AEMCON Taps Into Pulse Of Global Electronic Music Community

LongWalkShortDock | Photo by Vasho Pekar

The fourth annual Alberta Electronic Music Conference (AEMCON) descends on Calgary’s world-class music museum, the National Music Centre (NMC) this month with an exciting program for local electronic music producers, selectors, and fans. The information-packed day schedule gives pass-holders access to 60+ technical workshops, showcases, panels, mixers, and artist talks, while the nightlife is filled with fun and dancing at a dozen or so venues around town.

More than 150 artists and speakers will share their ideas and talent during the week-long electronic music smorgasbord. This year, a new flagship brand for the National Music Centre, NMC: ON, intersects with AEMCON to bring global electronic music to Calgary via special performances and artist talks focused on digging deep into the art and culture of the wide-ranging DJ world.

To make sense of the sprawling conference schedule, BeatRoute has highlighted five of the hottest tickets during AEMCON to check out.

Friday, Nov. 15
NMC ON: After Hours
Tix: $40 or included with AEMCON pass
Location: Studio Bell (850 4 St SE)

Headlined by Los Angeles beatmaker Daedelus, and joined by Montreal multi-instrumentalist Ouri, eclectic house and disco selector Dane, Toronto-based experimental electronic performer Korea Town Acid, and The Funk Hunters’ Nick Middleton as The Outlier, After Hours is a favourite nightlife event at AEMCON that kicks off the weekend festivities of the festival. The entire National Music Centre will be transformed from museum to club with multiple stages, bars, and vibes spread over five floors.

Saturday, Nov. 16
NMC ON: Buchla Masterclass with Suzanne Ciani
Tix: Included with admission to Studio Bell or AEMCON Pass
Location: Studio Bell (850 4 St SE)

Suzanne Ciani shares her intimate knowledge of the Buchla 200 synthesizer in an in-depth lecture on the instrument. The workshop will include quadraphonic demonstration, which involves four independent signals channelled from speakers in surround sound. A ground-breaking composer, musician and sound designer for the better part of half a century, Ciani has been referred to as the “Diva of the Diode” and a synth hero.

Saturday, Nov. 16
403DNB & AEMCON present BREAK (UK/Symmetry Recordings)
Tix: $20 early bird, $25 advance or included with AEMCON Pass
Location: Dickens Pub (1000 9 Ave SW)

The long-awaited Calgary debut for UK producer Break offers an easy style of Drum ‘n’ Bass that can be enjoyed by anyone, from mild dabblers to hardcore junglists alike. With crisp, clean melodies layered over hard-hitting bass, laced with mood-lifting vocals, Break is one of the genre’s most prolific DJs.

Photo: Banana Cam Photo

Saturday, Nov. 16
AEMCON: LongWalkShortDock and RIM Visuals presented by Oscill8 and Bass Turtle Productions
Tix: $20 early bird, $25 advance or included with AEMCON Pass
Location: Junction (628 8 Ave SW)

Attending a performance by LongWalkShortDock is a little like watching a mad scientist in his evil lair through a keyhole in the door. His eclectic combination of stacked melodies, aggressive synths and heavy drums speaks to his unique approach to sound design and penchant for invigorating live performance. Peel back the wires with LWSD in a not-to-be-missed workshop prior to the show.

Sunday, Nov. 17
AEMCON: Join The Future book launch
Tix: Free
Location: Central Library (800 3 St SE

Longtime writer for Knowledge Magazine, Colin Steven has launched Velocity Press to specialize in non-fiction publications about the culture of electronic music. The debut publication is Join The Future by author Matt Anniss. Join Steven and Anniss in a discussion about bleep techno and the previously untold story of British dance music’s first sub-bass revolution.