Off the Stage with Shawn Rudiman


The Great American Techno Festival is around the corner which means, techno producers and hardware enthusiasts from all over the country grace Denver with their performances, with them this year is Shawn Rudiman.

We will be hosting Shawn Rudiman for an Off The Stage series Monday, October 12th, 7-9pm in our Black Box.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register here.

Topics of discussion include:

  • The Integration of hardware, ideas and people to create electronic dance floor groove-scapes.
  • How to read a crowd so as to be responsive during a performance, and the technical, adaptive avenues that allow for the immediate exchange.
  • The idea and theory of reactive electronic dance music as a performance and not a playback.
  • A hands on, behind the scenes, cockpit view and “guest piloting” of the performance set up for attendees.

About Shawn Rudiman:

In 1989, Shawn Rudiman started production work with Ed Vargo as part of the seminal Industrial group T.H.D. (Total Harmonic Distortion). This EBM/Elektro unit became quite popular in the EBM/Industrial music scene unnamed (1)of the early to mid 90’s. They released 4 full-length albums, countless remixes and compilation releases on both European and domestic labels. During these formative years, Shawn developed a fascination with vintage music machines. In 1997, he decided to stray from his Industrial-EBM roots to explore the depths of pure rhythm and sounds in Techno music.

Rudiman’s all live sets of non-stop, improvised techno became his trademark. His innate understanding of hardware drum machines, sequencers, samplers and synthesizers gave his performances the fluidity and smoothness of any DJ set, but entirely flexible in direction and tempo (well before the introduction of software live applications). These performances gained international attention throughout the Techno community and became the stuff of legend. Today he resides in the Midwest, still releasing records and remixes. Always a consummate studio enthusiast, Shawn maintains, repairs and builds analog and vintage synthesizers while keeping a busy international touring schedule.

Shawn will be performing at the EKO House this coming Friday along with Sassmouth and Jeff Derringer.

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