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Container Brings His Noise-Techno Hybrid to #MakeItNew

Noise is a genre defined by heavy distortion, fuzzy sounds, improvisation, a disregard for traditional harmony and rhythm, and the use of unconventional instruments. Techno, on the other hand, is typically crisp and clear, relying on repetitive 4/4 rhythms and industry standard drum machines and synths.

What do you get when you combine the two? Container — the latest musical project from Providence-based Ren Schofield. Previously a noise artist performing under the name God Willing, Schofield discovered an interest in techno in recent years and began his foray into a genre with a structure markedly unique to what he was creating before.

Still, his background in noise seeps through, and what for him might be a natural progression of his taste is for us an interesting experiment in a hybrid form of electronic music. He says,

“Part of the reason I never got into techno is because it sounds too smooth and glossy, like it was made on a laptop. I like things raw and kind of sloppy. I like things when they’re not perfect.”

Think of his music as a cacophony of gritty noise prescribed with a pulsating techno rhythm, cutting like razors across the dance floor. His live sets have been described as a “hybrid mosh pit/rave” that creates an ecstatic chaos within the audience.

This Thursday, don’t miss the opportunity to witness Container’s innovative set. This is also the official after party event for A Song for Echo, the V-e-l-l-u-m curated collaboration between Mmmmaven artist and world-renowned producer Ricardo Donoso and New York via Denmark’s own revered performance artist Julie Nymann. Everyone with a ticket stub from that remarkable event will be given free entry up until 11pm.

See you then!

MAKE IT NEW WITH CONTAINER
ALAN MANZI AND JOHN BARERA
+ CORALCOLA W/ SPECIAL OPENING SET
Thursday, September 26
Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave., Cambridge
9pm/21+/$5

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