Abstract

Abstract

What makes Abstract so unusual? Perhaps it is the incredible diversity of his musical tastes. From down tempo, ambient, dub, jazz and blues to drum ‘n’ bass, techno, trance, and breakcore to hiphop, house, and club music, there is almost no genre in which Ben does not have some interest. Though primarily a chill-out DJ, he has spun at gothic-industrial nights, punk-metal nights, and drum ‘n’ bass-breakcore nights, as well as jazz brunches, weddings, and other more formal events. His fascination with music in general fuels his desire to play whatever suits the moment, whatever is required. With an extensive collection of over 3700 recordings (and counting), he also has the tools to follow through on this desire.

Ben began DJing Philadelphia house parties in the late 1980s, followed by a bi-weekly dance event during his years as a student at the University of Pennsylvania (1988-1992). Upon graduating, he took a two year hiatus from spinning before moving to New York City, at which point he took up residence as the chill-out lounge DJ for one of New York’s premier gothic-industrial nights, Contempt, providing relaxed atmospheres of ambient and down tempo to dancers who were in need of solace. It was during this residency that he met and befriended Angelique Turner, proprietor of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s experimental music night, DBR. Angelique subsequently invited Ben to take up residence at DBR, which he did until the night closed in late 2004. It was during his tenure here that Ben spun some of his most diverse sets, successfully incorporating many seemingly unrelated styles into a smooth yet challenging listen.

Since the closing of DBR, Ben has spun at several one-off events at venues like the Frying Pan, CBGB’s Gallery, Twirl, Remote, Demarrara, and the Lucky Cat, always searching for new, exciting musical experiences.

He currently mans the decks for two separate monthly events: WRATH at Lucky 13, featuring punk, metal, and all the Devil’s music and The Abstract Sessions at Sweet Grapes Wine Bar, where he dials back and lays down chillout music like downtempo, ambient, dub, and acid jazz.

From cutting edge tracks of experimental electronic and reaching back to the beginnings of modern music with early blues and jazz recordings, the breadth and depth of his music passion ensures that he will always have something marvelous for you to hear, be it known or new to you.

Posts by Abstract

Lucky 13 Presents Wrath – 05/02/2014 (Part II)

May’s episode of Wrath is in the books with great result. Almost 5 hours of music, including a Midnight slab of DETRIMENT. Had a whole lot of fun throwing this together. There are some mixing missteps here and there (BE SURE THE CUE IS ALL THE WAY DOWN, YA BIG DUMMY), but given the crazy […]

Lucky 13 Presents Wrath – 05/02/2014 (Part I)

May’s episode of Wrath is in the books with great result. Almost 5 hours of music, including a Midnight slab of DETRIMENT. Had a whole lot of fun throwing this together. There are some mixing missteps here and there (BE SURE THE CUE IS ALL THE WAY DOWN, YA BIG DUMMY), but given the crazy […]

Lucky 13 presents Wrath

April 9, 2014 8:00 am to 5:00PM

First Friday metal madness returns to Lucky 13 for another episode of Wrath. As always, Melody MissAnthropy Henry pours your poison while Abstract spins the toxic sounds. From death metal to thrash to punk to grindcore, there’s a bit of everything for everybody. And let us not forget the gorgeous Lucky 13 gogos! So bring […]

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Lucky 13 Presents Wrath – 04/04/2014 (Part II)

So another episode of Wrath is in the books. The cold rain didn’t keep away our proud flock of dedicated metal heads. We came, we drank, we conquered. Thanks as always to everyone who swung by to say hello and shoot the shit about music. Always great to hang with fellow enthusiasts. Hang on tight, […]

Lucky 13 Presents Wrath – 04/04/2014 (Part I)

So another episode of Wrath is in the books. The cold rain didn’t keep away our proud flock of dedicated metal heads. We came, we drank, we conquered. Thanks as always to everyone who swung by to say hello and shoot the shit about music. Always great to hang with fellow enthusiasts. Hang on tight, […]

Lucky 13 presents Wrath

April 4, 2014 9:00 pm to 3:00AM

April showers bring dark powers and we will worship such as Wrath returns to Lucky 13 on the 4th. Abstract has been hunting down all kinds of new evil goodies to pound your ears with and Melody MissAnthropy Henry will keep ‘em comin’ if you’ve got the cash (and the sack). Our gorgeous gogos will […]

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DeadAbstract11: DustCore

The 11th episode of DeadAbstract finds me contemplating dusty darkhop tracks. Languid rhythms and dark sonics are the rule of thumb here, with dragging tempos to match. Introspective, contemplative, and more than a little somber. 01 The Dustmite – Intro 02 Ocosi – Dubterror Demo 11 03 Eraldo Bernocchi & Blackfilm – Bethnal Green 04 […]

Lucky 13 Presents Wrath – 03/07/2014 (Part II)

Another glorious night of madness. Thanks to everyone who attended and cheers to everybody who swung by to talk music, metal, and all that shit. We’re ramping it up again next month, so set aside your First Friday and come get some Wrath. facebook.com/lucky13wrath facebook.com/abstractnyc 01 Black Sheep Wall – Ancient Fvck 02 Sludge – […]

Lucky 13 Presents Wrath – 03/07/2014 (Part I)

Another glorious night of madness. Thanks to everyone who attended and cheers to everybody who swung by to talk music, metal, and all that shit. We’re ramping it up again next month, so set aside your First Friday and come get some Wrath. facebook.com/lucky13wrath facebook.com/abstractnyc 01 Black Sheep Wall – Ancient Fvck 02 Sludge – […]

Lucky 13 presents Wrath – 2/7/2013 (Part II)

Friday marked the first Wrath of 2014 and it was an epic occasion as usual. All kinds of hard edged music were represented, from death metal to thrash to punk and grindcore and even a smattering of industrial. Crowd was great as usual and thank you to everybody who stopped by the booth to talk […]