the Square Root of Evil

Weird and danceable electronic from Vancouver BC
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the Square Root of Evil

Knobs and Dials Intermediate Amateur
Arranging Advanced Amateur
Other: Laptop
Composing since 1999, playing out since 2004, the Square Root of Evil (aka Jen Pearson) has been featured on over half a dozen compilations on US, UK & Canadian labels including Toast and Jam's "We Bore 2" and Uncharted Audio's "Idea Hoard Uncut". She has released two EPs, "Chirping Data" out on Belladonna (, and "Killerbytes" which can be downloaded from Xynthetic ( She represented Vancouver in the 2006 North American Laptop Battle Championship in Seattle after making her way to the top in her hometown, and has played countless live shows in Vancouver and Europe, including festivals such as Soundwave and Mutek. She has played alongside such artists as Venetian Snares, Books on Tape, FFF, Cursor Miner, and Captain Ahab, and has received glowing reviews in Grooves and XLR8R magazines. Her work has been described as everything from IDM, Acid, Techno, 8-bit, Drum 'n Bass, Glitch & Jungle, as the sub-sub-sub genres continue to split further & further... leaning towards frantic & somewhat complex rhythms made with squelchy low-fi sounds, making people smile while they dance. She's done some touring and has been threatening to release another EP, so be on the lookout for performances and new material by this Canadian electronic artist.
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