UK Techno Experimentalist Actress Performs his AZD Live Set at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Friday, October 20, UK techno experimentalist Actress will perform his AZD live set at EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The show will begin at 9PM with Swedish DJ Toxe making her first American appearance.

One of the most stylistically elusive figures in UK electronic music, Darren Jordan Cunningham has been releasing music under the name Actress since 2004. Mixing club-ready techno with dark ambient and experimental sensibilities, Actress has built a catalog of iconic and genre-defying albums on Ninja Tune and Warp while headlining shows at the world’s dance-music proving grounds, such as the Barbican Center and Berghain Berlin.

In April he released AZD, an album appealing in dystopic directions toward both his club and avant-garde sensibilities. Built around the visual metaphor of chrome, the record reflects and refracts influences of Detroit techno, UK bass, the Blade Runner soundtrack, Balinese Gamelan, Afrofuturist art, and features a collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Part of the AZD project is an expanded live show that integrates a wide range of MIDI and synthesizer technologies into one intelligent musical instrument that Cunningham calls “the music vitamin of the Metropolis.”

Opening the show is Toxe—AKA Tove Agélii—the Swedish producer who arrives at EMPAC for her first American performance. The Stockholm-based DJ is quickly becoming known for her aggressive beats and anything-goes mixes.

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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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