Acid Test SF: Steven Tang

Sat Dec 8, 2012
222 Club - NOW CLOSED
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ACID TEST (SF): 12/8/12
STEVEN TANG (Emphasis Records | Chicago)
With residents:
|||| Tyrel Williams
|||| Bai-ee (of audioJazz)
|||| Miguel Solari

Acid Test began at Chicago's famed Smart Bar as a party celebrating the art of vinyl DJing and a love of underground house music. Soon after original Acid Test resident Tyrel Williams moved to San Francisco, Acid Test SF was born.

Acid Test (SF) presents: STEVEN TANG

A Hong Kong native living in Chicago since 1981 and previously in Bronx, NY from 1976, Tang's humble beginnings in electronic music started with the discovery of House Music during the music's own infancy; spending many weekends recording DJ mixes off radio stations like WBMX, WCGI, shopping for the latest cuts of the day at the famous Imports' Etc, both were his only connection to the music at the time as he was still too young to frequent dance clubs.

As his fascination grew for this new form of music, as did his record collection encompassing other prominent dance genres of the day like 'Italo disco' and 'High energy'. It wasn't until 1988 that he decided to purchase his first pair of turntables and taught himself the "craft". During the 90's he studied Radio Broadcasting at Chicago's Columbia College and sporadically DJed at local events and clubs while persistently working on his next goal, to set up a recording studio and eventually produce his own work.

In 1998, with EP in hand Tang established his own record label, Emphasis Recordings and its first release, the "Windy City EP". It garnered attention from Ewan Jensen of Red Ember Records, Australia and in the following year, he recorded a track entitled "Visions Far Away" for Red Ember's "Deepsounds Vol. 1" various artist 12" compilation.

Memorial Day weekend 2002 saw Tang's international debut at the DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival) and was one of the featured artists on the unofficial DEMF "Generator: Detroit 2002" CD compilation. After a four year hiatus and new distribution, 2006 marked the full return of output from Emphasis...the saga continues.

Selected discography of Steven Tang
As Tang:
Windy City (12") Emphasis Recordings 1998
Nightfall (12", Clear) Emphasis Recordings 2002
Machine Oriented EP (12") Emphasis Recordings 2006
Ominous (12") Emphasis Recordings 2007
Deepsounds One (Compilation 12") "Visions Far Away" Red Ember Records 2001
Generator: Detroit 2002 (Compilation) (LP/CD) "Ominous (edit)" Generator Records 2002
Bass Synergy (12") Emphasis Recordings 2011

As Steven Tang:
The Verged Sessions (12") Aesthetic Audio 2010
Uprise In The Orient (12") Syncrophone 2011 (Coming soon, Feb/March)
The Pancakes Sessions (Compilation 12") "Over Easy" Altered Moods Recordings 2011

As Obsolete Music Technology:
My Neurosis (12") Emphasis Recordings 2007
Evening Star (12") Emphasis Recordings 2008
Viewpoints Chapter One (Compilation) (LP/CD) "Evening Star" AW-Recordings 2008
Generator: Broadcast In Hi-Tech (Compilation) (2x12") "Past Virtue" Generator Records 2010
Relapse (12") Machining Dreams 2010
Mmmmmusic (12") Emphasis Recordings 2012
Inflection Point (12") Dolly 2012

Chris Fortier - That Being Said (Obsolete Music Technology Remix) (MP3, 320) Manual Music 2009
Chicago Skyway - Lager (Obsolete Music Technology Remix) (12") MOS Recordings 2011


Tyrel Williams


Bai-ee (of Audiojazz)


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