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The Gender Amplified Music Festival 2013 took place on September 28 at Barnard College in New York City. Watch the recap above and get more info below.

 

Program People Workshops and Discussions

On September 28, 2013, women and girls from around the United States will come together for a free, day-long event on the Barnard College campus in New York City to discuss the state of women in music production, how to get involved in the technical side of the music industry, and the relationship between music production and commerce. The festival will feature live performances by artists including THEESatisfaction, Alluxe aka Laura Escudé (Electronic Creatives), and Genesis Be, industry panels, and instructional workshops geared to high school youth to encourage them to pursue studies in music production and technology.

THEESatisfaction

Program

 

11:15 AM – 12 PM

Registration and Lunch Pickup
Ground Floor Lobby and Event Oval Lobby, Diana Center

12:00 – 12:45

Workshop Session 1

  • Turntablism 101* with DJ Reborn
    Diana Center LL 103
  • What is Sound* with Kallie Marie
    Diana Center 504
  • Maschine Workshop with Ebonie Smith
    Diana Center LL 104

 

1:00 – 1:45

Workshop Session 2

  • Music Production and Composition for Children’s Media with Michele Darling
    Diana Center LL 103
  • Music Publishing 101* with Angela Hunte
    Diana Center 504
  • Music Production on Smart Phones: An Introduction* with Ebonie Smith
    Diana Center LL 104

 

2:00 – 2:45

Workshop Session 3

  • Studio Ownership with Abhita Austin
    Diana Center LL 103
  • The Artist/Producer: Working Both Sides of the Console with Erica Glyn
    Diana Center LL 104
  • Beat Sharing Session and Open Space* with Ebonie Smith
    Diana Center 504

 

3:00 – 3:45

Producing Music and Media, Producing Culture: Gender Justice and the Artist/Producer Relationship in Hip-Hop*
Held Lecture Hall, 304 Barnard Hall
A Discussion and Performance with Invincible and Pri the Honeydark

4:00 – 5:30

Exploring the Impact of Women in Music Production
Held Lecture Hall, 304 Barnard Hall
Virginia Gildersleeve Panel Discussion with Maureen Mahon, Barb Morrison, Angela Piva, Brian K. Smith, and Ebonie Smith (moderator)

5:30 – 6:30

Reception and Networking
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

6:30 – 7:30

Performance: Genesis Be
Event Oval, Diana Center

8:00 – 9:00

Performance: Alluxe aka Laura Escudé
Event Oval, Diana Center

9:30 – 11:00

Performance: THEESatisfaction
Event Oval, Diana Center

* Youth-friendly.

