Chris Madak (Bee Mask) Chris Madak (Bee Mask)

Bee Mask (est. 2004) is a project of Chris Madak and a vehicle for an intricate and deeply warped idea of modern electronic music which draws equally on the ecstatic human/machine couplings of 1970s west coast synthesis, the fractured gloss of sampler concrète, the iridescent thumbprint of High Minimalism on the humid throb of trunk bass, and the barely- sublimated currents of vertigo and terror that course beneath the most unsettling moments in the canon of home-recorded psychedelia.
The 2011 reissue of Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico on the Spectrum Spools imprint of Editions Mego revealed Bee Mask’s place on the leading edge of a world in which distinctions between “head music” and “body music” no longer apply. In the wake of Canzoni and the double LP retrospective Elegy for Beach Friday, Chris has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Europe and completed commissioned electroacoustic works dedicated to The Sonic Arts Union and John Cage. In 2012, Bee Mask debuted on the Room40 label with the Vaporware / Scanops 12″ and returned to Spectrum Spools with the full-length When We Were Eating Unripe Pears.