industrial, Postpunk, Deathrock, Punk, Dark Alternative, Darkwave

Previous setlist
Dracula’s Daughter
July 19 2014

Dracula’s Daughter
July 26 2014 @ Devils Cellar

DJ Darkness Visible’s set list
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New Order “In a Lonely Place”
Graeme Revell “Devil’s Night”
Dead Can Dance “Black Sun” (r)
Skinny Puppy “Rodent” (r)
Android Lust “The Body”
Nine Inch Nails “Somewhat Damaged”
Killing Joke “Asteroid”
Ministry “Everyday Is Halloween”
Bigod 20 “The Bog(techno duck mix)”
Sisters Of Mercy “Lucretia My Reflection” (r)
Siouxsie & The Banshees “Cities In Dust”
Bauhaus “Passion of Lovers”
Filter “Hey Man Nice Shot”
Delerium “Euphoria (Firefly)”
Public Image Ltd. “The Order of Death”
Trust “Shoom”
Sisters Of Mercy “Marian (version)” (r)
Clan Of Xymox “Theres No Tomorrow”
Depeche Mode “Pleasure Little Treasure” (r)
The Cure “Fascination Street” (r)
Smashing Pumpkins “The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning”
Dead Can Dance “Opium”
Black Ice “In The Dark”
Type O Negative “Wolf Moon” (r)
Penis Flytrap “Dracula’s Daughter”

(r) – request

Free Pool table, horrifying decor, gothic atmosphere, Horror movies on a totally retro electron gun TV.

Doors: 10:30 – 2:45 am
NO COVER

The Devil’s Cellar
2872 Dundas Street West
(basement of Celt’s Pub)
(west of intersection @ Keele and Dundas)

The Dames of Noise return to Burning Chrome

WASP Synthesizer poster for Dames of Noise 2.0 featuring Ar13l, Saucy Miso, Synescape, Skeletalkitten and Ataraxia
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The ladies are back with another night of aural mayhem: Dames of Noise v.2.0

Join us FRIDAY THE 13TH @2872 Dundas West for back to back sets of industrial, IDM, aggrotech and noise brought to you by the Baronesses of Badass:

AR13L
ATARAXIA
SAUCY MISO
SKELETALKITTEN
SYNESCAPE

Doors at 10pm
PWYC
19+ at the bar

[ KEEP YOUR RECEPTORS FILLED ]

Join the Burning Chrome group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/355088194506557/

Schema Factor live performance at Burning Chrome

If you’re a total cyberpunk nerd this should immediately ring a bell:

I could crash your whole (beat) from here man!
I could crash your whole (beat) from here man!

Leif Bloomquist AKA Schema Factor performed at Burning Chrome using a Leap Motion controller for his hardware and a unique visualization engine.

The result was mindblowing:

Leif crits with Digital Music Blast spell
Leif crits with Digital Music Blast spell

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Another Candid from the Schema Factor performance
Another Candid from the Schema Factor performance