Instructional Workshops & Discussion

  • Music Production for Film & TV: Come learn the ways in which music and sound editing are used to enhance the moving image. Learn about the concept of syncing sound to images and the production technologies associated with the field.
  • Turntablism 101: DJs are the center of today’s music culture. From DJ Rheka to DJ Havana Brown, women are gaining an international following as masters of the mix. In this tutorial, festival participants will have a chance to observe the basics of scratching vinyl records and mixing 2-3 pre-produced songs together. Topics covered will include: turntable anatomy, basic scratch techniques, set composition and popular DJ software. This workshop will require one set of industry standard turntables and a monitoring system.
  • Music Production on Smart Phones: An Introduction to Music Production on Mobile Devices for Girls: Today’s youth are attached to their mobile devices. From the iPad to the BlackBerry, sophisticated mobile technologies enable users to create music anywhere and everywhere. The aim of this workshop is to expose young girls to the power of their mobile devices and the ever-changing landscape of music technologies. Some mobile applications that will be presented include: BeatMaker, Maschine and FourTrack.
  • Music Publishing for Dummies: This workshop is intended for experienced musicians who are interested in learning how to exploit their art in the music marketplace. The goal is to demystify the steps between making content and making money from content. This workshop will provide an analysis of major music dissemination outlets (i.e. radio airplay, film synchronization, album placement, television synchronization, music for videogames, etc.) and how to independently get music to them.
  • What is Sound? This workshop concentrates on the fundamental components of a sound wave, and the basics of sound. A basic understanding of each of the components of a sound wave will be explored, and the terminology related to each will be discussed, as they are integral to an audio student who plans to work in recording or music creation. Amplitude, Frequency, Velocity and Phase will be explored. Participants will explore and engage with thinking about how sound surrounds us, and how it behaves in an environment. This is a whirlwind introduction to the world of sound around us all!
  • Studio Ownership: Come join music producer, engineer and studio owner Abhita Austin (who has worked with numerous artists including Missy Elliot, Christina Aguilera, and Common) as she discuss her journey from studio intern to being the owner of Hidden Chapel Studios, a boutique production house and recording studio. Hear her advice on constructing a recording studio, creating a sustainable business model and working with some of biggest clients in the music business.
  • Producing Music and Media, Producing Culture: Gender Justice and the Artist/Producer Relationship in Hip-Hop: Music producer/emcee Pri the Honey Dark and emcee/activist/media producer Invincible dialogue about their journey as champions for gender justice in hip hop. They will talk about the power of media and music production as a way to transform culture, and how their work with Anomolies anti-misogyny Hip-Hop collective, has allowed them to retain control of their own voices and inspire legions of other artists in the process. The conversation will be followed by a brief performance.
  • The Artist/Producer: Working on Both Sides of the Console: Are you a singer or songwriter interested in learning more about the world of music production? Come join Erica Glyn as she talks about her journey from working as a singer/songwriter to producing for herself as well as other artists, then discuss the process to doing so yourself. Learn how to move behind the console and gain helpful tips about diversifying your skill set as an independent artist.
  • Beat Sharing Session and Open Space: This session will provide a low-key space for people to try out making tracks (bring your own laptop) and sharing them via soundcloud. Chat with other aspiring music producers and offer and receive feedback on your work.

People

Abhita Austin
Abhita Austin

Workshop Leader, Studio Ownership
With over ten years of experience, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Hidden Chapel Studios Abhita Austin serves as a unique talent to the recording industry. An alumna of New York University’s Music Technology program, Abhita began her career in the late 90s at Quad recording studios in Manhattan, where she developed her craft while working with artists like Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliot, Common, and R&B legend Roy Ayers. Abhita went on to record and mix songs for chart-topping artists like Anthony Hamilton and Craig David, and for Grammy Award winning R&B group Product G&B. Serving as Staff Engineer for 3 years at Sabella Recording Studios, Abhita “energized” the atmosphere and worked with artists from a variety of genres. Today, Abhita is best known for her outstanding Pro Tools editing skills and is often referred to as “the Doctor” by many of her clients who liken the care and expertise that she applies to generating an exceptional product to that of a “professional healer.” In 2009, Abhita expanded her creative vision and opened Hidden Chapel Studios, a boutique production facility in the heart of Long Island. Hidden Chapel Studios provides a retreat atmosphere enabling artists and professionals to create in a low-stress environment. In addition, Abhita serves as the Technical Instructor for the Future Music Moguls program at the NYU Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.

