Chicago Psych Fest: DRMWPN, Unmanned Ship, Dark Fog, Underground Symposium, Matchess Agenda Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Jan. 31, 9 p.m. 2015

In 1958, polymath Bryon Gysin had an epiphany while riding a bus at sunset, when the stroboscopic effect of sunlight hitting his closed eyelids triggered a trance state and psychedelic visions. To duplicate that effect, he and engineer Ian Somerville devised the Dreamachine, a rotating tube with a light inside. DRMWPN (pronounced “dream weapon”) plays music inspired by and intended to accompany the device, which always spins center stage while the group plays. The ensemble’s composition varies from one rare performance (this is its first since 2009) to the next, but its musical template remains constant: a combination of wordless chants and acoustic and amplified stringed instruments generates a fluctuating drone while a drum section holds down an unwavering beat. The lineup for tonight’s show, which closes out the final night of Chicago Psych Fest VI, includes Dan Mohr, Michael Zerang, Adam Vida, Jim Dorling, Jim Becker, Sam Wagster, Dan Schneider, Mahjabeen Karim, Plastic Crimewave, and Adam Krakow. —Bill Meyer

Price: $10, $25 three-day pass

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