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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith 

When: Fri., May 1, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $8-$10
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Bolinas-based analog synthesist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith issued a dazzling full-length earlier this year. Entitled Euclid, it’s composed of buoyant, spry arrangements that are clearly rendered and consistently tethered to a mightily pleasing, sensuous array of tones. Smith, who has a music conservatory background, emphasizes the influences of geometric shapes and frequently cites the natural world as inspiration, though listeners will draw those parallels themselves. The other thing that even a cursory listen makes clear is Smith’s adroit handle on her equipment. Many synthesizer enthusiasts foreground the way the machines can produce interesting sounds when they malfunction, but Smith’s work portrays her as an artist with faith in the intended function. After all, with synthesizers such as the appropriately named Buchla Music Easel, originally created in the early 1970s by the revered Bay Area engineer Don Buchla, and put to use by Smith on Euclid, the whole idea was to create a vehicle for limitless electronic expression. Smith reminds us of that. Launching a tour, Smith is set to perform at B4BEL4B (184 10th St., Oakland) on Friday.
— Sam Lefebvre

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