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Don’t Miss a Live Floating Points Set on Thursday at Brooklyn Steel

April 11th, 2017

Floating Points is the brainchild of Sam Shepherd, the Manchester, England, electronic musician with a Ph.D. in neuroscience and epigenetics. I guess contributing to just one emerging field wasn’t enough for him. Without knowing enough to say anything about his scientific output, his musical output is undoubtedly advancing electronic music into new areas, blowing up the formula in a similar way that free jazz disrupted the jazz formula. It’s a demanding sound for a full band to play live: Shepherd’s big on throwing his music into warp speed until it practically dissolves into chaotic synthesized noise, before reining it back into its familiar beat. Some numbers go back and forth a few times, and when a song settles down, you’ll be reminded of from where it evolved. Other tracks feature impressive reverb-drenched guitar solos reminiscent of David Gilmour, and spaced-out thoughts will be inevitable as your mind is blown to bits, both visually and musically. Thankfully, there will be a neuroscientist in the house to put everything back together again when Floating Points (above, performing “Silhouettes” live for KEXP FM) plays Brooklyn Steel on Thursday night. Okay Kaya and JFDR open the show. —Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks

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Floating Points Blow Minds at The Bowery Ballroom

May 13th, 2016

Floating Points – The Bowery Ballroom – May 12, 2016

Floating Points – The Bowery Ballroom – May 12, 2016
Floating Points is the brainchild of Sam Shepherd, the Manchester, England, electronic musician with a Ph.D. in neuroscience and epigenetics. I guess contributing to just one emerging field wasn’t enough for him. Without knowing enough to say anything about his scientific output, his musical output is undoubtedly advancing electronic music into new areas, blowing up the formula in a similar way that free jazz disrupted the jazz formula. Shepherd brought along a whole band with him to perform for two sold-out New York City shows—last night at The Bowery Ballroom and tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

It’s a demanding sound for a full band to play live: Shepherd’s big on throwing his music into warp speed until it practically dissolves into chaotic synthesized noise, before reining it back into its familiar beat. Some numbers went back and forth a few times, and when a song settled down, you were reminded of from where it evolved. It made for some heavy lifting for the drummer. At points during “Silhouettes (I, II, III),” the fill-heavy drumming sat somewhere between a long solo and a complex driving beat and went on for a long time, allowing Shepherd to hammer down on his synths in an all out bleep-bloop blitz.

Other songs featured impressive reverb-drenched guitar solos reminiscent of David Gilmour. Set against a backdrop of white lasers circling into geometric patterns, the spaced-out thoughts were inevitable as your mind was blown to bits, both visually and musically. Thankfully, there was a neuroscientist in the house to put everything back together again. —Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks

Photos courtesy of Charles Steinberg | charlesosteinberg.com