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June 20, 2012 at 8:05 AM

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Truckasauras' 'Bothell Trance,' Barboza concert June 28

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"Bothell Trance" by Truckasauras


Truckasauras, the great Eastside/Seattle electronic band, has long split the difference between danceable party jams and more scholarly, conceptual music. New, legitimately epic song "Bothell Trance" is the latter. People are calling it Truckasauras' best song ever. They are not crazy. It's a real beauty, consisting of mathematically-organized synthesizers that cluster and stab like acupuncture.

"Bothell Trance" was recorded for London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, which is in the middle of a season focused on sound. The Truck track is part of the 100-artist "Soundworks" exhibit, inspired by Bruce Nauman's audio installation "Days." Both play through speakers in the museum now. But "Soundworks" also exists fully on the Internet, right here.

For all the brain-tickling, chin-stroking qualities of "Bothell Trance" I would still like to hear it on the dance floor. Ideally it would blast through Barboza's high-powered speakers Thursday, June 28, while Truckasauras plays music and local company Sausage Skateboards shows videos. Learn more about that event here.

Listen to "Bothell Trance" above and check out a visual key to the song. Confused? Read Truckasauras' explanation below:

'Bothell Trance' is a 60 count form that explores the relationship between the 2, 3, 4, and 5 count. Voiced by three monophonic voices and one polyphonic voice. Each count has it's own pitch and timbre and variations are derived from the common events the different counts share, patterns that emerge when visually represented, and the order in which the events occur. The variations are discovered and then arranged in an attempt to achieve musical elements. Harmonics, form, progression. Theme, rest, return. Lose, build momentum. Create, fill space. Producing dynamics through patterns of events that are within the confines of a static measurement and speed. The arrangement is circular.


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