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Urban dub hits Detroit

Dub is a music of the imagination, blurring boundaries of fact and fiction with overloaded echoes of sounds that never existed and bass so impossibly deep and warm that from this studio creation emerges a music that is simultaneously technical and purely organic. Taking the concepts of dub and putting them in an urban context, Stefan Burke aka Pole and the other artists on his ~scape label provide the sound track to the decay of the modern city with bearable structures of warmth and seamless boundaries wherein the imagination can flourish. With this sound, Pole has made a major impact the last few years with records on Matador, Kiff SM, Basic Channel-offshoot DIN and his own ~scape.

Now Pole brings the urban dub sound with some of ~scape’s finest artists to the center of decay in Detroit, detroit contemporary. Performing alongside Pole will be New Zealand’s Burnt Friedman and Berlin’s Jan Jelling (aka Farben on Klang, Gramm on ~scape). Presented in addition to the digital crackling, melodica harmonies and sublime grooves will be the visual art of Visomat, long known in the Berlin scene as innovators. They will be focusing on images of East Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a center of socialist architecture which is about to be torn down and rebuilt. This will be combined with surveillance camera shots of the musicians at work, giving a view of what is usually secret — their hands and computer screens. The show is being presented by Sharif’s Mearsk-Music (hot on the heels of his Miss Kitten and the Hacker production) on Wed. Oct. 18 at detroit conteporary, 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit. Call 313-898-4ART. More info on Pole and this tour at the artist's Web site.

Temple Thursdays

Free parties can’t be beat, especially when they have great sound. I’m glad to say it’s become a tradition at Temple to have free admission on Thursdays every week. In addition to successful Transmat biweeklies, Tim Price of mono productions is starting up on the alternating Thursdays. The first big mono party is a night with Planet E, this Thursday, Oct. 12, featuring a special four-hour DJ set by Carl Craig in support of his latest CD, Designer Music. Craig just got back from his show with Giant Step in NYC where Moodyman made his New York debut, performing live. The show is 21+ at Temple, 344 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale (call 248-414-7400). Also join Craig a few doors down at Record Time (262 W. Nine Mile Rd. — call 248-336-8463) at 7:30 p.m. for an in-store meet-and-greet and record-defacing party — he’ll sign your Carl Craig sides, including the remixes this time only. And for those suffering from ennui, you can hear him on WDET-FM 101.9, on “The Judy Adams Show” the same day at 10 a.m.

Transmat’s next night at the Temple is Oct 19, featuring Kelvin Larkin, Hannah and Magda.

New sounds at Motor

Another installment in the Research & Development series hit Motor last Thursday, Oct. 5, this one focusing on the destruction of the hip-hop beat and messed-up noise in general. This edition featured German IDM superstars Funkstorung and everybody’s favorite, Venezuelan-born California electronic noise-freak Kid 606 (you gotta hear his version of “Straight Outta Compton” on V/vm). The night also featured Pluramon and Datach’i.

In further exploration of sound, Tadd Mullinix, a 21-year-old new artist from Ann Arbor, takes on the likes of Funkstorung with his debut album, Winking Makes a Face, a set that effortlessly combines the schools of IDM and the classical wing of Minimalism (Philip Glass, Steve Reich, etc.) with excellent results. The label releasing this, Ghostly International, will be presenting a party for its release with David Alvarado, Matthew Dear and Tadd reuniting with the Dubplate Pressure crew, Carlos Souffront and Todd Osborn, in the study. This night will be part of “Departure,” with Liz Copeland and Clark Warner, in the newly redecorated lounge on Saturday, Oct. 14. 21+ at Motor, 3515 Caniff, Hamtramck. Call 313-369-0090 or check www.motordetroit.com.

Pitch’d is MT’s biweekly column devoted to Detroit’s BPM musiculture. E-mail to bmg@monkey.org

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