++ I be playing Friday night from 2-3am @ the Cosmic Café stage, throwing down deep acid techno to shake the spirits of the Callaghan ++

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ION STORM broadcasts interstellar techno, future house & offworld ambient from the vaults of TOBIAS.DJ. Prepare your space voyage with occult sounds drawn from 20+ years as a technoculture catalyst and turntablist. The mission — to invade consensus reality with an all-out assault of alien frequencies. Some sex in zero gravity included. Occasional interplanetary guests from the technosphere and label [ ].


1 Maybe I’ll drive back into these weird holes. Hunter S. Thompson The Gonzo Tapes: More Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (Disc Three)
2 Keep Thorough (Iron Galaxy Remix) Locked Groove Keep Thorough EP [TURBO 147]
3 Michigan Ride Technasia Heart Of Flesh [CADENZA 78]
4 Let It Snow Martin Landsky Ekko Traxx [POKER FLAT 138]
5 Subliminal Warp Drive Traversable Wormhole Traversable Wormhole Vol 6-10 [CLR CD012]
6 Lustration Tree (Atlantic) Mike Parker Lustrations [PROLOGUE LP 04]
7 Early Glow Marcel Fengler Playground / Early Glow [OSTGUT TON 09]
8 Metal Works Ben Sims & Kirk Degiorgio Machine Theme [MACHINE 001]
9 Present Hypersurface Traversable Wormhole Traversable Wormhole Vol 6-10 [CLR CD012]
10 Dormancy Survivors Lucy, Silent Servant History Survivors [MOTE-EVOLVER 034]
11 lifesigns pt. 1 Johannes Heil Lifesigns EP [FIGURE 044]
12 Freeze Tobias. Freeze [OSTGUT TON057]
13 Waterfall (Birth) Rrose Waterfall Variations [EAUX 491]
14 Translation One Marcel Dettmann Translation EP [OSTGUT TON 052]
15 Mico Jonas Kopp Ruda EP [CURLE 029]
16 Roses (Terranova Mix) Michael Mayer Mantasy Remixe 3 [KOMPAKT 273]
17 Evolution (Samuel L Session Calling D Mix) Mikael Jonasson Evolution [PHOBIQ 013]
18 Proteus 81 Jonas Kopp Reforce [DEEPLY ROOTED HOUSE 040]
19 Program 1 (Len Faki DJ-Edit) JPLS DJ-Edits Volume 2 [FIGURE 45]
20 No Body (Machinedrum Remix) Barker & Baumecker Remixes [OSTGUT TON]
21 Atavistic Resurgence The Black Dog Tranklements [DUST SCIENCE 038]
22 Any Other Rework Touch EP [VISIONQUEST 029]
23 Black Technician (UR Mad Mike Remix) Robert Hood Black Technician (UR Mad Mike Remixes) [MUSIC MAN 167]
24 Looking Ahead Architectural Berghain 06 [OSTGUT TON CD23]
25 OAR003-A Oni Ayhun OAR 003
26 Mekong Delta Len Faki Rainbow Delta / Mekong Delta [OSTGUT TON 04]
27 25 Hours DJ Hyperactive 25 Hours [DROID 017]

ION STORM 007: live @ DELIVERANCE (1997)

ION STORM (007): live @ DELIVERANCE (1997)

++ pulled from a pile of tapes, this be my live set from DELIVERANCE, 17 July 1997 : an outdoor renegade thrown by D & D of X-Max Productions, up on the plateau, west of Nanaimo, BC, on Vancouver Island. also on the bill that night: dub gnostic, Peaches aka Amtrak, and Kultcha.

++ the name of the night well-reflected its namesake in film, as rednecks showed up on ATVs, lights blinding the entranced ravers. we had some luvin’ beer set aside for the occasion, and took care of their cultural estrangement in short order. by the time I came on to play, sometime in the deep of the night, bangin’ acieed seemed appropriate, with a resounding, never-to-be-repeated trance finish as we approached sunrise (this was the only time I ever played out such trance records … my guilty pleasures).

