Data Garden holding open call for submissions to Force Field Project showcase

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Local label Data Garden has published an open call for submissions to their Force Field Project.  As The Deli reported this morning, this year’s music / multimedia exhibit will take place in an abandoned warehouse with huge open spaces for artists, musicians, dancers and other experimental creators to showcase their ideas.  In addition to opening up a platform for artists to get exposure, the Force Field Project’s mission is to place art “in Philadelphia’s forgotten neighborhoods, using [it] to call attention to the potential of these abandoned places.”  For information on submitting your artwork and to learn more about the annual event, visit the Force Field Project website here.  Check out the promo video below.  The deadline for submissions is January 31st.


Download Nascent Zones, a collection of lost songs from Philly ambient artist Tadoma

For many musicians and artists, editing is a black hole. In the case of Joe Patitucci, the guy behind Philly ambient outfit Tadoma, a collection of songs-in-progress was keeping him from advancing musically. He’d been tweaking and re-tooling these recordings, some of which pre-dated his 2011 debut LP Field Notes by about four years. In an effort to clear the table, Patitucci deleted all of the master audio files from these recording sessions.

The songs weren’t completely lost, though. Last night he released nine of these works-in-progress on his Bandcamp as a new Tadoma LP collection called Nascent Zones. Patitucci doesn’t regard these as finished songs; each is a rough mix that he went on to further refine and change, before hitting a wall and hitting delete.

Listening, you can hear several different approaches and directions this music could have taken. We hear a bright and blooming Four Tet-esque patter on “Rover” and a minimal and melancholic acoustic guitar on”Contact” (owing a definite debt to one of Patitucci’s favorites, Brian Eno). Some songs are under a minute, while “Welcome to Ethno Probe” approaches ten minutes, its decidedly sinister industrial pulse recalling Oneohtrix Point Never.

“While I regret this loss and not being able to perfect the mixes we’re all left with, I’m happy to have these out in the world for all to enjoy, myself included,” Patitucci writes. LIsten to Nascent Zones below, and get a name-your-price download of the collection on Bandcamp.


Watch a video of King Britt’s Switched-On Garden set; download his tracks for remixing

Photo by Inna Spivakova |

This fall, famed Philly DJ and producer King Britt released his latest EP, the electronic tapestry The Bee and the Stamen, on local experimental label Data Garden. He celebrated its release with a stunning set at the label’s second annual Switched-On Garden showcase, which culminated in a breathtaking operatic piece performed with singer Pia Ercole. Ever one to keep things moving forward, King this week announced Fragments, a sample pack for budding producers to download and use to make their own mixes. Says King:

A fragment is a part detached. In this series, I wanted to give people detached parts that when put together create basic foundations, where they can create from. This isn’t your typical loops pack. I go into the studio to produce these fragments, using unconventional methods. Each Volume contains not only fragments but a special process in making them, which makes them unique to all the other packs out there.

Below, get a taste of what he’s talking about with a free download from Fragments, and get the entire thing at You can also watch a video excerpt of King’s Switched-On Garden performance with Pia Ercole.

KING BRITT feat PIA ERCOLE live at SWITCHED ON GARDEN from King Britt on Vimeo.


Experimental label Data Garden celebrates its first year with The Switched-On Garden 002 (Sunday at Bartram’s Garden)

Charles Cohen and Hair Loss perform at The Switched-On Garden 001 | Photo by Paul Gargagliano|

Experimental electronic music label Data Garden celebrated its launch one year ago this weekend by transforming Bartram’s Garden, the botanical garden in West Philadelphia, into an interactive art exhibit called The Switched-On Garden. There were numerous sound installations located throughout the park, and live performances by the musicians whose recordings made up the label’s first releases. This Sunday, to mark its one-year anniversary and to unleash a new batch of albums, Data Garden returns to Bartram’s for The Switched-On Garden 002.

Like last year, the goal is “to explore the relationship between plants, music and technology.” Over a few slices of pizza, Data Garden co-founder Joe Patitucci tries to explain to me what exactly that means. “We want to create an expression of our values that will make a statement about who we are as a label,” he says. “We don’t want to have a traditional record release show at a bar, because that’s not what we’re all about. Instead, we’re creating a place where people can go outside, get together, and experience nature and electronic music at the same time.” Continue reading →