January I attended a #designlectures event hosted by Civilization at the Seattle Public Library featuring David Carson. All I knew about him was from gazing at my brother’s Nine Inch Nails albums that I used to steal out of his giant CD booklets. His unconventional pathway and true-to-self outlook was refreshing! “Don’t mistake legibility for […]
October 5, 2014
2014 DECIBEL FESTIVAL REVIEWS Many more to come. Check back here for a compiled list A STRANGELY ISOLATED PLACE http://astrangelyisolatedplace.com/2014/10/03/a-silent-season-showcase-in-seattle CITY ARTS http://cityartsonline.com/articles/mainstreaming-decibel DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2014/09/25/max-cooper-emergence http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2014/10/10/anna-lunoe DISCORDER http://www.discorder.ca/discorder-magazine/index.php/2014/10/04/decibel-festival DO THE ASTRAL PLANE http://dotheastralplane.com/2014/10/01/decibel-festival-2014-recap-arca-hyperdub-andy-stott-highlight-seattle-festivals-11th-year DO206 http://do206.com/p/do206-review-top-5-artists-of-decibel-festival-2014 FREQ MAGAZINE http://www.freqmagazine.com/2014/10/review-decibel-festival-2014 FREMMECULT http://www.femmecult.com/news/decibel-festival-2014-review GEEKWIRE http://www.geekwire.com/2014/decibel IGN http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/29/microsoft-kinect-controlled-cube-demoed-at-decibel-festival KEXP 90.3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV7c6gSqPkc&feature=youtu.be&list=UU3I2GFN_F8WudD_2jUZbojA http://blog.kexp.org/2014/09/30/decibel-festival-2014-opening-gala-with-sabota-natasha-kmeto-and-lusine http://blog.kexp.org/2014/09/29/decibel-festival-2014-optical-1-kinesthesia http://blog.kexp.org/2014/09/26/decibel-festival-2014-resident-advisor-showcase-featuring-kaytranada-lunice-djao-and-jusmoni http://blog.kexp.org/2014/09/30/decibel-festival-2014-rhythm-bass-featuring-tokimonsta-baths http://blog.kexp.org/2014/10/01/decibel-festival-2014-modern-love-with-demdike-stare-andy-stott-and-millie-andrea http://blog.kexp.org/2014/10/03/decibel-festival-2014-optical-three-playful-dischord-with-kangding-ray-and-oneohetrix-point-never […]
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Feast your eyes on the full 2014 Decibel Festival photo gallery! We will be adding more media over the coming weeks.
The 11th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media has come and gone. We’d like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who participated in what was our most memorable program to date. We will be following up in the coming weeks with a list of media reviews, photos […]
We are extremely excited to announce the release of our revamped mobile app for Decibel Festival 2014, available for iOS in Apple’s App Store and Android in Google’s Play Store. This app will be essential to your #dB2014 experience considering we are making the environmentally responsible decision to not print physical booklets this year. The app, combined with […]
EMP ENTRANCES Silver Entrance (Group Entrance) Location: Harrison St, corner of Harrison & 5th avenue N Access: Will Call, Box Office, JLB Theater, Sky Church Gold Entrance (South Entrance) Location: 5th Ave N, corner of Broad and 5th ave N (right under the monorail) Access: Level 3 ONLY Red Entrance Access: Open until 5pm for […]
September 4, 2014
We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2014 Decibel Festival Custom Schedule. We encourage you all to explore, create and share your own schedule with others. With over 130 artists across 12 venues and three day conference, there is a lot of activity to embrace this year. Less than three weeks out! http://schedule.dbfestival.com/schedule
Make sure you download Generate on your iPhone or Android to participate in a live audiovisual experience at Decibel. See your audio-reactive imagery and videos projected on a live Generate content wall and document your Decibel experience in unique ways! Apple – http://bit.ly/GenerateApp Android – http://bit.ly/GenerateAndroid
September 26, 2014
Free rides on Uber!
