Wires Under Tension
Big Spider's Back
Through a serendipitous string of events, Pacific Northwest-based Redefine Magazine was invited to curate an official showcase for 2011's Northside Festival in Brooklyn, New York. This showcase will mark Redefine's second event in the past year, following a wildly successful two-stage unofficial house party at SXSW (recap: http://www.redefinemag.com/music/events/2011-sxsw.php).
The showcase, called PRACTICAL ALCHEMY, is quite an interesting experiment in unifying: sound with motion art; all-ages crowds with mature audiences; classical with electronic; stylistic divergence with cohesion. You can see the poster, which blends the archaic with the modern, here: http://www.redefinemag.com/music/events/images/2011-05-12-northside-color.pdf
Headliners Lucky Dragons will execute their standard goals of creating positive shared spaces which encourage crowd participation and collaborative music-making; Wires Under Tension will engage the audience with their blend of electronic and classical music, while premiering video art crafted by UK artist Peter Liversidge. Philadelphia's RYAT and Brooklyn's Big Spider's Back will contribute heavily electronic sets with live processed video art, and experimental composer duYun will bring the lineup full circle with her avant-garde and classical bent. Additional details and videos for each of the performers can be seen at