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arcane.city – a new forum

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Introducing this new forum. It’s intended to be open-topic, moderated, pittsburgh-based (but not exclusively), simple and have modern features.

Feel free to sign up and add to the conversation, and pass on to thoughtful people who are interested in building an active, intelligent forum on topics like music, technology, philosophy, diy culture, daily bullshit, “what’s going on this week”, animated .gifs, wtf moments, movie & tv recommendations, gaming, etc.

I’ve always been a fan of forums, and have been a bit bummed by the death of them generally (really: for a few years). I love the simplicity of this forum, and the people that have been part of it really have and do make it one of the best ones left.

But I’ve also been looking to find something with modern features yet simple, to see if I couldn’t re-spark a new interest, especially among friends and acquaintances who have never been or aren’t part of this forum for some reason.

No clue if it will be able to get traction, but feel free to check it out.


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occult cosmic dance ritual

ILLUSIONS is a night featuring the best of new and classic dark dancefloor sounds occult techno, cosmic disco, post punk, death rock, witch house
minimal wave, shimmering bass, haunted pop, dark alternative, etc.


ILLUSIONS was founded by Greg Vaneck, Nikki Telladictorian and myself back in 2011. We all have been big fans of dark music, both old and new, but for years have lamented that there weren’t really nights that would present the sort of stuff we were most excited for. We did a few one off nights under the Burning Chrome name, which focused more on industrial and noisy stuff, but we wanted to put together something that could contain some of that, but also be accessable and dark at the same time. Thus the ILLUSIONS concept was born, combining touring acts, locals, dj and vj sets. We don’t have a set venue or schedule, but we put them together when good opportunities arise.

Mascara live set at ILLUSIONS

Mascara live set at ILLUSIONS, February 2012

We’ve had a number of great guests including Ritualz, Teeel, Mascara, Rivka, Funerals, Metria, Majeure, Night Terrors, Fogged Out, Hex Weapon, Trogpite, Bestial Mouths, WMX, Soft Metals, Night Sins, Youth Code, Troxum, Shawn Rudiman and Textbeak.   Typically we have one or two guest live acts or djs, plus sets from the residents and original video projects and space design.


Hexweapon Live at Illusions, March 2012

We’ve had editions at Cattivo (downstairs) and Brillobox, and are open to using other spaces that have the right sound and space for the night.


YOUTH CODE LIVE IN PITTSBURGH from Nikki Telladictorian on Vimeo.

Along the way I’ve also created a companion mix series, featuring the flavors of music that we’re spinning and featuring at the night.  You can check out the whole series on mixcloud:

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Cutups & Telladictorian

Cutups & Telladictorian


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Lazercrunk is a monthly night that happens 2nd Fridays at the Brillobox.   Todd Keebs and myself founded it in June of 2008.   The point was to book a mix of new artists who were doing new sounds, but still keeping it fun and unpretentious.   We’ve had a really good run, and we’re always looking to do more.



Some guests we’ve hosted include – Le Moti, Kingdom, Druid CLoak, Myrryrs, Starkey, HxDb, Distal,  Mike Q, Brenmar, Manikan, Deathface, Rizzla, Sinjin Hawke, Dev79, Eprom, Cobra Krames, Wheez-ie, B. Bravo, Clicks & Whistles, Cosmic Revenge, Murderbot, Mochipet, Udachi, B. Rich,  Freddy Todd, Dubbel Dutch, Tomb Crew, Lazersword, Kanji Kinetic, Girltalk, Designer Drugs, Emynd, Oh Snap,  Rrrump, Mathhead, Alias, Egyptrix and more.


In addition to regular guests, we try to do a unique visual set up with a theme, space transformation and a full color lazer rig.   It’s a fun night and never typical.


Got to give lots of due to the Brillobox for hosting us for nearly six years.   It’s a great venue that’s just the right size for us.  They have a kicking sound system, artful decour and a great drink selection.   Non-smoking inside, which is great.   Our night is in the upstairs “club” venue, but there’s also the downstairs which is a more social bar area.


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