Ever since Kraftwerk, the gridded and synthetic qualities of electronic music have been used to evoke cityscapes.
LERATA -- the Laboratory for Experimentation and Research in Art, Technology and Architecture -- has been taking that association literally over the week. They're hosting Skyline, a series of events in downtown L.A. designed to spur multidisciplinary thinking about the ways in which music interacts with urban infrastructure.
If that all sounds a bit academic, the music has been surprisingly cutting-edge and a lot of fun. Last Thursday's bill at Exchange L.A. featured long and very danceable sets from the eerie analog experimentalists Soft Metals and the punk-vet-gone-house-weirdo Magic Touch.
The bills continue through the weekend, with the Chicago ambient-drone composer Ken Camden playing Thursday inside "Evaporative Fault," a site-specific Fashion District installation by architects John and Elizabeth Umbanhower. The live music closes out Friday with the multi-genre laptop experimentalist Strategy playing at the
There's a lot of highbrow theory there about how urban spaces interact with art and the mind. But if you're just in pursuit of a tripped-out weekend of experimental music, Skyline is your kind of town.