Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Music

Audion debuts Subverticul at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles

See also

Music & Art Event


Aside from releasing a string of releases that maintain a rare balance between visual and audio design, Audion has been something of an enigma since 2004. He is better known under his pop-music moniker Matthew Dear but is now shifting his focus to his techno-minimalist project. To follow the critical acclaim of his recent album "X", Audion debuted "Subverticul", his audio-visual tour this past Saturday - and Audion and Matthew Dear fans alike could not be more pleased with the unveiling.

Before the curtain was fully open Audion was already laying on a thick sub-bass roar that could alter your blood pressure through teeth chattering frequency alone. Revealing a massive tetrahedron-like structure between two triangles, he took to his multi-colored throne like the leader of a secret cult. The daunting structure encased Audion and his set-up, adding to the mystery of his music hardware of choice.

Visual projections lit the structures with increasingly mind-altering displays, seemingly ripped from an acid-head's best trips, which was perfect to complement the acid house squelch permeating many of his tracks. His musical structure and visuals play off one another perfectly and blur the senses, much like his past album covers.

Staying true to his avant-garde style are a musical attack and release that is almost too intuitive for a standard dance music fan. Rather than bore the audience with predictable drops, he lulls you into a tantalizingly unfamiliar cadence through frequency manipulation and delayed time signatures. He weaves his soundscapes like art with a look on his face that can only be described as post-coital satisfaction. His music is raw, untapered emotion and he is the conductor of that feeling.

All things considered, Audion's music packs that bass punch to satisfy the average fan with enough intricate detail to appease the pretentious audiophile. His visual set-up is daunting and will fit perfectly in a festival setting. At times his electronic riffs may seem a little jarring but this is where a rare patience must be exercised among those looking simply to party and fist pump. It was a successful debut that is sure to challenge performance norms.


Today's top buzz...

  • Ted Nugent
    Ted Nugent concert at Native American casino canceled because of obvious reasons
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    Pat Bowlen steps down as Broncos owner following Alzheimer's diagnosis
    NFL Buzz
  • Tina Fey
    See why Tina Fey is possibly the most popular woman in comedy at the moment
    Today's Buzz
  • Mick Jagger
    Mick Jagger promotes 'Get On Up' in New York, including Apollo Theater premiere
    20 Photos
  • Boyhood
    The new film 'Boyhood' chronicles twelve years of one boy's life
    19 Photos
  • Buffy
    We're counting down ten of the finest episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
    7 Photos