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Tue Feb 27th ADULT. [Mute Records: Detroit] + HIDE [Dais Records: Chicago] + Death Instinct @ Brillobox

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Tuesday February 27th 2018
tcrps prsnts + Illusions bring you

a dark evening of live electronic
+ human performance by

ADULT. [Mute/Third Man Records: Detroit] https://www.facebook.com/adultperiod/

on tour with

HIDE [Joyful Noise/Dais Records: Chicago] 
https://www.facebook.com/hidefromhide/

plus

DEATH INSTINCT [Pittsburgh] https://deathinstinct.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/_DEATHINSTINCT_/

before and in-between sounds by CUTUPS
https://soundcloud.com/cutups/sets/illusions

21+

$15 in advance via brownpapertickets

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3201551

$17 at the door

doors open: 8:30pm
first act: 9:15pm

BRILLOBOX
4104 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
USA

More info on the performers

ADULT. is the Detroit duo Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller. They played their first lives show together in Germany in 1997 under the name Artificial Material. In early ’98 they released their first 12″ under the moniker Plasma Co. Later that year, they released their first 12″ under the name ADULT. Currently, they have released 5 albums and 19 EPs or singles on Ghostly International, Thrill Jockey, Clone Records and on their own label Ersatz Audio, (which currently has over 40 releases since ’95) They have remixed over 20 acts as well, including Tuxedomoon, John Foxx, Death In Vegas and Pet Shop Boys (for Moog Music). Before forming ADULT., Miller was half of the band Le Car.

Kuperus and Miller also make sculpture, paintings, films, photographs, performances, videos and installations. They strive to intersect the lines between art and audio. They have exhibited their work at institutions such as the Austrian Cultural Forum (NY), Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit), MOMAS (Saitama, Japan), and Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac (FR). They have shown their film The Three Grace(s) triptych at places such as Anthology Film Archives (NY), Distrital Film Festival (Mexico City), and Grey Area for Art and Technology (SF). — discogs

HIDE

Since Hide’s inception in 2014, the duo of Heather Gabel and multi-instrumentalist Seth Sher has steadily released a single demo approximately once a year, often confronting hard-hitting topics such as societal power dynamics and gender-based discrimination (the group’s 2017 Black Flame EP is dedicated to Reyhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman executed for killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her). 2018 will mean an entirely new focus for the pair as they will welcome their debut LP in early spring via DAIS Records (Youth Code, Drab Majesty, et al). Prepare to be pulled down a dimly lit path of danceable industrial rhythms, thundering sawtooth bass lines and noisy synthesizer swells, with pied piper Gabel leading the way. — Revolver

DEATH INSTINCT

A three-piece post punk and shoegaze group formed in 2015. For fans of Chameleons, A Place to Bury Strangers, Soft Moon, Bauhaus, and Ministry.

MIX – Cutups – ILLUSIONS XIV “Accursed Monolith”

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ILLUSIONS XIV
“Accursed Monolith”

Fourteenth mix in the #ILLUSIONS mix series,
Recorded on an icy grey day in january 2017
mixed by cutups

blackened techno, technoid industrial, noisy ebm

More info:
www.facebook.com/illvsions
hauntedshit.com/events/illusions/
blog.cutupsmethod.com

tracklist
ricardo donoso – vesperum
l’enfant de la foret – flowers of flesh and bones
kareem & huren – ritual sonore
in the mouth of the wolf – need of angels
mitchell goor – the self destructive
low entropy – chamber of echo
black rain & shapednoise – interceptor (miles ramen reshape)
ancient methods – when all is said and done
room 506 – red embers
james ruskin – what falls to the ground
orphx – sever the signal
ansome – blackwater
black smith craft – the end of everything (rory st john remix)
umwelt – world shatters
nhk yx koyxen – y
jasss – gates to nowhere
ngly – jessica abra los ojos
an-i & musumeci – harry batasuna (an-i edit)
schwefelgelb – balancier dich
phase fatale – grain (silent servent remix)
headless horseman – sanctuary
rrose – arc unknown
sverca – skirt
ligovskoi – dilip (antigone & franciois x remix)
these hidden hands – ivy (lakker remix)
vatican shadow – delusory parasitosis (remix)
shalt – hypermalthusian vip
herd – arteater

