Amon Tobin Brings ISAM 2.0 to Congress Theater
“…A weird hybrid of a cinema experience and a live experience.” This is how 40 year-old Brazilian electronic music producer, Amon Tobin, describes his current tour. ISAM 2.0 which features a handful of upgrades here and there including many more kw of bass from the original tour, hit the Congress Theater this Saturday night.
The show consists of Tobin djaying in a large cube surrounded by many other cubes to form a sort of cityscape. He is not the focus of the stage, rather one piece of a large set. Multi-angle projection is used to visually map the cubes to form unbelievable, amazing, inspiring, live projections that completely blew me away. Tobin’s electronic music, which isn’t quite technically dance music, but still had me dancing, is perfectly timed to the visuals. At times it seemed like the visuals inspired the music and often the other way around. I don’t want to give away the whole show for anyone planning to see it, but my favorite visualization was when his face was mapped across the entire stage then shrunk to the size of his actual head, then poof you see him in his cube. It was pretty awesome.
Because of the massiveness of the show, I realized that he isn’t really djaying at all, but I understand it would be impossible to keep the visuals so perfectly in sync otherwise. I feel like he is leading us through this visual and aural story that he has created as a narrator. At times during the show it looks like he’s in the middle of a spaceship surrounded by readouts and pushing buttons. It really feels as if he is taking us through the story as it unfolds.
The Congress staff was relatively pleasant this evening. I wasn’t harassed at the door too badly which was nice. Like every night they had staff patrolling the crowd with their flashlights which was very distracting.
Words honestly can’t describe what I saw at that show, so I would highly recommend seeing for yourself when he comes into town. I payed $30 for my ticket and it was completely worth it. Jupiter and Pure Filth opened for Tobin who went on a little after 11 and played a little over an hour and a half.