Beat Research is a monthly event promoting experimental party music.
Beat Research began in March 2004 at the Enormous Room in Central Square. The brainchild of multimedia artists Jake Trussell (DJ C) and Antony Flackett (DJ Flack), who teaches a hands-on class at MassArt by the same name, Beat Research provided a new base for the genre-bending sets the two had been playing since throwing parties with the Toneburst Collective in the late 90s. Bridging parochial club divides, Flack and C would overlay dub and jungle, hip-hop and dubstep, dancehall and bhangra and beats from all over. After co-hosting the residency for 3+ years, in 2007 DJ C moved to Chicago while musicologist and blogger Wayne Marshall (Wayne & Wax) returned to Cambridge, bringing his big Caribbeanist ears, YouTube dragnet, and love of "musically-expressed ideas about music" to the mix. In September 2012, our long time friend and collaborator Pacey Foster (aka DJ PACE) a true Beat Scholar/PartyRocker took over co-host duties from Wayne and is now holding it down strong with Flack.
In its 7.5 year run at the Enormous Room, Beat Research played host to some of the best and brightest DJs and producers of underground bass music in the world, gave a number of young Boston luminaries their first gig, and presented an utterly motley collection of tech-addled live PAs. The long list of special guests includes Scuba, DJ Rupture, Kingdom, edIT, Mungo's Hi-Fi, Uproot Andy, and thereminist Pamelia Kurstin. Consistently topping local polls, Beat Research has been hard to beat for anyone seeking out extraordinary sounds early in the week, and its hosts prided themselves on offering a free weekly session for discerning dancers and enthusiastic head-nodders.
When the Enormous Room suddenly shut down in early October 2011, BR located their festivities to the venerable GoodLife in downtown Boston - and in 2015 they moved their monthly back across the river to Firebrand Saints in Kendall Square Cambridge - a great spot owned by the Enormous Room's Gary Strack.