Hieroglyphic Being Brings Outer-orbit Dance Music to EMPAC Studio 1

Troy, NY — On Friday, September 8, Chicago-based electronic musician Hieroglyphic Being will play an extended set at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Known for his prolific output, shapeshifting persona, and highly experimental approach to house music, the DJ and synth artist is committed to the mystical power of dance music to move bodies and expand minds.

Hieroglyphic Being is one of many monikers for performer Jamal Moss, who also runs the record label Mathematics. Others include Sun God, IAMTHATIAM, and Africans with Mainframes, each identity capturing a different facet of the artist’s prolific multi-decade output. Referring to his sound as “cosmic bebop,” “rhythmic cubism,” and “synth expressionism,” Moss blends the hypnotic, driving pulse of Chicago house music with the expanded palette of experimental electronics. The result is raw, visceral, and transportive, deliberately working its way beneath the cognitive mind to access deeper human experiences and energies.

Consciously following in the Afrofuturist tradition, Moss joined forces with Sun Ra Arkestra bandleader Marshall Allen in 2015 to form the J.I.T.U Ahn-Sahm-Buhl, blending electronic beats with avant-jazz voyages on the record We Are Not the First. As Pitchfork has said, “When it comes to techno’s outer limits, there are dabblers, there are explorers, and then there’s Hieroglyphic Being.”

At EMPAC, Hieroglyphic Being will perform an expanded two-hour set on turntables and electronics.

For more information, please visit empac.rpi.edu.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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