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This was the 9th Esthetric Evolution which takes place deep in a beautiful Idaho valley 1.5 hours north of Boise. It is a really interesting blend of oldschool seasoned ravers and no holds barred youthful neo-raver types replete in faux fur and candy regalia. Jesiah of Chickenhed asked me to play on the ‘chill’ stage – in checking the main board to see who was playing when I noticed that, in the genre column, every single artist was listed as “psychedelic”, which gave me a chuckle as I’m not a big fan of the genre pigeonhole.

This set started off with a style I described to a friend as being the audio equivelant of “a monkey on the edge of your clawfoot bathtub performing a violin serenade for your bubblebath”. This style leads into weird and not quite relaxing psychedelic IDM glitch. There was a point where my wife, Alisha, thought I took it too far and said with that small amount of concern in her voice that wives are known for “This is a chill room – isn’t this a bit too crazy?” I responded that “It’s not a chill room – it’s the psychedelic stage and this is perfect… just listen to it… it sounds like your mind being flushed down a toilet!” I did eventually chill out a bit and played music that focused more on the beauty and less on the challenge.

I also did an uptempo set on Saturday evening at this festival.

Tracklisting:

  1. Unknown – Unknown (I’m working on it…)
  2. Robert Rich – Premonitions of circular clouds
  3. Atom ™ –  Weißes Rauschen (Zweiter Teil)
  4. Robag Whrume – Brücke Vier
  5. Bichi – Clouds Are Parceled Out Across My Vision
  6. Koan Sound – Green and Blue
  7. Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
  8. Tipper – Algae Bloom in Seven
  9. Kiln – Korsaire
  10. Autechre – Corc
  11. EU – Boloto
  12. Bogger – Error
  13. Bichi – I am the god of small changes scamming my way through the future
  14. Al Tourettes – Memory jogging
  15. Bitstream – Streamlining
  16. Bola – Veronex Cypher
  17. Skipsapiens – Doctor Silla
  18. Ochre – Low Gravity Freefall
  19. Mr Projectile – I am Here
  20. Bluetech – Escape

And below are some photos from the event, enjoy!

 

Wide Angle of the Chill Dome the night this was recorded.

Wide Angle of the Chill Dome the night this was recorded.

This is 9 I chose to put on the front of the flyer. I remember choosing something classy and I started with my favorite stand-in classy font - Eames Century Modern. It was a nice shock seeing it 20 feet tall made into a mini-golf course!

This is 9 I chose to put on the front of the flyer. I remember wanting to choose something classy and I started with my favorite stand-in classy font – Eames Century Modern. It was a nice shock seeing it 20 feet tall made into a mini-golf course!

There was a beige party set up in a recreation of an office. Oh chickenhed you so cray.

There was a beige party set up in a recreation of an office. Oh chickenhed you so cray.

A nice scene just down the road from the party.

A nice scene just down the road from the party.

 

 


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