- Dave Vann
This Thursday Indianapolis will pass another milestone in putting our city on the map for cutting edge entertainment in the Midwest. The bass-crazed, laser-infatuated minds behind IndyMojo.com and G9 Collective will once again present authentic live West Coast electronic music at The Mousetrap. Traveling all the way from San Francisco, CA; Andrei Olenev (a.k.a. Heyoka) will bring a truly unique experience of “relentless basslines, hip hop rhythms, and dub vibes within an atmosphere of heavy psychedelia and alien dimensions”. What seems like an over-the-top description from the famous dubstep DJ’s website is actually not all that far off. Check out this track from his Soundcloud page, creatively tagged as “alien_puke_core_step”
Heyoka’s music is unquestionably centered in glitch, a subset of electronic and breakbeat music that exploits sonic artifacts, defined by Wikipedia as “material that is accidental or unwanted, resulting from the editing or manipulation of a sound”. In slight contrast to the famous West Coast group The Glitch Mob (whose music focuses on the formation of spacey, abstract soundscapes and dark, mystic melodies), Heyoka intricately blends and manipulates bleeps, beeps, quirks, twists, buzzes, and rings; these are the foundation for his mind-bending works of art.
Heyoka’s impressive list of past achievements and performances (including five sets at Burning Man 2010, as well as one EP release and three full albums of original production) can only hint at the state of intensity and chaos that The Mousetrap will experience this week. It’s almost as if this installment of Altered Thurzday is what it’s all been building up to since the weekly event’s launch last fall: all remaining sets of the night will be played by Altered residents Hollow Point, Psynapse, and Kodama; Herm Productions will deliver (as per usual) a staggering light show of colors and effects; dancers of all forms will crawl out of the woodwork, lured by their attraction to powerful bass music; and hoops and poi’s will fill the air with dazzling, blinking lights.
You might want to go ahead and put in a PTO request with your employer for Friday; you're gonna need it.