The Orb

PopGun Presents

The Orb

Logan Takahashi, TankTop NYC

Nov 03

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

Elsewhere - Hall

Brooklyn, NY

$25 / $30

This event is 16 and over

The Orb
The Orb
Long-running UK electronic group, originally formed by Jimmy Cauty (of The KLF) and Alex Paterson in 1988, that grew out of a love of ambient music and dub, soundscapes and science fiction. Due to the early work in this style, The Orb became pioneers of the early-90's-born "ambient house" genre. The group's lineup has shifted over the years, with Alex being the only consistent member. Notable members include Thrash and Thomas Fehlmann. Though he was never officially a member, Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) was instrumental throughout the group's existence, and co-owned the label WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings with Alex (they had known each other since they were young, and Alex was a roadie for the group Killing Joke, in which Youth played bass).
Logan Takahashi
Logan Takahashi
Like many classically trained musicians, Logan Takahashi didn’t take the techniques he learned at Oberlin Conservatory as gospel. He bent them until they broke, then reshaped all those errant rhythms, melodies, and timbres into an entirely new language while developing widescreen dance tracks in the Brooklyn duo Teengirl Fantasy. Over the past seven years, Takahashi and his former college-mate/fellow producer (Nick Weiss) have released acclaimed records on such respected labels as True Panther Sounds and R&S, collaborated with Kelela, Laurel Halo, and Panda Bear, and scored a Blade Runner-inspired Fashion Week collection for Opening Ceremony.

They’ve been very busy, in other words. So busy, in fact, that Takahashi just finished his first solo album. I started a lot of these tracks as a way to zoom in more closely on some of the musical ideas I was exploring with TGF. When you’re working collaboratively you have to let go a little bit to leave certain things open-ended, when

you’re working by yourself you take responsibility for every sound.

It’s hard not to notice every last detail with a template as tight as NoGeo; built on the minimal backbone of an Elektron Monomachine and named after the cross-cultural compositions of Ryuichi Sakamoto, the album is alien yet aliveborderless beats with real blood coursing through its veins. No wonder why one track (“Rekr”) explores the idea that computers are made with organic material like metal, crystals, and magnets.

“I’ve always been drawn to music that exists in grey areas,” says Takahashi. “From Japan’s Neo Geo genre in the late ‘80s to Brooklyn’s tabletop electronics scene in the early ‘00s, I’ve always been inspired by the notion of subverting vocabularies and creating new ones.”

With one record down and more new music on the way, you might need a translator to make sense of it all. Or you could just let the tracks speak for themselves. Takahashi certainly has.
TankTop NYC
TankTop NYC
Venue Information:
Elsewhere - Hall
599 Johnson Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11237
http://www.elsewherebrooklyn.com/