Posted in dance | music | pictures on October 26, 2011

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Amon Tobin @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Amon Tobin

Nightclub lasers and lights are one thing. These days, electronic music visuals are on a whole other level. Artists have upped the production ante on their live shows, taking the DJ set out of the club and into the venue...

But perhaps the most ambitious of this year's traveling visual circuses is Amon Tobin's ISAM, a fully HD, 3-D mapping experience that brings Tobin's experimental electronic album of the same name to subtly stunning life.

"Comparisons could be made to Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, who make electronic music and surround themselves with technology as they perform," says Tobin, who brings the "ISAM Live" show to the Congress Theater on Friday. "But unlike that, ISAM doesn't focus on making people dance. It's not a DJ set where you're raving; it's a much more cinematic experience, and is more closely guided by a narrative, how the visuals and music work together."

The show features a shape-shifting DJ booth/art installation. Washes of color, shapes and video images stream over the structure, triggered by Tobin in a storyboard mapped to the music in real time...

"Whether people are into my stuff or not, they come to the show and have an awesome experience regardless," he says. "And then the hope is that there'll be some people who get more curious about the record itself." -[Chicago Sun Times]

Amon Tobin brought his ISAM live performance/light show to Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night (10/25), the first of THREE sold out dates at the venue. Emika supports Tobin on all three nights, but won't join him at MoogFest 2011 in North Carolina, his last US date before heading overseas to play the UK. All dates and more pictures and some video from the impressive Brooklyn spectacle, below...

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Amon Tobin ISAM - Brooklyn, NY - Oct. 25, 2011



AMON TOBIN - 2011 TOUR DATES
10/26/11 Brooklyn Masonic Temple w/Emika Brooklyn NY
10/27/11 Brooklyn Masonic Temple w/Emika Brooklyn NY
10/29/11 Moogfest Festival Pass Only Asheville NC
11/23/11 HMV Forum London UK
11/24/11 HMV Forum London UK

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Comments (32)

jesus, that looks pretty insane.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 2:41 PM

now, THAT is the kind of shit you pay top dollar to see.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 2:42 PM

im so pumped for this tonight - i just wish it was at a better spot

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 2:44 PM

Anyone know when he hit the stage last night?

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 2:46 PM

now THAT was some next level shit. The envelope has officially been pushed, electronic producers.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 2:54 PM

Last night ran a little late. Amon came on at 9:40 and played for 1.5 hours. The soundsystem was insane and certainly tested the Temple's structural integrity!

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 2:56 PM

it was not before 9.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 2:57 PM

Was it packed? Best spot to see the show?

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:04 PM

Wow...instant headache. I like it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:07 PM

don't forget your portable vaporizor!

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:08 PM

3Delicious

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:10 PM

Amon is awesome. Why did I miss this?!?!

Speaking of good music though, and going back to the late '90s, not 90s or '90s. when my main man Tobin was beginning, today I'm listening to Peace Orchestra. It was a solo project from producer Peter Kruder, probably known to ya'll as one half of Kruder & Dorfmeister. It's got a big ol' Band-Aid on the cover. (Kiddies, make sure you cap Band-Aid since it's a brand name for Johnson & Johnson's line of adhesive bandages.) Ya heard? Word.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:11 PM

@3:04- Seats in the center of the balcony.
@3:11- Peace Orchestra is excellent even if you're arriving to the party a wee bit late. Better late than never tho.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:18 PM

Best seats are in the snack bar eating hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:20 PM

better spot? BMT is an awesome place to see a show

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:44 PM

what if i have to get the baby carrots out of my butt for the hummus...where can i do that

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:54 PM

He came on around 9:40. The place was not too crowded, but I feel like the best view would probably be a little further back on the ground.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 4:03 PM

please keep this burning man shit in blackrock city.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 4:29 PM

this was an amazing show. the seats upstairs filled up within minutes, which sucked because the show didn't start till much later. we started on the far side balcony, but view was blocked by the speakers, so moved down to the bottom of the stairs next to the t-shirt vendor, actually a great view from there. within minutes of it starting, i was thinking 'we need drugs!'
just a great trippy show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 5:07 PM

someone find me some shrooms, please

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 5:16 PM

any securities?! im going to get really stoned tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 5:41 PM

looks awesome. i'd get nauseous though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 7:58 PM

I was leaning on a bass cabinet. that was pretty incredible. and the visuals were rad from there, though I bet from further back you get the full visual effect. I wouldn't give up what I got from the suub ssuuuubb ssuubb woofferr.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2011 12:03 AM

smoke weed

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2011 12:07 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded with advice on where to stand. Tonight is going to be awesome.

Posted by Dan | October 27, 2011 8:01 AM

I thought the coolest part of the ISAM experience was when it had the image of the food processor mashing up the chickpeas. That was pretty sick.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2011 12:15 PM

This is what artists and musicians should strive for when presenting a live stage show. Unforgettable spectacle.

"Today I'm listening to Peace Orchestra. It was a solo project from producer Peter Kruder, probably known to ya'll as one half of Kruder & Dorfmeister. It's got a big ol' Band-Aid on the cover."

I've got a copy of this! Phenomenal record.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | October 27, 2011 3:58 PM

fuck yeah!!

Posted by holyshi | October 27, 2011 5:44 PM

I mean, I love Amon, and obv the audio show is spectacular, but has he completely abandoned all forms of melody in his music? ISAM was pretty unlistenable,and most of this show just sounds cacophonous (big word ftw!)


And I don't think I've ever seen this much positivity in the comments section. hah.

Posted by Stephen Whitfield | October 28, 2011 11:51 AM

Last night ran a little late. Amon came on at 9:40 and played for 1.5 hours. The soundsystem was insane and certainly tested the Temple's structural integrity!

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 11:46 AM

Sorry folks, but it looks like Just Isn't Music/Ninja Tune swung their banhammer and claimed infringement on 2 of my 3 videos, including the awesome 8-minute vid.

Doucheasses. I'd rather not give them free promotion anyway if they're gonna pull this sh!t.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 2:13 PM

do I ever wish I could see this live

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 7:54 PM

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