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In this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees for DJ/Electronic, one of these things was not like the other: DJ Merritt, DJ Jayson Gould, DJ Wild in the Streets, DJ Whiz T...and Tree Wave. That's right--only one (one!) nominee fell under the "electronic" category: Tree Wave, the duo of Paul Slocum and Lauren Gray, who coax ever-engaging pop music out of outdated computer and video-game hardware. After the nominations came out, Slocum e-mailed to ask that next year, electronic music receive its own category. "These are the more cutting-edge music categories and are important to the arts scene and Dallas's image as a source for innovative work," he wrote. Hmm. True dat.
Electronic artists may or may not get their own category, but in the meantime, Slocum is putting his money where his e-mail is: He has started printf(), an organization whose goal is to encourage the electronic music scene in Dallas. "After seeing all this great new media stuff going on [in Europe and New York], it's frustrating to live in a city that has a good art scene and nice museums but almost no support for new media art--especially when our lives are affected so heavily by technology," Slocum writes by e-mail. printf() has applied for nonprofit status and will coordinate with the Austin Museum of Digital Art and Houston's Aurora Picture Show to help book electronic artists to perform, lecture and exhibit in Dallas.
The first show is Thursday, May 19, featuring the French laptop trio DAT Politics. The band's video "This Way" is a kooky, hysterically head-bobbing piece of glitch-skronk that mixes live action and animation. Let's put it this way: The video's recurring images include beetles and someone dancing in a green dinosaur costume. The band plays, along with Tree Wave, at the Casket Factory, the smaller building immediately south of the South Side on Lamar building. Tickets are $8 and available pre-sale at Good Records. The show starts at 9 p.m. See treewave.com for more details.
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