Genesis Be
Genesis Be

Performer
Genesis Be is the founder of the entertainment company Open Sky Artworks, a radio personality on WNYU for “Hip Hop & Her Family,” a student at the Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music, and a Political Science Student, Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar, Katrina Survivor, activist, blogger, and recording artist. Raised in Mississippi, Genesis Be comes from a family with strong ties to the civil rights movement and has been involved with activism and protests since age 6 against police violence, racism, and the Iraq War. Featured in numerous articles in southern Mississippi’s Sun Herald and on talk radio shows, Genesis Be has been utilizing her artistry and voice to make a change since she was young girl. At age 13, she discovered her ability to write and deliver rap lyrics with unbelievable precision. Her delivery displayed impeccable articulation, the use of intricate rhyme schemes, and a captivating stage presence. At age sixteen Genesis Be produced a mix tape, “16 In America,” which introduced her the world of Mississippi’s underground hip-hop scene. The young lyricist promoted the mix tape by sneaking into clubs and battling local male rappers. Her single “Why?” was a powerful social commentary performed over the instrumental of 50-Cent’s “Many Men.” The song opens with the line, “It’s too much pain for my body to endure, the whole world is sick, and I’m the only cure.” As a teenager, Genesis Be performed with The Gulf Coast Youth Symphony, The Ying Yang Twins, 8 Ball/MJG, Trillville and Lil Webbie. After Hurricane Katrina hit, Genesis Be struggled to make sense of the tragedy and began to work on her 3rd album “19 In America.” She re-applied to The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (at NYU) and graduated from the highly selective program in 2011. She currently resides in Brooklyn and is working non-stop to promote her album by street teaming and performances. She has blessed the stage at The Blue Note, Webster Hall, The Knitting Factory,The Magic Johnson Theater, Sullivan Hall, The Bowery Poetry, Sin Sin Freestyle Mondays, Crash Mansion, The National Underground and the XR Bar among others. She was recently a featured artist for Shady 45’s “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” and was also featured in The Washington Square News, Student Maximus Magazine and numerous blogs including Buzzfeed.com. Genesis Be just finished recording her 5th studio project “GENESEQUA.” Her first single, “Don’t Touch” has been well received among the underground strip club scene in MS and Louisiana as well as YouTube consumers, garnishing over 23k within the first two weeks of release. Her second single “Tampons & Tylenol” has been featured in The Village Voice, L.A. Times & The Daily Beast.

Michele Darling
Michele Darling

Workshop Leader, Music Production and Composition for Moving Image in Children’s Media
Michele Darling is a sound designer, recording engineer and electronic musician. As a former classical flautist who studied at Indiana University, she discovered the world of music production and technology and went on get a master’s degree from NYU Steinhardt’s music technology program. Since then, Darling has been a long term sound designer for an Emmy award winning production team at Sesame Workshop. She has also done sound design, music, ADR, and/or audio editing for such other companies as HBO Family, The Learning Channel, 4Kids Entertainment (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles among others), Mind Candy, Basic Fun and The Criterion Collection. Her company, Audio FX Lab, is an online royalty-free sound effects library, which provides audio content to professional sound designers worldwide. In her free time, Darling composes and designs audio environments for performance, film, and installations with composer Terry Golob under the name Aerostatic. Their work has been featured in shows and festivals throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and Australia. Darling is also the founding member and music producer of a funk/house/electro performance collective based in NYC called Girls Like Bass. Since 2005, Darling has been an educator in the field of music production. A former Associate Professor of Audio at Long Island University Brooklyn, she currently brings her knowledge of music production and education to Dubspot as their Director of Education.

Alluxe
Alluxe aka Laura Escudé (Electronic Creatives)

Performer
Laura Escudé has become a leading figure in the contemporary electronic music and technology realms; a visionary for the future of music. With a forthcoming album on the rise, Escudé has now turned her head fully to electronic music’s future, creating a brand new sound under a new moniker: Alluxe. As Escudé is known around the world for her expertise in music technology and programming, her gigantic Alluxe sound is set to take the electronic scene by surprise. The former award-winning concerto and symphony violinist produces some of the most growling, banging and gritty electronic beats in the game. Being an internationally renowned sound designer, music technologist, composer and acclaimed violinist, Laura has been at the forefront of how new music is created and performed for the last decade. She’s not only been an important figure behind the curtain of some of the most revered concerts around the globe, programming and designing shows for the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Herbie Hancock, Cat Power, Bon Iver, Drake, Silversun Pickups, Garbage, Childish Gambino and M83. She’s additionally been heard in the background of a few iconic hip hop records, with her string arrangements featured on Kanye West’s “Dark Fantasy” tour, violin on the “Watch The Throne” album and on HitBoy’s mixtape HitStory. Meanwhile, she’s also been front-and-center in the world of music technology, becoming one the first internationally certified Ableton Live Trainers in 2008, and being the owner and founder of Electronic Creatives, an Ableton Certified Training Center. Electronic Creatives caters to the touring industry by translating music from the studio to the stage using the most current, innovative technology and by supplying technicians for numerous A-list tours. With Alluxe, Escudé puts focus on her craft as a producer, composer and performer. And the response spread instantaneously: she’s already opened for the likes of Garbage and RYAT, and performed at LA’s Low End Theory, in addition to being commissioned for remixes by M83 (‘Steve McQueen’) and Poliça (‘Lay Your Cards Out’). Alluxe productions take deep, dark bass music into entirely new dimensions, creating detailed compositions indicative of Escudé’s orchestral background. Channeling an edge of darkness, the Alluxe sound is big-room and cinematic, with dramatic builds and razor sharp percussion. Crafting tactile, textured sounds and dense rhythms, electronic music gets taken to a different realm of futurism. Symphonic compositions for a post Apocalyptic world.

