Considered “one of the finest producers of the moment,” London-based electronic musician Lapalux (AKA Stuart Howard) will perform at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on October 6. Known for cinematic electronic dance music that plays to both the body and imagination, Lapalux will depart from his routine club-style set to craft a special audio-visual spectacle in EMPAC’s Studio 1.
Signed to Flying Lotus’ forward-listening label, Brainfeeder, Lapalux has released two full-length records, including 2015’s Lustmore. Inspired by “hypnagogia,” the transitional state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep, the album evokes a liminal world populated by enigmatic characters and plotlines. Stylistically, the music blends elements of R&B and IDM with glitched-out hip-hop beats, woozy synthesizers, and soulful vocal samples, characteristic of the Los Angeles “beat scene.”
Over the past few years, Lapalux has become a mainstay of the international EDM circuit, performing on cluttered festival bills in front of massive crowds. His visit to EMPAC is part of music curator Argeo Ascani’s ongoing effort to lift popular electronic producers out of the commercial mainstream and give them the space, tools, and context to expand their creative vision. Drawing on his interest in cinema and visual source material, Lapalux will be crafting a special audio-visual show for his performance in EMPAC’s black-box Studio 1.
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