The Lab and Minimal Wave Records
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An unprecedented two day event bringing together key figures in minimal synth and minimal electronics.

Saturday, July 27th

Veronica Vasicka // Minimal Wave
Founded by Veronica Vasicka in 2005, Minimal Wave has done the invaluable work of historical recovery, unearthing an entire subgenre for a new generation. Emerging from the brief postpunk moment of the late 1970s and early 1980s and created by a loose network of like-minded musicians in home studios scattered across Europe, Minimal Wave found the impulses of the early avant-gardes reanimated with help of analog synths.

Juan Mendez // Silent Servant (Official)
Central American born Silent Servant has performed worldwide in clubs from LA, Berlin to Osaka. A chance meeting with Karl O’Conner in 1999 would establish a friendship that would open the door to the Sandwell District label in 2006. Silent Servant’s sound is a reinterpretation of early ‘80s post-punk electronics, paired with the deep, metallic sounds of Basic Channel and Downwards.

Josh Cheon // Dark Entries Records
Dark Entries was born in the spring of 2009 to release out of print and unreleased synth-driven music as well as contemporary bands referencing that sound. A project of Josh Cheon, a vinyl-focused DJ and collector, Dark Entries takes great care in preserving sound quality and respecting the aesthetics of its artists. All of their releases are in limited runs, hand numbered and sometimes stamped, a carry over from the DIY days of the 1980s independent record labels.

Alessandro Adriani // Mannequin (Label + Mailorder)
Alessandro Adriani was born and raised in Rome, Italy and in 2008 he launched Mannequin Records and has been focused on that ever since. Aside from the label, he was producing tracks in his own Mannequin studio.

Live performance by

/// Streetwalker ///
Streetwalker is a collaboration between Chicago residents Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer. Together the duo sync machine rhythms of the mid-west with the avant-garde of early European electronics to make a uniquely dirty thump. An accosting mix of 808 kicks, deep-fried basslines, splattering synth gurgles and yelps of zeal.

Booths with curated selections from Minimal Wave Records, Dark Entries records and Mannequin Records.

Live Visuals by
Caitlin Denny

/// Hosts Marcella Faustini, Justin Anastasi, and Veronica Vasicka have assembled an extremely rare two day gathering of performers and record labels to showcase the different facets of the minimal synth and minimal electronics movement, placing them side by side to create an aural and visual map of an evolving subgenre as a whole. ///

Sunday, July 28th


Mathew Dryhurst + Holly Herndon//

Elon Katz + Beau Wanzer // (White Car/Mutant Beat Dance)

Brian Hock (C.L.A.W.S)

Justin Anastasi + Nihar Bhatt // Surface Tension

Rachel Aiello // TWITCH

Kerri Lebon // Replicant

Booths with curated selections from Minimal Wave Records, Dark Entries records and Mannequin Records.

Film program curated by Marcella Faustini, Anthony Discenza and David Kasprzak