Erica Glyn
Erica Glyn

Workshop Leader, The Artist/Producer: Working on Both Sides of the Console
New York City based artist/producer Erica Glyn is an amplifying force in the music industry. She produces a unique and intriguing sound, mixing elements of trip-hop, rocktronica and a splash of psychedelic rock with her captivating vocals and commanding lyrics. Erica leans towards the unconventional, experimenting with instrumentation and tonal effects, which garner her comparisons to boundary-pushing powerhouses like Florence Welch and Fiona Apple. She has been described as “a heck of a talent… among the few who could restore your faith in organized sound.” STATIC, the latest release written, recorded and produced solely by Erica, met with critical acclaim. Erica began her career working with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Bob Power, on albums by India.Arie, The Roots, Ozomatli, Citizen Cope and Meshell Ndegeocello among others. As an engineer, Erica has worked with a variety of notable personalities that include Hillary Clinton, Clive Davis, Hoda Kotb, Harvey Firestein, Aaron Tveit, Ed Westwick, Richard Clarke (Audie Award), Stephen Colbert, Frank McCourt (Audie Award), Joan Rivers, Uma Thurman, Dr. Oz, Mariane Pearl (Audie Award), Valerie Plame, Michael J. Fox (Audie Award) and John Lithgow (Audie Award), the latter two projects both garnering Grammy nominations. Erica also produces, composes and performs music for multimedia installation projects with live video artist Laia Cabrera and live animator Isabelle Duverger, and is currently recording material for her forthcoming album, due out mid-2013.

Pri the Honeydark
Pri the Honeydark

Speaker, Producing Music and Media, Producing Culture: Gender Justice and the Artist/Producer Relationship in Hip-Hop
Pri the Honeydark is an MC and music producer from Queens, New York. Pri (pronounced Pree) is the Vibe Magazine, Blaze Magazine and the Everlast Boxing MC Battle Champion. She is also the Istandard Producers showcase 1st Runner Up and a member of the well known underground Hip Hop collective, The Anomolies. Pri the Honeydark has been featured in various publications, including Vibe, Blaze Magazine, OneWorld, The Source, and Remix Magazine. She has also been featured in television and film and was also noted in the B.E.T. documentary, “My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women In Hip Hop.” Pri the Honeydark is currently the founder of The Female Producers Association, a networking organization for creative women worldwide. She also produces and licenses music for television and her work has been recently featured on MTV. Outside of music, Pri the Honeydark is a mentor, photographer, carpenter, interior designer, artist and mother. Pri is also passionate about the fight against autism as she like many others has raised a child dealing with autism. Pri the Honeydark believes creativity is the key to knowledge, healing and understanding and with creativity, all things are possible.

Invincible
Invincible

Speaker, Producing Music and Media, Producing Culture: Gender Justice and the Artist/Producer Relationship in Hip-Hop
It is truly rare to find an artist like Invincible. Their spitfire wordplay has received acclaim from fans all across the world, while their active involvement in progressive social change has taken their music beyond entertainment toward actualizing the change they wish to see. As a co-founder of EMERGENCE Media, they released their debut album ShapeShifters (2008) and produced award winning videos like The Revival (2009) about women in hip-hop, and Locusts (2008) exploring displacement and gentrification in Detroit. They have performed on stages and in clubs, community centers, campuses, pride celebrations, and festivals around the world for over a decade, both as a solo artist, and featured as part of the anti-misogyny Hip-Hop collective ANOMOLIES. In addition to their work as a performing artist, for the last decade Invincible has worked with Detroit Summer, a multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that is transforming communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity and collective action. They were also the co-coordinator and co-founder of the Detroit Future Youth network to support social justice and media-based youth projects throughout the city. Invincible is currently working with renown producer Waajeed (Bling47/DIRT TECH RECK), multimedia artist and creative technologist Carlos Garcia, and visual artist Wesley Taylor on Complex Movements, an interactive multimedia installation based hip-hop collective exploring the relationship between complex sciences and social justice movements.

