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Droid Behavior + Trash Audio + Capsule Labs + FI presents BL___K NOISE | 1.25

The 6th annual convention inspired event brings together forward thinking production groups Droid Behavior, Capsule Labs, Trash Audio and Friendly Integration to present a night of analog and digital hardware performances. Expect a variety of modular synthesizers, drum machines, control voltage and random noise generation. These activities will take place at Capsule Labs pressing plant. Vinyl production demos will be held throughout the night as well a direct to lacquer disc recording of select performances. BL__K NOISE is for industry by industry. Outside guests and appreciators of the art are welcome.




_Vatican Shadow
_Alessandro Cortini
_Mark Verbos
_Richard Devine
_Derek Michael

_atmosphere by Droid + guests

9pm | $20 | 21+
Located: CAPSULE LABS / 2415 Eads St LA CA 90031


Droid Behavior has stood at the center of the West Coast techno community for nearly a decade. Droid fosters LA’s music movement thru the Droid Recordings label and thru countless one-offs, underground and club collaborations such as the recent Scion House Party series (which has featured the likes of Jeff Mills, Moodymann, and KMS) and an incomparable multimedia experience known as Interface which has debuted Speedy J, Chris Liebing, Vex’d, Surgeon, the Ostgut residents and a slew of others to the forefront of the city’s underground scene. Droid Recordings explores the many faces of dance floor techno, with releases from residents Audio Injection, Drumcell, and Raíz and singles and remixes by Agaric, Tim Xavier, James Ruskin, Jerome Sydenham, Function, Speedy J, Edit-Select, Luis Flores, Tony Rohr, Dustin Zahn, Kyle Gieger, and JPLS. Our releases have been licensed, charted, and supported by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Surgeon, Lucy, Jonas Kopp, DVS1, Chris Liebing, Sandwell District, and Laurent Garnier. The Droid Behavior blog, D-Node podcast, and Alphabloq live stream explore the depths of electronic music culture. Through news, commentary, interviews, local guests, and DJ sets with an international perspective, Droid supports and promotes the techno movement for an audience ranging from domestic to global.

TRASH_AUDIO is an artist collective with a specialization of synthesizers, and in particular modular synthesizers. Reviews, news, and opinions on the gear they use. They are responsible bridging the gap between user and manufacturer by hosting parties, shows and educational workshops around the country while having the companies present.

Capsule labs is analog recording, mastering and vinyl pressing facility in a creative workspace that allows artists to experiment with direct to disc recordings.

Vatican Shadow is the military-inspired project of the Hospital Productions label boss Dominick Fernow (Prurient). Drawing upon and manipulating images of the harrowing realities of modern U.S. warfare, Fernow created his shadowy, harsh electronic sounds by using stems and tracks and then separating them onto cassette, which is then re-layered and distorted. Weaving the cassettes into each other like one would use turntables, the hypnotic and sometimes sinister noises were first heard in 2010 on the limited-edition EP Byzantine Private CIA in 2010. Ten more of these limited releases would follow between 2011 and 2012 on his own Hospital Productions label. His first long-player was Kneel Before Religious Icons in 2011. It received a rapturous reception, with critics lauding Fernow’s unholy amalgamation of an intelligent and thought-provoking concept with brutal and despondent sounds. In 2012, he released two albums (Atta’s Apartment Slated for Demolition and Ghosts of Chechnya) on his own label, and Ornamented Walls on Modern Love. He also made guest appearances on other labels by releasing the 12” September Cell on Bed of Nails and Iraqi Praetorian Guard on Blackest Ever Black. It was during this year that he embarked on a European tour, pummeling audiences with some powerful and unforgettable performances.

Alessandro Cortini’s experience spans from working in the studio and on the road with several notable bands like Nine Inch Nails, Muse, ModWheelMood, SONOIO, Ladytron and many others. He also served on the staff of Musician’s Institute in LA and guest lectures at Berklee School of Music in Boston. He is highly regarded and sought after for his unique approach and experience with synthesizers, specifically his mastery over the arcane Buchla system.

Ignoring traditional values and established methods for creating a career in music has taken Mark Verbos on a journey unlike any other producer, DJ, engineer or recording artists. Mark’s interest in music began at a vary young age when he began playing instruments and reading music at the age of 5. As a teenager, his interest turned to electronic music and he began playing live sets at Drop Bass Network parties in 1993. By the mid 90’s he had released several EPs of his own and began working, as an engineer, in a professional Chicago recording studio. He worked on every imaginable music style, specializing in electronic dance music, with clients including Farley Jackmaster Funk, Ralphie Rosario, Mike Dunn, M Doc, Braxton Holmes, Vince Lawrence and The Final Cut. At this time, Mark started his own label, Simple Answer. In the year 2000 he moved to Berlin to further persue his personal DJ and recording career. he toured throughout Europe as well as Australia. In 2003 Mark moved back to the US, this time to New York and has continued to record and produce other artists, in addition to his own music. His work with Tommie Sunshine is of particular note, having produced more than 50 remixes and several EPs together under the names Binge & Purge and simply Tommie Sunshine. Since 2005 Mark has returned to playing live shows, completely improvised, using nothing but the analog hardware he used way back in 1993. He has received critical acclaim for performances in Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York and many other cities.

As one of the highest respected sound designers in the industry, Richard Devine’s work extends into almost every facet where audio is employed. His unique music approach attracted notable artists for collaboration and remixing including Aphex Twin, Mike Patton, Nine Inch Nails, Otto von Schirach, BT, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Puscifer and more. Richard has released several design libraries including Mechanical Morph, Transform, Pulse and The Electronic Manuscript which won 2009′s best sample library by Remix Technology Awards. He runs Devinesound, a sound design company nominated at the Cannes Lions Award for the work with Microsoft Gaming division for the Halo Believe Campaign. His expertise and knowledge in programming brings some of the biggest companies in the world for his talents including Alesis, Access Virus Keyboards, Akai, Ableton Live, Apple Computers, Native Instruments, Izotope software, Eventide Effects Company, GRM tools, Korg, Clavia Nord, Universal Audio, Hartmann Neuron synthesizers, Roland.

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