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danopposite | Quip | How Buildings Fail
28th August 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm$2 – $8
danopposite, Leeds’ finest practitioners of outsider hip-hop, headline a summertime show in the convivial surroundings of Wharf Chambers. Expect a wonky yet widescreen approach to the genre that is both witty and reflective, eschewing the minimal in favour of big and brash textural brush strokes of sound underpinned by an approach to beatmaking desperately in love with heavy syncopation, amateur synthesis and prog sampling, creating a vast lolloping indie-prog-bastard-Yorkshire version of J Dilla versus early days DJ Shadow.
Ben Eyes’ oeuvre as Quip has sought to absorb as broad a range of digital audio culture that could be imaginably possible for an artist, whilst resolutely stamping his own unique take on all of these styles, which can only be described as quintessentially recognisable as Quip. Glitch, Drone, Techno, Experimental and Post-Rock are all referenced in a multitude of compositions.
His early works were Boards of Canada-esque meditations on broken glitched-out hip hop, whilst diversions into more dancefloor friendly territories would see a muscular and mutant hybrid of electro-techno delight and enthuse many a sweaty European underground club or basement-bar across the continent. In parallel, throughout the years, he has also performed more experimental sets for guitar and laptop, which, at their most melodious, call to mind the spectral beauty and impressionism of Christian Fennesz and at their most abstract are sound adventures into detailed textural complexity.
His recent works have explored the open-ended properties of modular synthesis, with abstract workouts utilising a custom Eurorack system.
How Buildings Fail
How Buildings Fail, founded in York in 1915, combine the self-built and circuit bent junk-shop synths with live coding techniques to produce a gloopy, granular fabric of songs about comic art, creativity, self-doubt and mortality, somewhere between constructivism and dada.