Maureen Mahon
Maureen Mahon

Speaker, Virginia C. Gildersleeve Panel: Exploring the Impact of Women in Music Production
Maureen Mahon is an associate professor in the Department of Music at New York University. A cultural anthropologist, her research interests include African American music and culture; the construction and performance of race and gender in music; and the relationship between race, class, generation, and culture. She teaches courses on the history of rock and roll, music and the construction of race, fieldwork methods, and African American women and music. She is the author of Right To Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race, an inquiry into the ways African American rock musicians in the 1990s used music and activism to challenge prevailing ideas about black music and identity. Her articles on African-American cultural studies have appeared in academic venues such as American Ethnologist; Journal of Popular Music Studies; Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture; and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society and online at EbonyJet.com and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum website. She has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. She has received a 2013-14 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for her work on her research on the contribution of African American women such as Big Mama Thornton, the Shirelles, Tina Turner, Darlene Love, Betty Davis, and Labelle to rock. Her book on the subject, Beyond Brown Sugar: Voices of African American Women in Rock and Roll, 1953-1984, is under contract with Duke University Press.

Photo by Joy Bell.

Kallie Marie
Kallie Marie

Workshop Leader, What is Sound?
Kallie Marie’s start in audio and music was anything but usual. She actually started out as a ballet dancer and visual artist. As a kid who couldn’t afford her dance lessons she traded time at the dance studio cutting music and creating fades from a record player to tape for the studio owner in exchange for her dance lessons. At 14 she could no longer afford to take dance lessons, but was enrolled in a performing arts high school. She there took up the guitar figuring that music was as close to dance as she could get. She spent all of high school fascinated by rock & roll, and other forms of music, drawing huge inspiration from bands like L7, Nirvana, Bjork, and Danny Elfman. After high school a friend encouraged her to take some recording classes at the local community college. There she found that she was not only good at this melding of technology and art, but that she couldn’t get enough of it. She moved to England and earned her Masters in Music Production/ Composition from the Leeds College of Music. After that she ended up in NYC, and since then has devoted all her time to working as a producer with various artists such as Natalie Mishell, (e)motion Picture, as well as Ashley Hicklin and others. She also devotes time to producing her own band Explosives For Her Majesty. In addition to music production she also is a freelance composer for film, TV, and Dance, and has had her music placed in documentaries, and dance concerts alike. Kallie also devotes a portion of her time to teaching at the Art Institute of NYC and NYU SCPS where she teaches Audio for Multimedia. She is passionate about music, technology, electronics, and recording and sharing those passions with her students. You’ll also find her still dancing, and drinking far too much tea.

Barb Morrison
Barb Morrison

Speaker, Virginia C. Gildersleeve Panel: Exploring the Impact of Women in Music Production
Barb Morrison is a New York based Top 5 Billboard dance chart songwriter, film score composer, and Gold record producer, best known as producer for numerous artists such as Blondie, Rufus Wainwright, L.P. and The Cliks. Like many producers, she discovered mixing through DIY experimentation and her own artistic work. She sees the musician/producer relationship as a collaborative storytelling process requiring trust and creativity. Her website is barbmorrisonmusic.com.

