Floating Points just put his new album, Crush, on Oct. 18, and as was expected from the polymathic musician with a doctorate in neuroscience, it is nothing less than complex electronic bliss.
Floating Points—whose real name is Sam Shepard—is an artist unbounded by constraints both in the studio and on stage. In the past, he has booked an entire orchestra to perform his music. For the tour of his last album, Elaenia, he alternated between DJ sets, performing with a four-piece band, and a solo live show during which he operated intricate hardware.
For the tour of his upcoming album, it can’t be said whether or not he’ll adopt all the formats listed above at some point, but for now, we know a section of the tour will feature a show most closely related to the last of the aforementioned list. The tour will hit several well-known spots throughout Europe and the U.S.
The video below, which is a music video for the single “Anasickmodular,” displays Shepard at the helm of a studio’s worth of different musical machines. Unlike other live sets of similar nature, viewers can immediately grasp how his movements are actively manipulating the music in a haphazard yet human manner.
Hamil Industries, the production company behind the video had this to say about it:
“Floating Points show is based on the visualization of sound through manipulation of analogic technologies. It will combine light, cameras, and visuals triggered by soundwaves, that in turn modulate themselves, creating loops of image and sound working in perpetual feedback, harmony, and dissonance.”
View the full video and check out Floating Points’ upcoming tour dates below.
Nov. 13 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
Nov. 16 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus – SOLD OUT
Nov. 16 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus – Late Show
Nov. 21 – London @ Printworks
April 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust
April 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust
April 17 – San Francisco, SF @ Gray Area
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