We have had such a great response to our Bunker A/V sessions that we GAFFTA and the Bunker have decided to continue our collaboration through September. Join us on September 28th at Monarch (6th + Mission) for Round 3 of GAFFTAHours: The Bunker A/V Sessions with Peter Van Hoesen + Derek Plaslaiko. This audiovisual showcase is the third iteration in a collaboration with the New York techno institution, the Bunker. Again, the Bunker has curated the sound artists for the event and GAFFTA will be presenting some of our favorite code-based visual artists.
“Few upcoming producers have as high a strike rate as Peter Van Hoesen. The Belgian artist’s Time To Express label might as well come with a “buy on sight” sticker, and his releases for Lan have been of a consistently high standard. What’s most impressive about his music is his ability to sound utterly distinctive and forward thinking while using what sounds like just a few elements.” (Resident Advisor)
When it comes down to combining the best of many musical worlds, Peter Van Hoesen can say he’s been doing it for a while now. Deeply rooted in the Belgian electronic music scene as DJ and producer, he is considered by many as a man with multiple musical talents: from straight-up dancefloor jackin’ techno to advanced abstract electronica. His music has been released on his own labels Time To Express and Foton as well as through Berlin’s Lan Muzic and Brussel’s Meakusma. He is active as a DJ, producer, sound designer and composer for contemporary dance and theatre.
Peter’s techno sound is best described as bass-heavy, 6 am warehouse music. His DJ and live sets never fail to add that little bit of extra bassline deepness prevalent in his productions. With a sharp ear for new sounds and scenes his musical approach is distinctly forward looking, while strongly connected to a deep knowledge of electronic dance music’s rich past.
There’s nothing wrong with modesty. But some DJs are too modest, and Derek Plaslaiko is one of them. As someone that has thrived in some of the most competitive scenes for electronic music in the world, he has plenty to brag about.
Plaslaiko cut his teeth in Detroit at the city’s famed Record Time store, selling records to some of the city’s famed DJs and producers. He took these retail experiences—Watts and Syntax were employers as well, once upon a time—and applied them to his fledgling DJ career, earning a residency at the Tuesday night weekly Family. Filling the city’s Motor club on an unlikely party night is no mean feat, but Plaslaiko’s keen selections and infectious energy won over the house heads in the audience. So much so that Plaslaiko was asked by Carl Craig to play at the inaugural edition of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, as well as representing Spectral Sound around the world without ever having released a track on the label.
Eventually, Plaslaiko moved on to New York City where he quickly found himself another residency at The Bunker. As part of one of the most respected Friday night events in the city, Plaslaiko has played alongside Daniel Bell, Marcel Dettmann, Baby Ford, Alex Smoke and countless others, and even was named “Best Techno Party DJ” by The Village Voice in 2006. It was in New York as well that Plaslaiko first began to produce music, leading to his debut release in 2010 on Perc Trax, a 12-inch that was played by DJs like Peter Van Hoesen, Pfirter and Paul Woolford upon its release. Now based in Berlin, more tracks are in the works and the DJ gigs keep piling up. As we said, there’s plenty to brag about. Not that he’d do it himself that is.
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San Francisco-based sound artist and composer Cullen Miller synthesizes an abstract hybrid of aleatoric pop, and noisy tropical minimalism. Incorporating original field recordings, heavy use of digital signal processing, breezy vocals, strip club synths, and peculiar horn arrangements, Miller weaves together a musical tapestry that is threaded by clicky pop and techno. His compositional endeavors began by learning double bass and studying contemporary classical and jazz theory under the Netherlands based composer and bassist, Chad Langford. After his studies, Miller’s obsession with experimentation led him to an interest in designing performance tools with custom software. He is currently a resident at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and is developing performances for their multichannel immersive audio environment. Miller performs periodically with his 7 piece electroacoustic ensemble, Santa and under his dub guise, Selande. He has releases on Konque (NYC), Igloo-Rec (AR), Two Circles (DET) and Cunei Media (SF).