MUSIC + SOUND

Since 1990

Based in Shanghai, China — SoundSpade is the solo and dj project of Benjamin Bacon (USA). He is the co-creator and resident DJ for Black Eyeliner • ⿊黑眼线 and the founder, organizer and resident musician for Voltage Divider • 分压器器, a series of live music and media events in Shanghai and Beijing that explore different experimental and avant-garde musical styles and non-traditional production methods. In 1994 he formed DIES IRAE ! US with fellow confidant Jonathan Ford (Dissociate) and performed at festivals such as Wave Gothik Treffen in Leipzig, German. In the late 1990’s Jon and Ben left Dies Irae ! US and formed the electro-industrial duo Animadversion and in the early 2000’s he went on to form the band Blindworks.

Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s he Dj’d at various venues in North America, Europe and Asia. He is the co-founder of Dogma Lab, a cross-disciplinary media and design consultancy based in Shanghai where he also designs and produces his own line of musical instruments and

synthesizers under the brand Dogma E-Sound.

His music and performances has been featured in magazines such as That's Beijing, Smart Shanghai, Modern Weekly, the German National Radio, Shanghai Community Radio, etc. 

You can find a selection of SoundSpade's music at https://soundcloud.com/soundspade.

Images taken by Modern Weekly magazine.

MUSIC PROJECTS

ARTIFCAT UNKNOWN

2020 -

SOLO MUSICIAN

Categories: Experimental, electronic, ambient.

Releases:

  • "Music for the Isolation II", Thanks for Stopping By Compilation, released by Guangzhou Underground (GZUG) Records.

SOUNDSPADE

2005 -

SOLO MUSICIAN, DJ AND SOUND ARTIST

Categories: Experimental, electronic, sound design, production and producing.

Releases: 

  • A Future Robots Funeral

  • Number Stations EP

  • Noise Floor Constructions

  • Volume I - Dirty Disco - Live and Remastered

  • Taxeee Tapes Vol. 3

  • Face the Beat Session 4

  • Re-Charge Music Compilation

BLINDWORKS

2002 - 2005

BASS, SOUND DESIGN, PRODUCTION

Categories: Indie and alternative rock.

Releases: 

  • Space Heaters EP

ANIMADVERSION

1998-1999

KEYBOARDS, SAMPLING, GUITAR, BASS, VOCALS, PRODCUTION

Categories: Electronic, industrial and synth pop.

Releases: 

  • Release Number One

  • Release Number Two

  • Release Number Two 2017 Remix (by SoundSpade)

DIES IRAE! US

1995 - 1998

BASS, SAMPLING, KEYBOARD, PRODUCTION

Categories: Dark pop, electronic and industrial.

Releases: 

  • Dogma

  • Unbelievers EP

  • Wave Gothic Treffer Live

MUSIC EVENTS

VOLTAGE DIVIDER

2014-2019

SHANGHAI / BEIJING

Voltage Divider is a bi-monthly experimental live electronic music night that was started by Benjamin Bacon in Shanghai. The goal of the event was to bring together Beijing and Shanghai (occasionally Hong Kong) musicians that have diverse music styles to dedicate a night to the showcase of electronic music, and to encourage musical exchange between the two cities. Voltage Divider - Snapline was listed as one of the top underground shows of 2015 in Smart Shanghai.

Selected reviews on Voltage Divider and his music during that period:

- Listen to his conversation about AI and art with musician and artist Wang Changcun at B-Side China Podcast and RADII journalist Josh Feola.

- View the MANA Shot interview video  where SoundSpade talks about his experimental works and instrument design. 

See a selection of Voltage Divider event posters in a slideshow on the right.

BLACK EYELINER

2012 - 2015

SHANGHAI / BEIJING

Black Eyeliner is a monthly multimedia DJ night that was started by Benjamin Bacon and Alex Chow in Beijing. We strive to bring a diverse variety of music to the Beijing underground music scene. Blackeyeliner is produced by Dogma and has been featured in

magazines such as Timeout Beijing, City Weekend.

Selected reviews on Black Eyeliner and his music during that period: The Beijinger,  Side-Line Magazine.

See a selection of Black Eyeliner event posters in a slideshow on the right.