Dublab and fellow Masses artists united for the annual Tonalism festival which took place on March 6 at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, as part of the school’s Reed Arts Week 2010. Ambient music heads loaded up the station wagon for a West Coast road trip of Kerouacian proportions.
Bands on hand for the free all-night event included Portland’s own excellently placid Grouper and drone-steeped Dublab super-group Golden Hits, among others. DJ sets came from the usual characters mostly — ‘lab founders Ale and Frosty, along with Jimmy Tamborello (Postal Service/Dntel/James Figurine) to name a few — and trippy visuals were provided in part by The Masses director/artist Matt Amato, Diego Herrera, & Benjamin Kutsko with local color (nyuk nyuk) provided by the Oregon Painting Society.
Though Tonalism has been slowly working its way up the coast, with last year’s sleepy shindig going down at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, its origins are decidedly Southland.
Dublab offers intrepid travelers a chance to “dream to deep drones and space waves in a stunning surround sound/sight environment.”
Reported by LA WEEKLY