Eric Copeland The Khyber, Halifax NS June 2

Eric Copeland The Khyber, Halifax NS June 2
Experimental sound craftsman Eric Copeland, known perhaps most prominently as member of avant-garde electro-experimentalist group Black Dice, headlined the OBEY Convention V's final show at the Khyber on Saturday evening. His head in a baseball cap and bent over his cubic consoles, Copeland concocted a storm of schizophrenic sound that was at times frenetic and abrasive, and at others loose and hypnotic. Those close to the stage danced wildly while others nodded their heads to the New York musician's steady, often hip-hop-based beats. The crowd clung to these backbone rhythms, as they were sometimes the only decipherable portions of Copeland's undulating, poly-melodious waves of noise. Once the set was over, it took a few seconds of silence to shake out of whatever trance one was in, only to see Copeland had stopped manoeuvring his pedals and knobs and had hopped coolly offstage.