Thursday April 14th, the first full day of activities for the Communikey Festival, will see workshops, exhibits, live music, film, A/V performance, dance parties and more!
The daytime activities include an Audio Boutique at HQ from 2-7pm featuring several female artists from Denver’s Titwrench Festival; interACT workshops/film/discussion at ATLAS from 1-5pm; and the opening of the ViceVerse Exhibition at Norlin Library from 5-7pm.
A foray into some of today’s deeper dub sounds, the Dub Visions showcase on Thursday night at the ATLAS Black Box Theater includes the Colorado premier of Spain’s Pulshar. Featuring producer Pablo Bolivar with the vocals of Aphro, Pulshar traverses the borders between spacious song craft and the futuristic outer-reaches of the dub-techno universe. Local live pa Normal Ones bring their own brand of vocal-infused, deep dub accompanied by the video visions of offthesky. CMKY welcomes back Mr. Projectile, unveiling his own brand of dub with Movax providing visuals. The show is 7-10pm and the cost is $10 for general public (buy tix here) or included in your Communikey Festival pass. Dub Visions promises to be an immersive audio/visual experience!
A little bit about the artists…
Pulshar is a duo hailing from Barcelona, Spain that was formed by Pablo Bolivar, a music producer with an extensive discography, and Aphro (Sergio Sainz), a composer, visual artist and ex-vocalist of dub and reggae bands. The two have been working together in the studio since 2007, composing tracks that combine deep soul and old classy dub with space-tech elements.
Normal Ones, based out of Boulder, Colorado, are not your average live pa/dance act. Their performances, usually in stereo or in immersive surround sound environments, include live mixing, live sound shaping with effects, live vocals and improvisational placement of sounds in the listening field. Normal Ones are unexpected, futuristic and retro all rolled into one: the creative sum of two lifetimes influenced by decades of participation in underground music from the early 1980′s to the present. The duo behind Normal Ones, Jahnavi Stenflo and Nathan Jantz, also play a big role in production for the Communikey Festival.
Matthew Arnold aka Mr. Projectile has been an influential member of the electronic music community since 1992. Matt got his start DJing and organizing parties in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota where he also started one of the first minimal techno nights in the country. He is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California where he plays a large role in organizing with Bay Area production company Nexus, whose focus is on “helping to create unique environments designed to elevate and deepen the personal experience shared in a proper listening environment.” Mr. Projectile’s set at Dub Visions will mark his second appearance at the Communikey Festival, the first being an opening set for the legendary Thomas Fehlmann at the Fox Theater in 2009.
Following the show at ATLAS will be a booty-shaking after party at one of Boulder’s favorite underground bars, Catacombs. Three of Boulder’s best DJs will be hitting you hard with the techno, funk, soul, house and general dance party madness they like to bring! Liminal States, a DJ night that usually takes place at George’s next to the Boulder Theater, is run by locals J.L.Kane and DJ This That and the Other, and joining them at Catacombs on Thursday is Drom Fam’s Crab Cannon. This party is free, 21+ and will go from 9pm to 1am. Come get down!