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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Seattle Apparently Can Get Down With a New Age/Ambient Club Night

Posted by on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Back in January, I asked in a Line Out post if people would attend a DJ night devoted to New Age music. The answer, to my pleasant surprise, is yes. On Tues. Feb. 25, DJ Explorateur and I—with help from NO SLEEP Seattle's Marz Martinez—hosted an event called Rare Air, which featured New Age and weird ambient music at Q Nightclub. And it wasn’t crickets: attendance maxed out at around 70 150, which isn’t bad for a Tuesday night focusing on music that's normally listened to in the privacy of one’s home or on headphones/earbuds.

Scenes from Tuesdays Rare Air night.
  • Ario Jafarzadeh
  • Scenes from Tuesday's Rare Air night.

Q is a slick 700-capacity venue on Capitol Hill usually filled with uptempo dance music and the revelers who love it. On Tuesday, the mood was starkly different and decidedly mellower (security staff definitely was not needed). People sat, lay down on blankets and yoga mats, assumed the lotus position. Some stood and drank and chatted. Graphic/video artist Christian Petersen (I Want You) projected beatific and psychedelic images on the vast white wall below the club’s balcony. Cones of royal-blue light descended from the ceiling. Local producer Panabrite performed live, filling the room with stately analog-synthesizer ambrosia. Before and after Panabrite’s set, Explorateur and Veins (your blogger) spun over 40 tracks (see list after the jump), liberally blending cuts and altering the pitch for maximum disorientation.

The reaction from the punters was overwhelmingly positive, seemingly much more intense than that provoked at other DJ nights I’ve helped to organize. Several people asked to participate in future Rare Air events. The enthusiasm with which this music was received shocked me. Maybe it’s the novelty effect: Historically, there haven’t been many events showcasing mostly beatless music in a club context. (Substrata does this wonderfully every summer at Chapel Performance Space, but that’s a live-music experience in an almost house-of-worship-like atmosphere.) Or perhaps folks have been hungering for something like this: a space where you can space out and hear interesting chill and chilling music on an excellent sound system while a visual master tickles your eyeballs.

Rare Air’s future is, uh, up in the air, but it looks pretty certain that we’ll hold it again. Details tba. (If you think I'm gonna end this with "Namaste," you are sadly mistaken.)

VEINS
01 CONRAD SCHNITZLER- ELECTRIC GARDEN
02 DAVID BYRNE/BRIAN ENO- MOUNTAIN OF NEEDLES
03 JON HASSELL/BRIAN ENO- DELTA RAIN DREAM
04 HOLGER CZUKAY/DAVID SYLVIAN- THE SPIRALLING OF WINTER GHOSTS
05 HYDRAVION- L’HYDRAVION D’ARGENT
06 NO UFO’S [sic]- WHY BE SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT?
EXPLORATEUR
07 TERRY RILEY- CELESTIAL VALLEY
08 NACKT INSECTEN- SOLAR PLEXUS SKYSCRAPER
09 JON HASSELL- COURAGE
10 MOOLAH- CRYSTAL WATERS
11 SPACECRAFT- WATER’S SURFACE
VEINS
12 EXPO ’70- PLANET EGO, THE ASTRAL RETURN TO YOURSELF
13 ROBERT A.A. LOWE- M’BONDO
14 HEAD- CANNABIS SATIVA
15 FLOWCHART- TENJIRA
16 SEEFEEL- INDUSTRIOUS
17 JAN JELINEK/MASAYOSHI FUJITA- WORKSHOP FOR MODERNITY
EXPLORATEUR
18 SONIC BOOM- ECSTASY IN SLOW MOTION + OCTAVES-TREMELOS
19 KEN CAMDEN- TRAPEZIUM
20 ROBERT A.A. LOWE- CLEARLIGHT ALHEMIO

{{{PANABRITE LIVE SET}}}

EXPLORATEUR
21 JD EMMANUEL- PATH INWARD
22 TONTO- PYRAMID SITE PHARAOH
23 DEUTER- ALCHEMY
24 HIGH WOLF- SWALLOW PILLS WITH GANGA RIVER WATER
VEINS
25 D.A. ODEON- THE OWL
26 EDGAR FROESE- PANORPHELIA
27 CONRAD SCHNITZLER- KRAUTROCK
28 SEESSELBERG- OUVERTURE - JEDER IST HEUTZUTAGE GLUCKLICH
29 BEAVER & KRAUSE- RAGNAROK
30 TANGERINE DREAM- PHAEDRA
31 RAGLANI- HEART OF GLASS
32 BITCHIN BAJAS- A2 TRACK OFF WATER WRACKETS
33 APHEX TWIN- CLIFFS [A1 TRACK OFF SELECTED AMBIENT WORKS VOLUME II]
EXPLORATEUR
34 EDWARD LARRY GORDON- ALL PERVADING
35 STEPHEN HALPERN & DALLAS SMITH- PREMONITION
36 FUXA- SUBWAY SHORT/FREE YOUR SOUL
37 E.M.A.K.- AUF IMMER
38 SONIC BOOM- OCTAVES
39 CRAIG LEON- SHE WEARS A HEMISPHERICAL SKULL CAP
40 ED HARTMAN- DOWN THE RIVER
41 LAURIE SPIEGEL- PATCHWORK
42 MOUNTAINS- CHORAL
VEINS
43 FRIPP & ENO- AN INDEX OF METALS
44 TOMORROWLAND- 100101111

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  • Ario Jafarzadeh

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1
So when do we get more?
Posted by bago on February 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM · Report this
2
@1 We are thinking of doing the night again sometime this spring.
-DJ Explorateur
Posted by TippiTime http://www.facebook.com/TippiTime on February 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM · Report this
3
oh my god I need to move to Seattle asap
Posted by karmz on March 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM · Report this
4
This sounds super dope. I'm gonna try to go to the next one.
Posted by The CHZA on March 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM · Report this
Nordic 5
This is fantastic! Great work to all involved. PLEASE keep this night going. I actually think that Q worked beautifully.
Posted by Nordic http://www.myspace.com/nordicsoul on March 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM · Report this

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