++ many memories from this night: driving up a potholed and water-barred logging road in my trusty Honda Civic proved to be something of a challenge. we loaded all the records up front, but even that wasn’t enough, so DJ Lunatech opted to jog part of the way./// the soundsystem was the first homebuilt iteration from Dave, and the limiter settings meant that the breakdowns would pop louder than the bass. but it was also the first encounter with what would become the de facto Shrüm Tribe soundsystem …

++ last but not least, if you can help identify a few of the tracks, I’d be grateful. I trainspotted what I could, but I appear to be missing a few records from my collection, and/or have sold a bulk of the trance material …


CJ Bolland – The Prophet – The Analogue Theatre LP – Internal 13 (1996)
Robert Armani – VII Chapter LP – Chicago Style 002 (1997)
Chris Liberator – System Test EP – Smitten 10 (1997)
DJ Hyperactive – RX Tribe – Planet of Drums 08 (1997)
DJ Rush – Maniac – Djax-Up-Beats 279 (1997)
Twister – Paradoxical Paradigms – Nitric (1996)
Set Up System – Fairy Dust (1997 Remixes) – Nitric (1997)
??? – (breathing) – ???
Hallucinogen – Space Pussy EP – Dragonfly Records 37 (1996)
DJ Misjah & Tim – ASD – X-Trax 015 (1997)
DJ Misjah – Psyko Feelings – X-Trax 017 (1996)
Taucher – Waters – Liquid 004 (1997)
Art of Trance – Kaleidoscope – Platipus Records 27 (1997)
Terra Ferma – Floating/The Scream – Platipus Records 21 (1996)

the last three trance tracks are mixed in by Paul Kultcha (I left them in as they’re on the tape), though I don’t know what they are:
??? – ??? – ???
??? – ??? – ???
??? – ??? – ???

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ION STORM broadcasts interstellar techno, future house & offworld ambient from the vaults of TOBIAS.DJ. Prepare your space voyage with occult sounds drawn from 20+ years as a technoculture catalyst and turntablist. The mission — to invade consensus reality with an all-out assault of alien frequencies. Some sex in zero gravity included. Occasional interplanetary guests from the technosphere and label [ ].

Safety Scissors Live & In His Socks

live & in his socks


SATURDAY MAY 4th 2013 | $15 @ DOOR

It has been many years since Vancouver was shaken sideays by the quirky deep house of Safety Scissors. A man before his time, he influenced the modern house & nu-disco sound of Berlin. With acclaimed albums on PLUG RESEARCH and Pole’s ~SCAPE, he blends his own strange but sexy brand of naked soul, singing LIVE with elements of post-pop, dub house and glitch techno. He calls it “dork electronic.” We call it awesome. We welcome him back to the rainy city for the Canadian premiere of his new album on Ellen Allien’s BPITCH CONTROL, IN A MANNER OF SLEEPING.

BPitch Control | Berlin / NYC

* LIVE & in his socks 12:00-1:30AM *

Surrounded by the likes of Kit Clayton, Sutekh, Twerk, Silent Servant, Kid 606, and Matmos, Matthew Patterson Curry was a key collaborator of the San Francisco experimental electronic scene from the late ’90s onward. In May of 2000 at the very first MUTEK festival in Montreal, he debuted his live approach to future house music, singing quirky phrases overtop glitch and dub rhythms. The dub-tinged technopop was culled into the PLUG RESEARCH album PARTS WATER which was hailed as a pioneering exploration of sub-pop songwriting with experimental techno.

Subsequent worldwide touring and invitations to well respected festivals soon followed, leading him to his obligatory Berlin stint. With TAINTED LUNCH, his second full length album on Pole’s ~SCAPE label, he strayed further from his initial techno roots, defining his own brand of “dork pop”, enlisting musical comrades Kevin Blechdom, Francoise Cactus (Stereo Total), and Erlend Øye. He also has lent his talents for numerous remixes, including Matmos, Sketch Show featuring Yellow Magic Orchestra, and indie bands Grizzly Bear and Architecture In Helskinki.

During all this he also founded his PROPTRONIX label, releasing acclaimed acts like My Robot Friend and the Pigeon Funk project with SUTEKH.

With thirst for growth he relocated to New York in 2010. His third album, IN A MANNER OF SLEEPING, is forthcoming in MAY 2013 on Ellen Allien’s BPITCH CONTROL, and arises out of an extended period of recording silence. Besides the standard love and identity fare it covers themes of writer’s block, sloth, perseverance, happenstance, infinity, and relativity.

