Philadelphia experimental musician Chris Madak (who until recently performed and recorded as Bee Mask
) is one of the most creatively restless denizens of the underground electronic scene
, using each new record to expose a different facet of his protean personality. In the past he’s explored ominous drones, drifty space music, and shape-shifting multipartite compositions with relatively concrete melodies and rhythms, all of it made with analog synthesizers. The detail-rich pieces on 2012’s When We Were Eating Unripe Pears
(Spectrum Spools), Madak’s most recent full-length, make dynamic use of silence and scale as they collide isolation-tank wooziness with an insistently throbbing pulse; aqueous gurgling, aspirated whooshes, acidic splatters, and glassy shimmers tumble and glide over driving post-Tangerine Dream grooves. On the Vaporwave
12-inch (Room40), also from 2012, he opts for long-form excursions with stronger melodic content and a gentler palette that includes haunting, wordless female vocals. —Peter Margasak RSVP at chrismadak.eventbrite.com.