Pink Noises: An Electronic/Hip-Hop Showcase

April 14th, 2016

On Friday, April 22nd, 2016, in an effort to amplify voices and identities typically underrepresented in electronic and hip-hop, WVKR presents a series of workshops, a panel, and performances by four talented musicians. We aim to teach, empower, and inspire the Vassar music scene to work towards a more inclusive future. Please note, workshops will be capped at 20 students, and priority is given to those who identify as female, queer, non-cis or non-binary.  Sign up here: The panel and the performances are open to all.

4:00-5:30pm: Workshops (descriptions below); sign up here:

6:00-7:00pm: Panel with Artists and on-campus DJs/musicians

10:00pm-1:00am: Performance in the Mug 

The Workshops:

Ivy Sole will hold a workshop on writing songs and the idea of “memory” and how it informs and inspires the lyrics.

Stud1nt will lead a workshop on strategies for approaching electronic production in Ableton, focusing on methods of beginning and ending a track. This will be done in a collaborative style. Basic familiarity with any DAW (digital audio workstation) is suggested (Ableton, Garageband, Logic, Reason, etc). 

Aurora Halal will teach a hands-on workshop for live mixing with CDJ’s.

Doss: Electronic music; more details shortly.

The Artists:

Ivy Sole is a multidisciplinary artist from Charlotte, NC & based in Philadelphia. Her primary medium is music, specifically hip hop. Using a production style reminiscent of boom bap’s hey day with a twist, she combines her love of storytelling, indie rock, and soul to create a familiar, yet distinct style all her own. In addition to her solo work, she also makes music in a collective called Indigold, whose Home EP is the first of the group’s releases. Her debut project Eden is available for download on 4/12. 

Stud1nt is a producer and DJ from Queens. Her mixing is known to be uncompromisingly hard-hitting and dynamic, combining discordance with danceability. She is part of the New York-based queer music collective, KUNQ.

Aurora Halal is a New York-based musician, event producer and visual artist. She is the creator of NYC’s underground party series Mutual Dreaming, and co-creator of Sustain-Release, a 700-person music and arts festival in Upstate NY. Since 2011 she has been touring the US and Europe, performing live music and visuals at festivals, universities and respected clubs. All her projects use immersive, experimental and non-commercial approaches to powerful effect.

DOSS is a New York-based DJ and producer whose dreamy and ethereal self-titled EP (2014) crystallized the emergence of “alt-trance.” Describing her sound as “emotional dance music,” DOSS’ dynamic live sets seamlessly combine her own material with house classics, thumping techno, and fresh sounds reminiscent of PC Music, to create a truly euphoric dance floor experience.

Pink Noises Poster


Top 10 Records Spring 2k16 (In No Particular Order)

April 11th, 2016

According to James, Music Director

  1. PinegroveCardinal [Run for Cover]
    Must listen / Perfect songwriting / That is all I will say
  1. Lust For Youth ­– Compassion [Sacred Bones]
    New Order-influenced europop that will make you feel cool perhaps
  1. Essaie Pas ­– Demain est une autre nuit [DFA]
    Francophile minimal goth techno YOU’RE WELCOME
  1. Jesu/Sun Kil Moon Jesu/Sun Kil Moon [Calo Verde/Rough Trade]
    Pseudo(?)-sensitive 49 y/o man reads from diary while 46 y/o dad plays industrial guitar and/or ambient music beneath said musings.
  1. Puce Mary The Spiral [Posh Isolation]
  1. Cellars ­– Phases [Manifesto]
    80’s jams produced by Ariel Pink: dark disco for days//cash for chill
  1. Sound of Ceres Nostalgia for Infinity [Joyful Noise]
    Spa music
  1. Wild Nothing ­– Life of Pause [Captured Tracks/Bella Union]
    Worth the wait, WN delivers us a diverse record full of beautiful gems
  1. Explosions in the Sky The Wilderness [Temporary Residence Limited/Bella Union]
    Pretty songs that each rise from ash within the span of about 5:00 min
  1. Teen Love Yes [Carpark]
    Like a dancy Cocteau Twins, but with intelligible lyrics

Annual WVKR Record Fair!

March 26th, 2016

Saturday, April 23, from 10AM to 3PM, we are hosting our annual Record Fair in Main building on Vassar’s campus! This fair is open to the public and should be a lot of fun. See for more information.

A Link to Our Playlists!

October 7th, 2015