Photo Gallery — Questlove’s ‘Electronium: The Future Was Then’ at BAM

Last week, for two consecutive days, a cast of artists and musicians curated by Questlove and long time Roots manager Richard Nichols took over the Brooklyn Academy of Music for ‘Electronium: The Future Was Then’ described as a revisionist homage to some of the pioneering works of electronic music created between 1948 and 1979. The event featured R&B singer-producer Tom Krell (How to Dress Well), avant-R&B outfit Sonnymoon, the legendary Godfather of Noyz Rahzel, guitarist for The Roots Kirk Douglas, DJ-composer Jeremy Ellis, musician, composer, performe Emily Wells, and conductor Andrew Cyr & Metropolis Ensemble and of course Questlove. Together they craftily weaved two acts of audio experience backdropped by a stage design that featured incandescent tubes that reacted to the sound as the ensenmble sampled and deconstructed seminal recordings into a feverishly modern new playlist. Check out the complete set list below and use your left/right arrow keys to scroll through photos by Rahav Segev above.

Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Jeremy Ellis “live remix”)
Dies Irae
Broken Music Composition
Mild Und Leise (w/ strings)
Universal Appeal (w/Strings)
Wheels That Go
2 blunted
Symphony 6 (w/strings)
It (Jeremy Ellis “live remix”)
Still Warm (w/ strings)
Preset Time Exercise
Marfa Mix
When I Was In Trouble
Kali (w/strings)
Maggot Brain (w/strings)
Madame Butterfly (Jeremy Ellis “live remix”)
Bye Bye Butterfly
Nautilus (Jeremy Ellis “live remix”)
Demeures Aquatiques
Williams Mix
Kyrie Eleison
Look Around
Organ Rounds
Passenger (Emily Wells)
Cold Nites
Distorted Beatbox
Money Trees
Cindy Electronium
Gangsta (Jeremy Ellis “live remix”)
Eight (Jeremy Ellis “live remix”)
& It Was You
Trans Europe Express

“Old-school blips and beeps, sine waves, and analog synth solos mix with live vocals and contemporary electronics in this ecstatic riff on the analog revolution that paved the way for our music today.”


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