Sign up for Uber with the promo code DBFEST14 and your first ride is free up to $20. Already an Uber user? See below for more info about free rides! Uber makes it super easy to get around Seattle with just the tap of an app. From hybrids with uberX to towncars with Black Car, there […]
Friday, September 26th at Re-Bar & Kremwerk (2 room event) Re-Bar (room 1) presented by Deep N Bass and Starborne ASC (dj) Auxiliary / Silent Season, US w/ Deep N Bass residents ROB NOBLE (dj) ZACHARIA (dj) KOZMO (dj) CONTENTS (dj) DANE GARFIELD WILSON (dj/live) Kremwerk (room 2) presented by Innerflight Music DENSE & […]
++ You can still buy passes that will grant you access to our full program at: bit.ly/dB2014Tix ++ You can purchase individual showcase tickets at: dbfestival.com/db2014/tickets → If you haven’t already fill out your schedule and share it with your friends: schedule.dbfestival.com Peep our 2014 line-up at: dbfestival.com/db2014/lineup
Very excited to announce a special Red Bull Music Academy Lecture at the dB Conference, featuring Kode9 (London, Hyperdub) Saturday Sept 27th, 5pm JBL Theater at EMP Museum http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/people/kode9 http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/lectures/kode-9-hypersonics About Kode9 Steve Goodman aka Kode 9 is a DJ, producer, academic and founder of the Hyperdub label. Hyperdub have released a string of critically acclaimed records […]
September 5, 2014
As part of the 11th Annual Decibel Festival, we will be hosting three official after-hours featuring 11 of the most anticipated underground dance acts of the entire program. Taking place at Q Nightclub on Capitol Hill, these 18+ after-hours events are all included as part of the Decibel Festival Pass experience. You can also purchase […]
September 3, 2014
2014 dB Conference
From inception, Decibel as an organization has prided itself on providing technology-based arts education to the public. Over the past decade, the dB Conference has played a significant role in fostering emerging talent while bridging the gap between the music industry and festival attendees. The 2014 dB Conference will be taking place September 24th through […]
As part of the 11th annual program, Decibel Festival will be expanding our acclaimed OPTICAL series to six showcases across three prestigious venues; The Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, The Triple Door dinner theater and the incredible EMP Sky Church, which boasts at 60’ x 33’ HD video wall. These immersive concerts will feature several of our most anticipated […]
We are proud to announce our initial partners for the 11th Annual Decibel Festival. Many more to come!
This year Decibel Festival will be partnering with Dàmà to present our 2014 boat party series. These feel-good afternoon cruises on scenic Lake Washington and Lake Union are the perfect compliment to the Decibel Festival experience. If you’re looking for an intimate, aquatic setting in which to socialize, dance and soak up the beautiful September Seattle weather, […]
We’re thrilled to be announcing our next round of Decibel Festival events happening at The Crocodile, The Triple Door and the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. Individual tickets to all 34 announced events can now be purchased through dB2014 Program section of our website We still have the dB Boat Parties and a few more […]
We’re thrilled to be announcing our next round of Decibel Festival club showcases happening at The Showbox, Showbox SoDo and Re-Bar. Individual tickets to all 25 announced events can now be purchased through dB2014 Program section of our website Next week we’ll be announcing the final OPTICAL and club showcases, so stay tuned.
We are pleased to collaborate with W Seattle as the official hotel partner of the 2014 Decibel Festival. Situated in the heart of downtown, the contemporary and stylish W Seattle offers 415 deluxe guestrooms, and 9 suites, and is close to art and music venues and downtown attractions including the famous Pike Place Market. Plan your productive day, […]
All Gone Pete Tong To Close Decibel Festival w/Tensnake Sept 28 Legendary British DJ To Host Closing Party Of The Acclaimed Electronic Music Festival In Seattle If there is one name synonymous with the evolution of dance music over the last two decades it is Pete Tong. In a twenty plus year career he has […]
We’re pleased to announce our EMP and Q Nightclub events, including 11 showcases, 3 official after-hours, 2 OPTICAL events and our Opening Gala. For lineups and details about each event, please visit the db2014 Program section of our website. Individual tickets are now on sale and linked from the event pages on the website.
