Tuesday, October 11, 2005


It’s October again. We’re settled back in college and the nights are getting shorter. For party people, hot days spent at festivals and dancing in the sunshine over the summer are just a memory now. But October is a time of change in the music industry-new artists, releases and genres. And that means its time for the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival.

DEAF was launched in 2001 to provide both a platform for Irish artists and DJs and a networking opportunity for the Irish and international electronic scenes. A five-day event taking place across various venues, attracting more than 150 acts, its obvious DEAF’s chief inspiration is Barcelona’s Sonar festival. Like Sonar, it aims to provide the public with an opportunity to appreciate the work of artists that might otherwise be sidelined by commercial constraints. Consequently, DEAF provides a relatively esoteric field by pop standards, but it will bring you the most interesting artists at the cutting edge of electronic music and multimedia art.

From the most well-known acts to the most underground, from the most orthodox to the most experimental, DEAF will this year present a comprehensive and intensive line-up where big names such as Mad Mike, Galaxy to Galaxy, Goldie, and Kool Keith will vie against the best of the Irish harvest for 2006.

The flagship event at this year’s festival will be DEAF @ FILMBASE on the 29th. The centrepiece act of the event is Roger Doyle, one of Ireland’s best-known composers of electronic music, who will be sharing the limelight on the same night with Theraminist (the theremin is an early electronic music instrument designed in 1919 to be played without being touched, since you ask) Pamelia Kurstin and bassist Lisle Ellis fusing free jazz and electronica. If navel-gazing obscurica ain’t your thing and you’re looking for something to stimulate dancing feet, then pop along afterwards to Traffic for some undisputable fun where Afuken will be dropping his bouncy brand of glitch-laden tech-house dance floor bombers.

The highlight of DEAF personally will be the Irish debut of Detroit techno innovators Underground Resistance, appearing as Galaxy to Galaxy, featuring a 7 piece band performing hi-tech jazz led by ‘Mad’ Mike Bank. Galaxy to Galaxy share the bill with label mates Los Hermanos and a special D1 Japanese showcase featuring Kan Shimomura and Bayion.

Also making his Irish debut performance will be Kool Keith, better known from his collaborations with the Prodigy and Tricky, but a modern rap legend in his own right. He’ll be performing in the intimate settings of the Village on the 27th, so expect a searing hip-hop prose accompanied with underlying edgy beats. Drum’n’Bass affeciados meanwhile can look forward to the meandering mediocrity of Goldie in Traffic on the 30th.

The Undercurrent live showcase in Soul 28 on the 28th will feature Irish sound sculptors Ikeaboy, Magnetize and Corrugated Tunnel conjuring up noodley instrumental grooves. And for the financially constrained, check out FREE events such as the DEAF DJ Weekender in the Globe Bar every night, Monkey Tennis playing in Anseo on the 28th and Afro-beat pioneer Tony Allen in the Bia Bar on the same night.

Music aside, there will be the film screening of ‘When I Sold My Soul To The Machine’ in Traffic on the 27th. This is the Irish premiere of a documentary film about Den Haag’s vibrant electro community, including I-F, Alden Tyrell, Legowelt and other folk involved in the local scene. Consider this compulsive viewing if you’re a fan of Dutch techno and electro. I-F and Simon Conway will be providing the beats afterwards. There will also be digital art and cinema on display, including key speakers and a special panel discussion on citizen journalism, podcasting and blogging, at the Darklight Symposium in the Digital Exchange on the 28th.

The mere mention of electronic music and art in the same sentence once conjured up ghastly images of Spandau Ballet and Culture Club churning out smudge-mascara disco. No more!

The Dublin Electronic Arts Festival takes place from Thursday 27th until Monday 31st at various venues and is open to the public. The full schedule is online at www.deafireland.com

For a Lyric Fm preview of the festival click here..

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You should listen to that DEAF thing on Lyric, the D1 types sound like a pompous bunch of fucking gits.

The candy people have engaged in a very lazy piece of publication over here, cutting and pastin g DEAF's act bio's into a DEAF special. Beware the advertisement whores of the future.
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