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When: Sat., Sept. 8, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $25
Brazilian-born DJ and producer Amon Tobin began his career in the late 90s on the artsier fringes of the electronic-music scene, mixing rhythmic ideas borrowed from drum 'n' bass with elements of hip-hop, modern jazz, samba, film music, and seemingly anything else he could get his hands on. Since then his work has grown progressively more abstract, which has only made him better suited to his side gig as a soundtrack composer—his score to the 2005 video game Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory would stand up fine as an album of its own. Lately, on 2007's Foley Room and last year's ISAM (both released by Ninja Tune), he's been playing around with field recordings and found sounds manipulated far beyond recognition and assembled into structures that don't seem to follow any extant stylistic rule books; it's probably the best work he's ever done. "Piece of Paper" begins with clicks and booms that at first blush sound almost arrhythmic, then slowly transitions into delicately flittering, tremolo-­effected tone clusters before introducing choral pads and a whole new set of clicks and booms moving in their own intensely tweaked patterns. It sounds like an ascension to heaven refracted through electronic free jazz, and it all happens in two minutes and 40 seconds. Tobin's current live setup is at least as ambitious as his music: it consists of stage-filling stacks of cubes and boxes covered with projection-­mapped computer-­generated images that move in time to the sound, like a bigger and far more trippier iTunes visualizer in three dimensions. —Miles Raymer

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