DJ Spooky’s The Hidden Code at Benaroya Hall, October 27

Posted on August 25, 2016, 3:00 pm
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If you thought the coming of fall meant a lull in activities between the summer rush outdoors and the holiday season in November on…think again.

There is Bumbershoot, Bellevue Fashion Week and Black Box 3.0 in September, and then on October 21-29 comes 9e2, an arts festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of 9 Evenings, which showcased the fruits of collaboration between prominent mid-century artists and engineers at Bell Labs back in 1966.

We have plenty more to say about all of these happenings, but we just got some official word about an event that is part of 9e2 that we couldn’t wait to share. The majority of the programming at 9e2 will take place at Seattle’s King Street Station, but DJ Spooky (Paul J. Miller) will be presenting the west coast debut of his multimedia project Hidden Code at Benaroya Hall on October 27, 2016.

From the press release:

Imagine a visual odyssey through the cosmos driven by lush musical compositions, and inspired by complex themes of astronomy, engineering, biology, and psychology. Miller composed the music for The Hidden Code based on conversations with Dartmouth physicists, astronomers, engineers, biologists, brain scientists and computer scientists. The work is a synthesis of emerging science, poetry, and music transformed into the ultimate fusion of art and science. Dartmouth Physicist and musician Stephon Alexander will be playing saxophone for the performance, and Miller and Alexander will conduct a Q&A after the show.

The music for The Hidden Code was commissioned by Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science and its Director, Daniel Rockmore. The visuals for The Hidden Code were created by staff of the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston. This work highlights the enabling power of computational science in the arts, inspiring an “album” that lives at the intersection of art and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Tickets for The Hidden Code go on sale Friday, August 26 at 10am. This event will likely sell out, so don’t delay.

Lead photo courtesy of 9e2.

DJ Spooky’s The Hidden Code

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016. Doors at 7pm. Show at 7:30pm.

Where: Benaroya Recital Hall, 201 University St., Seattle 98101

Get tickets online.


T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.