MIX – Cutups – ILLUSIONS XI – The Breaking Wheel

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breakingwheel

CUTUPS – ILLUSIONS XI
Eleventh mix in the #ILLUSIONS mix series,
Part one of a special two part set for Halloween 2015
mixed by cutups

haunting atmospheres, synth wave, witch house, giallo disco and black techno

More info: hauntedshit.com/events/illusions/

Tracklist:
#Disasterpeace – Old Maid
Theologian – Candidate
John Carpenter – Vortex (Silent Servant remix)
WLDV – Cassiopeia
Fraunhofer Diffration – Let Me Go
H0rd – Deliverance
Power Glove – Motorcycle Cop
Blanck Mass – Double Cross
Buio Mondo – Omicidio Sotto Le Luci Al Neon
Nightcrawler – Macabre Serenade (OGRE remix)
The Hunt – Angoisse
Creeper – Phantom Power
Void Vision – Sour (Vanzetti & Sacco Remix)
Chelsea Wolfe – The Warden (Maceo Plex remix)
Guardian – Thirst (single edit)
Ortrotasce – Lost Love
Miss Kitten & The Hacker – Leather FOrever
Dimentia – Human Sacrifice
Sendai – Inverse Array 1
Blush Response – Fenix
Talker – Frame Capture
Bourbonese Qualk – Lies (Ancient Methods edit)
Veil of Light – In Ruins
Lebanon Hanover – The Crater
Shaddah Tuum – Merkabah
Kuedo – Boundary Regulation
Carpenter Brut – Invasion A. D.
The Hunt – Brain Test
Headless Horseman – Blood Drop
Boan – Freak Snake
Alessandro Parisi – Calamitas Calamitarum
High-Functioning Flesh – Touch Oblivion Icon
Nine Inch Nails – Down in It
Gost – Cascade

Tue Aug 11th ILLUSIONS presents XANDER HARRIS (Austin), FLATLINER (Holodeck), KMFD + @ Spirit Lodge

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tuesday august 11th

I L L U S I O N S

presents a night of cyberpunk & synthwave music

with live sets from

XANDER HARRIS
[not not fun / austin] urban gothic dark psychedelic synth
https://xanderharris.bandcamp.com/
http://iamxanderharris.tumblr.com/

FLATLINER
[holodeck / austin] live hardware synthwave
https://www.facebook.com/flatlineratx
https://holodeckrecords.bandcamp.com/album/black-medicine-hd025

and

KMFD
[pittsburgh] https://www.facebook.com/KKMMFFDD

plus selections for replicants by ILLUSIONS djs

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.

downstairs at SPIRIT LODGE 242 51st St Pittsburgh
8PM door. 21+. $5

About XANDER HARRIS
Harris is an electronic artist providing a growing balance between tense atmospherics, italo camp and psychedelic flair. His exploration of Giallo sounds landed his well-received debut “Urban Gothic” on Fact Magazine’s Best 50 LPs of 2011 list. The last year has found the native Texan equipped with a diverse discography and live performances that have taken him across the world.

About FLATLINER
Out of the rich and thriving electronic community of Austin, TX, Flatliner has at last surfaced from the shadows of obscurity with the duo’s debut EP Black Medicine. Inspired by the entrenched ethos of live-hardware sequencing cultivated within the local electronic establishment, Flatliner fully embraces and embellishes the marriage of modern gear with vintage tones. Jesse Strait and Adam Fangsrud have expertly honed their dance-based sonic dystopia using a formidable collection of high-end studio equipment and hoards of rare synthesizers. As a result, Flatliner’s debut is a testament to Strait and Fangsrud’s uncompromising production standards, transforming volumes of expansive studio experimentation into an ominous yet seductive euphoria.xanderharris-web

MIX – Cutups – ILLUSIONS IX [2013]

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ILLUSIONS IX – Halloween 2013 edition

I intend to make a “halloween” mix every year, but this year I finally got the timing right.
Dedicated to the things that keep me up all night.

If you’re in pittsburgh, check out our halloween night event:
www.facebook.com/events/1393908000846855

tracklist
abelcain – canto v
black swan – part viii
lustmord – grigori
svarte greiner – last light
treachery – inception
the haxan cloak – excavation (part 2)
gesaffelstein – opr
vector sector – the zeta city slasher
psyche – the saint became a lush
tropic of cancer – court of devotion
river bones – apatride
blvck ceiling – the devil rides out
gatekeeper – optimus maximus
skinny puppy – deadlines (400 blows remix)
brotman & short – white gloves
pendle coven – exigen
aftermath – doomsday
halfmassed x reptilian – lone
sidewalks & skeletons – future ghosts
ex-machina – night of the rottweiler iv (main theme)
silent servant – utopian disaster (end)
bombardier – leviathan
necro deathmort – kingdom
solve – svovel
these hidden hands – diesel
djdedjotronic – abyssal zone
special request – ride (special request remix)
blvck – sanctuary
machine code – the shadow
headphone activist – the last of us
strange vip – funeral at skyland mountain
strange vip – when i die
juliana barwick – labyrinthine
m83 – car chase terror

Sat Mar 21st MELD dark music showcase w/ Church Fire & Morlox (live), + djs A. Grey, Cutups, Kelly A, Erica Scary & TFS @ Cattivo

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Join us for three club nights in one!

