Ahmir “QUESTLOVE” Thompson (THE ROOTS) returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with an all-star mash-up that celebrates pioneering works of electronic music. From the press release:
The production’s title references the first electronic synthesizer created exclusively for the composition and performance of music. Created by composer-technologist Raymond Scott, the Electronium was designed but never released for distribution; the one remaining machine is undergoing restoration. Complemented by interactive lighting and aural mash-ups, the music of Electronium: The Future Was Then honors the legacy of The Electronium in a production that celebrates both digital and live music interplay.TICKETS & DETAILS: here
R&B singer-producer Tom Krell (How to Dress Well), avant-R&B outfit Sonnymoon, beatboxer Rahzel, guitarist Kirk Douglas (The Roots), DJ-composer Jeremy Ellis, and conductor Andrew Cyr & Metropolis Ensemble join Grammy Award winner Questlove to sample and deconstruct seminal recordings by everyone from RAYMOND SCOTT and Bob Moog, to Stevie Wonder and George Clinton, into a feverishly modern new playlist. Old-school blips and beeps, sine waves, and analog synth solos mix with live vocals and contemporary electronics in this ecstatic riff on the analog revolution that paved the way for our music today.