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Music Around Town


When: Fri., March 9 2012

Morphosis’ What Have We Learned was one of the best techno albums of 2011. Much credit goes to producer Rabih Beaini’s ability to reaffirm the music’s core parameters while also challenging them. The crunchy snares, hissing hi-hats, metallic hand claps, and deep-space bass pay tribute to Detroit techno and the robotic funk for which it’s revered. The same can be said of Beaini’s classic synthesizer sounds and how their stylishly celestial vibrations echo the science-fiction theology of Juan Atkins and Jeff Mills. Where What Have We Learned turns iconoclastic is on the macro level. Breaking free from techno’s long-established reliance on loops and sequencing, Beaini constructs tracks that are sprawling and wondrously complex, like mazes whose pathways and walls are in a perpetual state of recombination. It’s a quality that recalls the intricate nature of vintage prog-rock and free jazz. Little surprise, since Beaini counts cosmic jazz innovator and philosopher Sun Ra among his biggest influences. With Container. 10 p.m. Tickets: $10, $5 in advance. – Justin Farrar