Transmat, Dirty Works, Rebirth | Vancouver / Tokyo

* on the decks 1:30-2:30AM *

Rennie Foster has been a well respected figure in the Canadian music and art community since he was just a teenager. He influenced many as an early pioneer of the Hip-Hop / B-Boy movement and later the House Music and Techno / Rave scene.

Rennie Foster has released with Detroit labels such as Motech, Soiree, Subject Detroit, Wallshaker, Teknotika and classic techno labels like F-Communicatios, Monoid, and Synewave. He has remixed artists such as Swayzak, DJ Bone, Alain Ho, Juan Atkins and has been remixed by the likes of James Zabiela, Kiki, Mark Broom, Claude Young, and Rodriguez Jr. His tracks appear on mix CDs by Kevin Saunderson, Trentmoller and Derrick May. He was consistently ranked in the top 50 DJs in Japan by LOUD Magazine and has played venues all across Japan and in cities from New York to Paris and Frankfurt.

Rennie is most recognized for his underground anthem “Devil’s Water” released from Rebirth Records and has been featured several times in publications like DJ Magazine UK, Mixer, Mixmag, and XLR8R. His recent hit collaboration with MC Moka Only “Connect Like Four” was remixed by Samuel L. Session, Uner and members of Cobblestone Jazz and was the most charted track on Resident Advisor for April, 2011. He also had a hit in 2011 with “Savior” featuring the late Detroit legend Aaron Carl on vocals and a massive remix by Coyu and Edu Imbernon. Rennie’s tracks are often found in a diverse group of well known DJs sets from Sasha, Pete Tong and James Holden to Derrick May, Laurent Garnier and Dave Clarke.

Currently, Rennie is working on an EP for Thoughtless Music, collaborating with House Of Ninja NYC and remixing rave legends Altern-8 — amongst many other things.

IO Sound | Whistler / Montreal

* on the decks 10:45-12:00AM *

As a co-founder of the technoWest network with Dub Gnostic, tobias was one of the first to book Safety Scissors (and Sutekh) outside of San Francisco, bringing them in for the <ST-C> event CYDONIA in 1999, followed by an infamous shakedown at the Video-In with Loscil in 2002. For details from that era, check:

Hailing from the West Coast technoculture, tobias has dj’ed warehouse raves to logging road occupations, art galleries to festivals, from Montreal to Amsterdam, Barcelona to Berlin, playing festivals worldwide including MUTEK, the New Forms Festival, Sonic Acts, MEG, and Bass Coast. DJing since 1993, tobias’ style is marked by the cut-up & non-linear mixing styles of 3-deck future techno and house, from the Afrofuturist sounds of Detroit techno and electro to 21st century minimal and dub. He can be heard on the mixshow ION STORM every second Tuesday:

Tobias has released four albums of experimental electronic music and space techno, working with Tomas Phillips, Katherine Kline, Martijn Comes, and Richard Chartier, as the offworld director of experimental electronic and space techno label IO SOUND []. From 2002–2008 he was Concept Engineer at the Society for Art and Technology (SAT) in Montreal, where he curated technology arts events and exhibitions []. He has likewise thrown numerous underground events as founding member of the shock surrealist outfit <ST> [], hosted three radio shows with CiTR 101.9FM, and held DJ residencies in several cities worldwide.

DERadio, DE Kollektiv | Vancouver
(also my brithday!!)

* on the decks 9:00-10:45PM *

As far back as he can remember Marc Gerrard has been surrounded by quality music. Born in Southport, England (it’s grim up north) he comes from one of the most prolific musical countries on the planet and thus brought with him an appetite for music unique to the English.

After his first concert experience of seeing the Jackson 5 (reunion tour) at the impressionable age of 10, he has since undergone an evolution that has taken him through britpop, indie, funk and into electronic music where now as a DJ he combines the best of all his experience and has developed a virtuosity with his ability to blend the organic with the electronic, traversing genres and taking his listeners on unpredictable yet soulful musical journeys.

After playing out around the city at various venues and festivals, M. Gerrard met Major Tom whereby they quickly developed a kinship through their similar musical proclivities for blending the organic with the electronic. They most recently teamed up to form the DE Kollektiv where with their sound, they strive to explore the boundaries of genre and craft while pushing what defines electronic music. But through all this they always remember and maintain the core value of connecting with their audience by providing a memorable musical experience