The Bunker with Randomer, Romans, Wata Igarashi, Resom, Chris SSG, Bhish at Good Room
September 15, 2017
The Bunker with Randomer, Romans, Wata Igarashi, Resom, Chris SSG, Bhish at Good Room 98 Meserole Avenue 21+, 10p-6a
$10-15 advance, free for The Bunker Drip members with RSVP (https://drip.kickstarter.com/thebunkerny/posts/4591)
For more than a decade, The Bunker New York has been a nexus point for the transnational techno community. A chance meeting at The Bunker in 2011 brought together Gunnar Haslam and Johannes Auvinen (also known as Tin Man), who became fast friends and collaborators soon after, conceiving a joint project called Romans. The Bunker New York is proud to present Romans' Ambulare Aude, a collection of atmospheric acid techno tracks following the project's debut on Auvinen's own Global A in 2014.
"The Roman theme opens a world to explore beyond both of our past endeavours," says Auvinen, explaining the conceptual genesis of the collaboration. "In the same way Ennio Morricone may have conceived the 'Spaghetti Western' genre by fusing together various contemporary motifs and moods to conjure the spirit of a past era, we're imagining stories and scenes from the Roman era, trying to manifest narratives while celebrating the distortions we see looking through the murky lens of time." And while Morricone may be a conceptual reference point for Romans, their sound is anything but—instead offering up a pair of murky, psychedelic acid-etched cuts (Emona, Delmenium) buffered by a gradually unfolding up-tempo floor-burner (Coptos).
The record is the result of several extended improvisational jam sessions in Vienna and Brooklyn in which both artists would play off of each other in the studio. Accordingly, each of the three tracks have a slight aleatory air about them, as though both artists are being led down an unforeseen musical path, not entirely certain of where it leads. This culminates in Delmenium, the record's B-side, a true techno journey, featuring an emotional, metallic synthesizer coruscating against a melancholy background.
"I like to think what we make sounds simultaneously like both of us and neither of us. We both push each other in different ways," Haslam says, recounting their production process. Auvinen adds that "[Collaboration] offers a chance to hear from someone else's perspective. Working with others, I'm often reminded of how radically different the way people hear things, and relate to them in a musical context, can be.""AMBULARE AUDE" EP (THE BUNKER NEW YORK 012)
Wata Igarashi has quickly emerged as one of Japan’s leading DJs and producers. He has been exploring the deeper side of techno through well-received EPs on Midgar, The Bunker NY, and DJ Nobu’s Bitta label, as well as standout tracks on compilations on Semantica and Time to Express. By day, Igarashi works as a sound producer and the skills he has developed through his work are reflected in his productions, which are distinguished by their subtle and carefully polished feel. Igarashi pursues a similar sound in his DJ sets, developing a distinctive take on the more trippy and psychedelic brand of techno Japan has become known for.SOUNDCLOUD
resom is a vinyl dj moving between releases in electronic music and her musical socialization. musically there are some words to describe her sound:
organic deep atmospheric energetic dark sad happy pop giving not taking honest transparency
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Chris SSG is best known as the co-founder of the now defunct MNML SSGS blog, recognized as a leading source of critical insight on electronic music. In recent years, he has moved from the online world into the Tokyo techno scene. He is the organizer of a series of MNML SSGS events, and is a resident at the semi-regular Sound Garden chill out parties. As a DJ, Chris SSG eschews standard dancefloor music, instead focusing on a range of sounds from ambient, experimental, kosmische through to more abstract forms of techno. He has DJ’d at many major Tokyo clubs, including Unit, Air, Dommune, Galaxy, and SuperDeluxe, as well as at the FREEDOMMUNE and Rural festivals. His podcast for the New York based ‘Mysteries of the Deep’ series was included in Clubbing Spain’s top 10 mixes of 2014, and his podcast for Rob Booth’s ‘Electronic Exploration’ series was included in That Special Record’s ‘best of 2015’. Chris SSG commenced 2016 by playing in the Elektroakustischer Salon as part of Berghain’s Silvester party.SOUNDCLOUD
Based in Mumbai, India, Bhish is the owner of Regenerate, one of India's premier underground electronic music production companies. An independent promoter, agent, musician and DJ, he is also a partner of the newly founded BLEEP project. He has played at some of Berlin's best clubs including Golden Gate, Ipse, Suicide Circus, Ritter Butzke, Brigit & Bier as well as most clubs in India that currently support House/Acid/Techno. Bhish also co-hosts Regenerate's radio show on FB live called ‘The Box’ whose aim is to promote electronic music artists, frequently featuring guests from the local and international scene. Along with fellow producer CHHABB, Bhish plans to launch his very own label, Elefant Audio, later this year.SOUNDCLOUD
The Bunker is back with our first full nighttime party since our Pride event in June. Randomer is one of our absolute favorite producers, and after being blown away by his set at the last Unter & The Bunker 36 hour party, we couldn't wait to invite him back. The Bunker NY recording artists Romans (aka Tin Man and Gunnar Haslam) bring their live improvised analog acid set. Resom, who we've been trying to get to the US forever, finally joins us. Her edition of The Bunker Podcast last year made it into RA's top 10 mixes of the year. We're very pleased to present the North American debut of our label artist Wata Igarashi, a master of deep psychedelic techno, based in Tokyo. Also from Tokyo, Chris SSG of the legendary mnml.ssgs blog, making his North American debut. And finally, our good friend Bhish, who has been hosting The Bunker events in India, is in town and will also be throwing down for his North American debut.