Just what is electronic music, anyway? That phrase typically connotes electronic dance music, your techno/electro/electronica, untz-untz-untz and all that. The mostly annual LovEvolution festival calls itself a celebration of "electronic music culture," and we here at All Shook Down described the not-actually-in-the-city I Love This City Festival as featuring "electronic artists." That's all completely valid, and we love it, but that's not all there is to the fire of electronic music, either.
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Ever since 2000, the annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival has offered a different kind of electronic music experience, one which is simultaneously more straightforward and more abstract than the other events, with a primary focus on "independent artists whose innovative aesthetics challenge academic and commercial standards." This isn't the electronic music of DJ Tiesto at Shoreline, but instead harkens back to a more basic form, to John Cale testing the sonic limits of the Vox Continental organ in a chilly New York apartment in the 1960s.
So, where the other festivals are electronic dance music, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival is electronic experimental music, what the founders call "sound art." As an added bonus, you get to sit down, and the restrooms are clean and easily accessible. More »