Today we’re pleased to announce the second wave of 2014 Decibel Festival artists, which includes 57 additional performers from 12 counties. Though we still have a few final surprises in store, this list combined with the first wave of artist announcements from May 6th constitutes the bulk of this year’s performers (110 artist from 17 […]
Going back to 2006, our after hours programming and boat parties have been a staple part of the festival experience. This year, Q Nightclub will host our official after hours events, as well several of our evening showcases. As for this year’s boat excursions through scenic Lake Washington, we’re proud to be welcoming back The […]
So far we’ve announced half of the 2014 Decibel Festival venues, including Showbox SoDo, The Showbox, EMP Sky Church, EMP Level 3, The Crocodile and the JBL Theater. Today, we’re proud announce the prestigious Islley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall and the luxurious Triple Door dinner theater, which combined will be hosting four of this year’s acclaimed OPTICAL Audio/Visual Showcases. For more information on the initial 2014 Decibel […]
Last week we announced our exciting venue partnership to date with EMP Museum; the new home of Decibel’s will call, media lounge, conference, film series, happy hour events, opening gala and several of our most anticipated A/V club showcases. Over the next three weeks we’ll be sharing additional venues that will be housing this year’s program. […]
2014 marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between EMP Museum and Decibel Festival. As part of this partnership, Decibel will be hosting our will call, media lounge, conference, film series, happy hour events and opening gala event at various spaces within EMP. In addition, Decibel will be hosting several of our most anticipated audio/visual […]
Big thanks to Revolt.tv for having us on this week to announce the initial festival lineup. Full video interview above! Here’s their accompanying post. Looking forward to working with them again. Enjoy! If Decibel has anything to show for its 11 years at the center of the Northwest’s electronic music community, it’s at very […]
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Congratulations to Decibel Festival Founder, Curator and President Sean Horton aka Nordic Soul for landing the #43 spot on Rolling Stone‘s 50 Most Important People In EDM. HERE is a link to the article. Tier 2 passes for the 11th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media are on sale now at http://dbfestival.strangertickets.com (Sept. 24-28, 2014).
Kicking off the 2014 festival season, we’re excited to announce our busiest concert month to date. Beginning April 3rd, we’ll be producing 10 events featuring over 20 of our favorite underground dance acts spanning the past 20 years. Highlights for this April Micro dB program include Decibel Festival alumni The Orb, Bonobo (DJ set), Green […]
Today we are proud to announce that the 11th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media will be taking place September 24th through the 28th across Seattle. This year we’ll be breaking the artist announcements up into two unique installments, the first coming in May. As lead up to […]
For a limited time only, discounted Tier 1 Decibel Festival Passes can purchased through our ticket page – http://dbfestival.strangertickets.com.
Chance to win a full pass to Decibel Festival 2014! To our wonderful Decibel Festival community, we love you and hope you’re enjoying 2014. As you may know, last year was our 10th birthday and we’re looking ahead to our second decade with a fresh perspective and big ideas. We’re reaching out in hopes that […]
In celebration of it’s 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy will release full-length feature film What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music. Directed by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg and shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, the film will premiere on February 17 through limited engagement screenings in […]
Nov. 17th at Barboza : Thundercat w/ Kingdom Crumbs & J Justice Nov. 20th at Showbox Sodo : James Blake w/ Nosaj Thing Nov. 22nd at Nectar : RBMA Club Tour w/ Lunice, Rockie Fresh, B. Bravo & WD4D Nov. 26th at The Crocodile : Jon Hopkins, Clark & Nathan Fake Dec. 17th at Neumos […]
Keep #dBx at your fingertips with the new Decibel Festival mobile app, available on iOS and Android. Explore the program, create your custom schedule, post photos and updates to social media, find a bite to eat and more! Search for “Decibel Festival” or visit the following URLs: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/decibel-festival/id706319010?ls=1&mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.decibel.decibelfest
Decibel Festival, in partnership with Panopto and Dubspot, will be bringing you live streaming of the 2013 dB Conference from Wednesday through Friday, Sept 25-27 12pm – 6pm. At any point during the week, visit http://pancast.it/db13 to view all workshops, demos, panel discussions, and RA exchanges streaming live as well as recorded for viewing at […]
