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Cosmos featuring Mike Parker

Cosmos featuring Mike Parker

9pm-3am The Wastelands, 700 Main Street $15 advance, $20 day of show, 21+

syt3It’s no surprise that techno producer and UB fine art teacher Mike Parker has released his only two full length albums roughly a dozen years apart. That’s because Parker’s productions are painstakingly detailed. The artist statement for his latest album, Lustrations, released on the German techno label Prologue, explains that his subtle, bubbling minimalist techno is “designed to be timeless” and “produced to be played in techno temples.” Each bump, each clap is almost ritualistically placed within the bassy ether of these hypnotic tracks. Though Lustrations came over a decade after his debut full length, Dispatches, he put out plenty of other music meanwhile by himself and other artists on his own label, Geophone. Releases on Geophone have included lauded techno producers like Shifted, who remixed Parker’s wobbling banger “Mnajdra;” Voices From The Lake, a production duo that includes Italian producer Donato Dozzy who put out one of the most critically acclaimed techno records of 2013 in Plays Bee Mask; and Parker’s own whirling techno tracks like his latest “Full Moon in Winter,” off of Geophone’s 20th release. Parker played last year’s Movement Festival in Detroit, a three day electronic music event that included everyone from techno pioneers Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, and Carl Craig; underground names like Moodymann, Mala, and Onra; to big names like Moby, Squarepusher and Nicolas Jaar. Now he’s on board with Paul Kuenzi of Igloo, who will present Cosmos, a space-themed equinox techno party this Friday (March 21) at the Wastelands (700 Main St. 2nd floor), featuring support from Syracuse’s Diskomaster, and Buffalo’s Gene LinetJ.P. Freedom, and Ryan Liddell. BYOB. — cory perla