DJ Reborn
DJ Reborn

Workshop Leader, Turntablism 101
Based in New York, DJ Reborn has built an amazing career spinning internationally from concert venues to clubs and museums including the Sydney Opera House, the Whitney museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Design museum and the Brooklyn museum. She has spun exclusive events for celebrated musicians, artists, and fashion icons such as Metallica, Maxwell and Lauryn Hill, Kara Walker, Wangheci Mutu, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein. She has proudly provided customized soundscapes for Eve Ensler’s V-day project and staged readings for Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History. Reborn was the international tour DJ for Russell Simmons’ Tony award winning Def Poetry Jam as well as musical director and DJ for renowned actor and playwright Will Power’s off Broadway hit show Flow. Media appearances include HBO’s Brave New Voices and the 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards. Reborn is also a youth mentor and arts educator with Urban Word NYC, and has created a workshop for teenage girls that explores DJing, creative writing and critical analysis of women’s images in media culture. She continues to share her knowledge and skill set as a lead instructor at Dubspot, New York’s premier DJing and music production school.

Ebonie Smith
Ebonie Smith

Gender Amplified Founder and Producer
Ebonie Smith is a music producer, songwriter and entrepreneur based in New York City. At the age of seventeen, Ebonie left her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to pursue her musical aspirations in the entertainment capital of New York City. In 2004 Ebonie discovered her love for music production and began using her baby-sitting money to finance her own project recording studio. While an undergraduate student at Barnard College of Columbia University, she began making beats for aspiring artists and establishing herself as an up-and-coming producer/engineer. This initial interest in recording and music technology set Ebonie on a path to discover new and interesting ways of merging her love for music production with a sincere desire to impact social consciousness through musical exploration and education. Ebonie currently works as an audio engineer and producer for Atlantic Records. She also owns and operates Eudora House, an independent, boutique music production and publishing company. Ebonie holds a master’s degree in Music Technology from New York University.

Brian Smith
Brian K. Smith

Speaker, Virginia C. Gildersleeve Panel: Exploring the Impact of Women in Music Production
Brian K. Smith is Professor of Learning Technologies in the School of Education at Drexel University. His research involves the use of computation to support and augment human performance and learning, especially in contexts outside of formal education, as well as bringing creativity to the core of educational practices. Smith moved to Drexel after 3.5 years as Dean of Continuing Education at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he led the development of art and design learning for children, teenagers, and adults. He was also a co-investigator of RISD’s “STEM to STEAM” initiative, an effort to introduce art and design thinking into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research. He was also a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Information Sciences and Technology and the MIT Media Laboratory teaching and researching in computer, learning and information sciences.

THEESatisfaction
THEESatisfaction

Headlining Performers
THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Seattle and Hawaii. The pair live/laugh/love/dance and create in Seattle, WA. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. They met by what was clearly cosmic happenstance at the University of Washington and haven’t stopped the flow since. There’s an album by ‘70s Blue Note flautist Bobbi Humphrey that’s suggestive of THEESatisfaction. The cover is black and white, Humphrey’s afro full and wide; next to her radiant smile a description is inscribed, a paraphrase of which might read:

THEESatisfaction. Where are they coming from? Where are they going to? If we’re straight on our priorities, you’ll be listening to their album while I tell you about some of the answers…

First principle: they’re positive energy. Black energy, black women leaping oceans and continents at a single bound. With positive strength of purpose.

Further, they’re black purity. Hear that in their intonation. Without trickery. They know the gimmicks, scorn to use ’em. Rather, they’ll face you and relate what’s in their hearts, faithfully and incorruptibly.

Immediately embraced for their singular sound, unflinching commentary, and immortal groove, Stas and Cat made friends, fans and family from coast to coast via their own immaculate grind; a combo of sharp digital hustle and self-booked, self-financed tours that connected them to like minds everywhere. Even crowds with nary a right foot between them find the steps when indoctrinated with THEESat’s unorthodox but right-on-time rhythms. Synchronized, sinewy and sensuous, the regal Stas and Cat channel the higher, whipping like waves of space-borne radiation onstage, leaving a trail of glowing observers abuzz like Geiger counters. Like their comrades Shabazz Palaces (you may have heard these two on last year’s move Black Up), THEESatisfaction came upon the scene with lovingly handmade CDs of their self-released albums, the first of which was 2008’s That’s Weird. All has been in preparation for the album they’ve envisioned for years, their debut full-length on Sub Pop Records, awE NaturalE.