DUE TO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS AND A SERIES OF FLIGHT DELAYS, THE OREN AMBARCHI SET HAD TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL TONIGHT AT THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER. THIS IS A MAKE UP SHOW AND ALL TICKETS FROM THE TRIPLE DOOR SHOW WILL BE HONORED. DOORS ARE AT 6PM AND THE SHOW BEGINS AT 7PM SHARP. FOR THOSE […]
Dear Passholders, we love you so much that we went out and got some great deals for you! Show up at any of these places during Decibel Festival, show your dB pass wrist band, and get discounts and free stuff! There will be secret $20 Gift Certificates from skillet street food “hidden” at venues during the festival for […]
With the festival rapidly approaching, we’re proud to release our schedule page with customizable views, the ability to output to various mediums, and (best of all) the ability to create a profile and connect with your friends so that you all know where you’re going to be. Huge thanks to our friends over at Sched.org! Dive […]
September 8, 2013
dBx Yoga uniQue
As a part of Decibel’s effort to keep its participants healthy and vital, we have partnered with Yoga UniQue offering two separate 60-minute yoga classes – enhanced with rejuvenating and re-energizing beats, to get you flowing and ready for the dance floor. All levels welcome! Thursday, Sept. 26th 4:30-5:30PM Venue: Q Night Club Saturday, Sept. […]
Wednesday, September 25th at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Decibel Festival is honored to host Mileece, a sonic artist whose interactive “ecoscapes” are generated from the electromagnetic emissions of plants and by handmade, sensor-based musical instruments for an evening of Botanical Bio-Electricity at Chihuly Garden and Glass’s prestigious Glasshouse. Hors d’oeuvres, juice, coffee, dessert and […]
We’re proud to announced the 10th Annual Decibel Festival dB in the Park event, which will be taking place September 28th at the Broadway Performance Hall (home of dB Will Call/Ticketing and the dB Conference). This year’s dB in the Park event will feature deejay performances from two of the West Coast’s most respected house, […]
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE DETAILS The 2013 dB Conference will be taking place at the Broadway Performance Hall, which will also be the home of dB Will Call/Ticketing and the beloved dB in the Park event. Happening September 25th through the 27th (noon until 6PM), this year’s conference will be increasing its […]
W SEATTLE: OFFICIAL HOTEL PARTNER OF THE 2013 DECIBEL FESTIVAL W Seattle returns as the official hotel partner of the 2013 Decibel Festival. Situated in the heart of downtown Seattle, the hip and contemporary, 26-floor W Seattle offers 415 deluxe guestrooms, including 9 suites, and is crowned by an illuminated steel and mesh pyramid visible […]
One of our favorite things about Decibel Festival is presenting and introducing new artists. We understand that can be a bit overwhelming, so we’ve made it easier than ever this year for you to discover new artists through a partnership with CratePlayer. CratePlayer is a web application that lets you organize music and video from […]
This year Decibel Festival will be partnering with Resident Advisor, Mixmag and High & Tight to present our 2013 boat party series. These feel-good afternoon cruises on scenic Lake Washington and Lake Union are the perfect compliment to the Decibel Festival experience. If you’re looking for an intimate, aquatic setting in which to socialize, dance and soak […]
Check out this preview feature on Decibel Festival past, present, and future from OnlyTheBeat.com
2012 marked Decibel’s largest edition to date, bringing in over 26,000 attendees across 50 unique events. As curator and founder, I am proud to report that though the magnitude of Decibel has changed over the years, the integrity and creative vision of the festival has not. After 10 years, Decibel remains a grassroots, volunteer-run festival […]
As part of the 10th Annual Decibel Festival, we will be hosting four OPTICAL A/V showcases featuring a wide selection of international ambient, neo-classical and experimental music, accompanied by some of the world’s leading visual artists. Taking place at the prestigious Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall and Triple Door dinner theater, these OPTICAL showcases are included […]
Decibel Festival runs on the energy, enthusiasm, and boundless brilliance of our volunteer crew. We are infinitely grateful for our past volunteers and are excited to make 2013 the best year yet. Applications are currently being considered for reliable, hard working and collaborative volunteers. More info on the WORK WITH US page.
The first of several 2013 Decibel Festival DJ mixes has gone live (30 songs, 90 minute mixed by festival curator Sean Horton aka Nordic Soul). https://soundcloud.com/decibelfestival/2013-decibel-festival-mix-1st
The Techno Tourist is dedicated to sending both industry professionals and festival lovers to electronic music-based events with bespoke travel itinerary and luxury accommodation. TT cater each trip to fit the wants and needs of every group thus supporting a relaxed state-of-mind, ready to experience Decibel Festival in style. Check out their Decibel Festival 2013 Techno […]