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More action from the Adventures in Modern Music festival


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Oval (aka Markus Popp)
  • Oval (aka Markus Popp)
The annual Adventures in Modern Music festival, presented by British music magazine the Wire and the Empty Bottle, is in full swing through Sunday night. The Reader has a handy sidebar, and Jessica Hopper wrote about tonight's set by Peaking Lights, a dubby Madison duo who recently decamped to LA—but of course there's more. Headlining that Peaking Lights show at the Museum of Contemporary Art is Oval (aka the longtime solo project of German electronic musician Markus Popp). Oval was sort of involved in last year's event too, when AiMM joined forces with the Sonar Festival, but tonight's show promises different material than he presented last September at the Cultural Center. He'll be playing music from a split LP with Brooklyn's Liturgy that Thrill Jockey released earlier this year, as well as material from the forthcoming German release OvalDNA, a CD and CD-ROM collection of hard-to-find and previously unreleased tracks spanning 1993-2010 (mostly either immediately before or after the work on last year's O). Popp will also revisit pieces from O, but this time around he'll add beats.

Saturday the action moves to Heaven Gallery with a headlining performance by LA's Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallones). Like many artists in the ambient/experimental/psych underground, Sun Araw is maddeningly prolific, and I haven't heard too much of its prodigious output. I can say that the new Ancient Romans (Sun Ark) loads its extended, hypnotizing jams with a mind-warping, murky amalgam of hijacked 80s pop, noodly psychedelia, and heavy dub. Below you can listen to "Crete," a song from the new record.

Preceding Sun Araw are Oneohtrix Point Never and an edited screening of Staring Into the Sun, a dazzling video travelogue through the sights and sounds of tribal Ethiopia by filmmaker Olivia Wyatt—the full 60-minute film is available in a gorgeously packaged 136-page book (via Sublime Frequencies) that includes 117 color photos and a CD of field recordings of traditional music. You can check out the trailer below the Sun Araw track.

Finally, on Sunday night sound artist and recent Chicago transplant Nicholas Szczepanik makes his local debut at the Empty Bottle, kicking off a bill that also includes Pelican, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, and Ducktails.

Sun Araw, "Crete":

Staring into the Sun from olivia wyatt on Vimeo.

Oval photo: Constantin Falk

Today's playlist:

Jacám Manricks, Trigonometry (Posi-Tone)
Stian Skagen, The Inward Rising (Prisma)
Timothy Andres, Shy and Mighty (Nonesuch)
Harold López-Nussa Trio, Herencia (World Village)
Lene Grenager, Affinis Suite (+3dB)

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