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International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music

Deploying astute cuts over a steady thrum of dubby house, chilled analog chords and digitally tranquilized samples, ESB crafts a serenely echoing, irrepressible melodic techno. Benaroch has worked with analog electronics since the mid 90s, identifying less as a producer than a recordist with electronic roots – he often combines analog drum synthesis, from background ambient to driving, with the esoteric textures of machines like the PPG wave and arp chroma that achieves a unique balance between cosmic ambience, percussive motion and acid-techno elements. Active on Canadian and international labels known for off-kilter atmospheric electronics, ESB's changing monikers don't alter the precision of his production style – from a cassette of mystic, introvert house on Vancouver's 1080p to the mellow beats and garage flow of his latest release as ESB on Athens label Echovolt.

This recording is essentially an edited down version of 2 different 3 hour live studio recordings, The instrumentation consists mostly of Tr909, SP1200, mpc Live, Roland Jupiter 6, Sequential 440/ 2002 and PPG wave 2.2, though a 14 channel Trident recorded digitally straight to 2 track. The tracks are generally constructed with percussion and samples processed with the mpc first, then sequenced synth/ sample layers are added and everything is mixed live on the board.