If day four of Together proved one thing, it’s that Bostonians don’t always have to turn to far off lands when looking for boundary-pushing approaches to music, art, and technology. Wednesday featured impressive acts, lectures, and installations from at home and abroad, creating. The result? A synthesis of talent right here in Boston.
The day started with a discussion on Reinforcing Sound For Event Spaces, featuring Blake Courtney and Nick Binary from Sonic Beating. Attendees learned all about how popular electronic music venues across the city set up and calibrate their sound systems, giving those at the event a better idea of how to enhance their own sound systems whenever and wherever they play. Courtney and Binary followed up their discussion with a bonus walkthrough dissecting a subwoofer and explaining its parts. Because how can you maximize a sound system if you don’t really know how it works?
Over at the Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge, the guys behind the Your Heaven® Close-Up® Mic System demonstrated how to properly capture sound from acoustic instruments using their mics and accompanying computer programs. Mmmmaven instructor Mitchell Owens jumped in at the end of the demonstration to show off how he uses Your Haven® to record acoustic guitar parts directly in Ableton. Attendees listened and watched in amazement as Owens came up with an impressive instrumental track (thanks in part to Your Haven®) right on the spot.
Together showed its support for the local music scene with two events last night. Lsyten played host to a Mmmmaven showcase at the Middle East Corner. Students from the production and DJ school’s synthesis program wowed concertgoers with their collective musical talents, showcasing a wide variety of influences from all across the world of electronic music.
The second big show of support for Boston music came by way of a Together partnership with Clicky Clicky Music Blog. The two joined forces to showcase underground acts st. nothing, All talk, and Auva over at Lilypad. From string samples on loop to jam band components and sweet synth pop, this first night of Together x Clicky Clicky was nothing but a success. The crowd came early and stayed until the very end, dancing and swaying together as Boston beats (and only the faintest smell of spilled beer) filled the room.
As the night kicked into high gear, festival goers were given the daunting task of choosing between two impressive duos from out of town. Thugfucker turned The Phoenix Landing into a veritable underground rave thanks to their deep, pounding mix. And Scottish techno royalty Optimo graced the decks at Middlesex Lounge, bringing many attendees as close as they’ll ever get to the days of wild parties and deep sets at techno haven Pure.
For festival goers looking to step out of Cambridge, Non-Event hosted a special performance for Together at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Featuring sound installations by France Jobin and Tim Feeney, the performance challenged listeners to reconsider how they distinguish fine art from music and vice versa.
Things got funky at Wonder Bar as the Zebbler Encanti Experience paired psychedelic visuals and music together perfectly. The lineup was rounded out with equally mind-bending acts Moduloktopus, Sky Society, and Eflorem.
With four days of dancing and learning and talking behind us, the time to slow down is definitely not now. Make sure to catch at least one of tonight’s great shows. Whether you’re looking forward to the east coast debut of the drum and bass trio Ivy Lab, the kawaii beats of Giraffage, more local talent with another Clicky Clicky night, or another show entirely, there’s something on today’s lineup for you.