July 13
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Fans of instrumental synth and contemporary electronic music will not want to miss one of summer’s most exciting bills featuring bands encompassing the genre.

Returning to Pittsburgh after their local debut at the 2013 VIA Music & New Media Festival (who are co-presenting the show with TCRPS), FORMA is currently on an East Coast tour with select dates at festivals and venues. Based in Brooklyn, the critically acclaimed trio released their latest 10-track album, OFF/ON, on Spectrum Spools (Editions Mego) in 2012.

Described as “cosmic synth explorers” who “merge propulsive Krautrock with hypnotic drones to create cyclical, mutative soundscapes above a torrent of live drum machines,” FORMA’s current lineup features musicians and artists Mark Dwinell, John Also Bennett and George Bennett, and has previously included Sophie Lam.

The group’s 2011 self-titled debut album drew praise from leading UK-based avant garde music magazine, The Wire. Their immersive performances, which incorporate the use of vintage keyboards, blend improvised electronic music, live sequencing, drum programming, ambient and melodic soundscapes, synthesis techniques of the 70s and 80s and contemporary experimental house and noise elements.

Rounding out the bill’s cosmic soundscapes are Pittsburgh-based musicians Chase Smith and KMFD.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.