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Pluramon, Kid-606


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Pluramon, aka German sound artist Marcus Schmickler, is no one-click pony. Under the monikers Wabi Sabi and Sator Rotas and as a member of the abstract electronics orchestra Mimeo, he's established himself as a laptop auteur with sweeping range. On the recent Sator Rotas (A-Musik), for instance, he organized swirls, gurgles, and clouds of sound into an amorphous but perpetually surprising electronic symphony. But his work as Pluramon takes the form of a propulsive, groovy modern Krautrock. On 1998's Render Bandits (Mille Plateaux), some distinguished guests--including Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars and Can percussionist Jaki Liebezeit--joined him in stretching shimmering electric-guitar chords, sine wave squeals, electronic squiggles, and various unidentifiable digibits over a framework of thunderous drumming. (On a recent remix, Bit Sand Riders, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Scottish indie rockers Mogwai, Japanese noise master Merzbow, and the High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan and Dominic Murcott took the same root sounds in a mind-boggling variety of directions.) Onstage Pluramon will assemble (and reassemble, and scramble) electric guitar and electronics over the live drumming of Jochen Rueckert. On the same bill is San Diego electronics artist Michael Trost Depedro, whose work as Kid-606 has usually aspired to chaos. On the recent Down With the Scene (Ipecac), he piled on distorted breakbeats, machine-gun clatter, broken modem handshakes, vocal fragments, and ring modulation to construct more than an hour of nonstop claustrophobia-inducing mayhem--and with titles like "Luke Vibert Can Kiss My Indie-Punk Whiteboy Ass" and "Two Fingers in the Air Anarchy Style," it's obvious that he means to be obnoxious. So the music on his brand-new PS I Love You (Mille Plateaux)--a beautiful strain of low-key, measured ambience that doesn't seem intent on mocking everything around it--comes as a pleasant surprise. Opening the show is Datach'i, aka New Yorker Joseph Fraioli, whose two albums on Caipirinha echo some of Kid-606's twitchy electroconfusion and the Rephlex Records crew's geek humor but lack the diversity and sophistication of either. Saturday, 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.


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