Free beats at free the beats
Free! Free! Frankly that should be enough to propel anyone out of their seat nowadays but I see you need some more convincing. You’ll certainly see the appeal when you head on down to 505 in Surry Hills next Thursday and check out the latest iteration of Free The Beats, a free (!) night of glitch-beat-ambient-whatever that’s been doing a sterling job of shining the spotlight on our talented local electronic musicians.
The setting is no small part of the appeal. The venerable 505, perched on the corner of Cleveland and Perry Streets, continues to present itself as a unique alternative to the standard pub-music scene in Sydney. The atmosphere is exceedingly laid-back, with couches scattered around a room clearly focused on the stage, and by extension the performers. Traditionally a jazz or funk oriented venue, nights like Free The Beats show a recent openness to more varied styles that bodes well for Sydney’s musical diversity.
Indeed, diversity is what sets Free The Beats apart. The collective, which is up to its tenth compilation, describes itself as ‘specialising in forward-thinking electronic music’, and releasing ‘bedroom beats that would not otherwise see the light of day’. Last month, the acts ranged from lush, proggy tracks with intricate live keys to thunderously abrasive sheet-metal synths, with a notable appearance by some sort of Mongolian instrument that I’m too uncultured to identify. Free The Beats presents a diverse collection of progressive beats, and is well worth checking out. And it’s free. Free.
By Adam Disney
Event runs from 7pm onwards next Thursday 16.
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