ILLUSIONS, Obsidian, and Second Skin are teaming up to present a mix of IDM, darkwave, and death rock, melted into one evening to form something stronger.

8-9 – DJ A.Grey (Second Skin)
9-10 – DJ Cutups (Illusions)
10-11 – Illusions presents bands: Morlox and Church Fire
11-12 – DJ KellyA (Obsidian)
12-1 – DJ Erica Scary (Second Skin)
1-2 – DJ TFS (Obsidian)

$5, 21+, Lower Level of Cattivo, Non-smoking

MIX – Cutups – Illusions X [2015]

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CUTUPS – ILLUSIONS X

Tenth mix in the ILLUSIONS mix series.
mixed by cutups

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.

More info: hauntedshit.com/events/illusions/

Tracklist:
diamanda galas – the litanies of satan
mahr – seven pillars of the dweller
lakker – mountain divide
black rain – xibalba road metamorph
synthamesk – evil
cyphr – sirena
dark0 – mako march
slasher dave – half past midnight
nostalgic fantasy – angels of the night
dispondant – ghost mechanism
house of black lanterns – you, me, metropolis
red army – creature dub
post no bill – whatever
source direct – stonekiller
killing sound – $ixx harmonie$ version
creeper – winter intervals
gesaffelstein – hellifornia
ice cube & dr dre – natural born killaz
survive – parousia
vt – bludgeoned
saddest boy alive – 自殺
the hunt – the abomination
perturbator – i am the night
lust for youth – new boys
white car – in the second month of the year
oake – sehtohree diin chromtas vehn
lorn – oxbow b
the stranger – past is past

Sun July 27th ILLUSIONS Dark Entries showcase w/ Bézier, RedRedRed, Max+Mara + DJs @ Brillobox

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sunday july 27th

ILLUSIONS presents
Dark Entries 5th Anniversary label tour

with live sets from
dark, synthesizer based acts

BÉZIER
https://www.facebook.com/beziermusic

REDREDRED
https://www.facebook.com/REDREDRED000

MAX+MARA
https://www.facebook.com/maxandmara

plus A/V selections from
CUTUPS
EDGAR UM
TELLA
& VANECK

9PM sharp
$7 cover
at Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave

More info

Dark Entries Records
http://www.darkentriesrecords.com/

Bezier
https://www.facebook.com/beziermusic


Bézier is the moniker of all-live-analog electronic wizard Robert Yang from San Francisco. Enchanted by the Cybernetic Broadcasting System (CBS), Robert started DJing as Robot Hustle, joining the Honey Soundsystem collective in 2007. Robert writes hooks, patterns and melodies in an automatic, stream of consciousness fashion. Memory and nostalgia play a big part in constructing his music.

RedRedRed
https://www.facebook.com/REDREDRED000

Dark Entries is proud to introduce the debut album by REDREDRED, a contemporary artist from San Francisco. Michael Wood, formerly of duo Primary Colors, began this project in 2012, taking inspiration from Front 242, Einsturzende
Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle, Nietzsche and Sartre. Wood utilizes a simple setup of vintage analog synthesizers and drum machines, and records them on reel-to-reel.

Max+Mara
https://www.facebook.com/maxandmara

Collaboration of Mara (Group Rhoda) and Max (Brotman and Short), debut ‘Less Ness‘ out on Dark Entries Records

This collaboration began in 2012. Max is based in Oakland and has been a part of various projects most notably Brotman and Short and his current solo work as Business Etiquette. Mara is based in San Francisco and is known for her solo work as Group Rhoda

On “Less Ness” they worked with a hardware set up: 808 and Elektron drum machine, Moog, MAM, and Sequential Circuits synth with splashes of Mono/Poly and collage elements, vocoder lines and dubbed out vocals. They step away from the the computer as much as possible and prefer that their ideas can be traced back to the tools so that a sense of physicality remains. They find inspiration from all kinds of far out sounds, most notably dub, industrial, and various drug culture tangents. Lyrically the songs revolve around topics such as escapism, looking though cultural windows, and character role development. Some songs are a bit more surrealist in content with elements of hard realism and critical commentary.

ILLUSIONS
is a reoccurring night featuring live acts and djs touching on the darker side. a mix of live acts, djs, video, and installation, we try to feature 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.
curated by cutups, edgar um, telladictorian and vaneck.

ILLUSIONS

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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.

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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

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.

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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:

You can stay up to date via:

https://www.facebook.com/illvsions

http://hauntedshit.com/events/illusions/

Cutups & Telladictorian

Cutups & Telladictorian