Presented by Gift Tapes and Debacle Records
Bee Mask is a project of Chris Madak (Philadelphia), who over the course of thirty-plus releases has cultivated an intricately wrought and deeply warped sensibility that draws equally on the ecstatic human/machine couplings of 1970s west coast synthesis, the fractured gloss of sampler concrète, the iridescent thumbprint of High Minimalism on the IQ-decimating throb of trunk bass, and the barely-sublimated currents of vertigo and terror that course beneath the finest and most unsettling moments in the canon of home-recorded psychedelia. Matt Carlson is an active participant in Portland’s underground and experimental music scene. In his recent music, he uses his body and voice to interact with a large analog modular synthesizer. Spare Death Icon is a solo project of Jason E. Anderson, head of the Gift Tapes/DRAFT label and half of synth duo Brother Raven. He employs “dated” synthesizers and drum machines to craft a sound recalling b-movie action and horror soundtracks, offset by influences from early 80’s underground tape music and atmospheric ambient.