Portable Darkness is enigmatic sleep music, or psychedelic weekend music, or empathetic mood music; or if you prefer, just plain and simple night time jogging music...
Formed out of Flagstaff, AZ on feb. 6 2oo3; Portable Darkness is the solo electronic synth/sampler project of Azrael Ravencroft (w. the occasional live instrumentation/voice-over, support of friends). Portable Darkness falls somewhere within dark ambient, post-modern trance and industrial soundtrack- while striving to find it's own unique voice and, ever so gently, touch those who will to listen...
derived from scott michaelson's aleister crowley reader of the same title (harmony books 1989) the three primary themes portable darkness investigates are information warfare, space travel, and disenchanted mysticism. azrael ravencroft, known to parents and due to some bookish legality, as ezra miller, initiated portable darkness 2/06/03 with a simple open mic set, confusing both himself and listeners with something other than a guitar. utililizing a primarily sample based approach, with the basic rhythm/melody loop/progression and additional sounds and voices being triggered, portable darkness remains just that- portable. don't let iconoclast dj stereotypes fool you, PD creates its own music, on synthesizer, drum pad, flute, some live drums and percussion. PD continues to expand its creative sound playing with open and like minded musicians, everything from free jazz and drone rock (INDEPENDENT NOISE PARTY & THE RASP) to nihilistic "space music" and electronic so called "ambient" (11:11) etc. while ideally playing for very small and appreciative audiences, PD continues to test its own limits performing at a variety of house parties and studio situations, and the occasional club. Portable Darkness has self produced and, in the case of limited editions, self released 3 full length cds, one under the name "SEELAB", in addition to one e.p. and one compilation under the moniker "CLOTHING"
while collaborations continue to be an essential part of portable darkness, all releases are solo material, except for the occasional remix, most recently of "RUMOURS OF LIFE" and for remix purposes only, "INK1"
if you are lucky enough to live in the northern arizona area please come out and support any PD related performance, keywords: INDUSTRIAL, ELECTRONIC, AMBIENT, TRANCE.
9. 8/05/05 w/ Fear Folk
The Hive, Flagstaff, AZ.
Piscean Birthday Bash, Flagstaff, AZ.
live improv set/spoken word
guitar- James B., addtl. spoken word - Ash Rickli
7. 2/04/05 w/ dugRnet & 2 Hours of Bliss
Monte Vista Lounge, Flagstaff, AZ.
bass - Michael Pettit
6. 7/10/04 w/ special guests
Pete & Jane's, Flagstaff, AZ. "X-DAY"
live improv set/spoken word
bass, addtl. spoken word - Michael Pettit, bass- Laurel Cutland, vocal fx- Lance Israel, vocals- Universalia Jane
5. 7/04/04 w/ Stellazine by Starlight
Buzz's Yerba Mate Bar, Flagstaff, AZ.
4. 5/08/04 w/ the Rasp, Vesica Piscis
Fort Tuthill Fairgrounds, Flagstaff, AZ.
3. 10/25/03 w/ Deathrockdancehall
4610 S. Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff, AZ.
2. 9/13/03 w/ Universalia Jane
Pete & Jane's, Flagstaff, AZ. "Robot Party"
live improv set
keys, vocals - Universalia Jane
Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ.
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roland jx305 synth, roland sp808 sampler, samplitude 6.0, reason 2.5