Cepia

“With its multi-layered commingling of clanking beats and melancholy themes, [Cepia’s Dowry album] follows in the mechanical footsteps of Autechre [and] Funkstorung, … [and] the title track, where stately melodies stubbornly bleed through entangling tendrils of squawks, whirrs, and clicks, is the real stunner. A strong debut from Mr. Miller, ” gushes Textura magazine. Basking in the live-generated sounds of Cepia in Sonotheque’s top-notch Funktion One sound system will truly be a spine-tingling, moving experience. We’re honored to have DJ Warp, AKA Brian Keigher as a fitting complement to Cepia. As one of Chicago’s premiere electronic music DJs he’s shared the bill with a veritable who’s-who of contemporary artists like Autechre, Luke Vibert, DR Alex Paterson (of The Orb), DJ Spooky, Prefuse 73, Jack Dangers (of Meat Beat Manifesto), Richard Devine, Scanner, and John Tejada

  • Tuesday, November 13th at Sonotheque
  • 1444 W. Chicago Ave.
  • $5
  • 21+
  • 9pm to 2am

Cepia (Minneapolis) supports his new album Natura Morta on Ghostly International, artfully combining an finely-tuned orchestra of clicks and whirrs with majestic melodies, and Chicago’s own DJ Warp provides corresponding support with a set of IDM, abstract electronica and ambient. Residents Emulsion and Liz Revision DJ IDM, ambient electro and glitchy techno throughout the night.

Near the Parenthesis

XLR8R remarks that Near the Parenthesis’ music consists of “soundscapes that drift between ethereal and melancholy so skillfully it’s impossible to track how this artist moves from one musical point to the next,” and we think it’s a fitting description for music as complex as that of Tim Arndt. You would think that headphones provide the right ambiance to experience his music, but Sonotheque on Tuesday December 11 with the help of DJ Chris Widman’s eclectic music library and support from Ramp Chicago residents Emulsion and Liz Revision will provide the ideal environment to take in NTP’s futuristic-yet-emotional auditory productions.

Near the Parenthesis’ label N5md aptly describes his work as “spiraling piano sonnets…juxtaposed against sweeping cascades of grainy synth washes and agile, yet carefully executed, beat work,” and his history sheds some light on the origins of his style. Currently based in San Francisco, Tim started his musical career in experimental bands like Urban Needle playing conventional instruments—piano and guitar—which explains his acute sense of melody as well as his penchant for taking chances with music. With his early projects serving as a foundation for his solo work, Tim has managed to carve out a distinct niche that pairs experimental sound design with emotional resonance in a mind-blowing manner.

DJ Chris Widman similarly wades out across diverse stylistic influences while at the same time stands bravely in the stream of quality contemporary electronic music. Opening for such heterogeneous acts such as Ulrich Schnauss, The Orb, Monolake, Unkle, John Tejada, M83, Matthew Dear and Plaid, Chris proves time and again his ability to deftly sculpt a set to suit the vibe of each particular night. And with his long-running affiliation with the Abstract Science crew and associated 88.7 FM WLUW radio show, he’s sure to both surprise and elicit approving head-nods with his sets. Residents Emulsion and Liz Revision contribute DJ sets featuring melodic IDM, gorgeous-yet-clickly ambient, and blippy, increasingly-techno beats as the night progresses.

Miles Tilmann, Mystery Palace

 

Many Boards of Canada fanboys and fangirls were disappointed with the Scottish band’s latest albums, finding them insubstantial frottages of their profound, emotionally resonant, layered-synth-heavy earlier work. Tycho’s stellar show at Sonotheque in March proved that the legacy of early Boards can live on in the hands of contemporary artists without being flatly derivative, and this September 11th our guest of honor, Miles Tilmann, will take the reins and lead us all on a consummate sonic journey of his own design.

“Miles’ music is powered by a blend of deep atmospherics and heavy sequencing, balanced with live keyboards, field recordings and a broad assortment of rhythm,” the Consumer’s Label tells us. So while he’s got a solid grasp on powerfully emotional ambient soundscapes, the kid has beat skills and is not afraid to use them. But rave-kick-tendencies aside, he’s not an easy one to figure out. Much in the same way as Boards of Canada encodes symbolism and esoteric references into their music, Miles often encodes a loftier goal beneath the surface of what you hear. In an interview with Modsquare.com, Miles spoke of his album Over and Through as a sonic metaphor of the fetus’ experience during the late stages of pregnancy and subsequent birth. Wow. Be prepared to be completely overwhelmed by Miles’ latest compositions—in a good way.

And talk about impressive–Ryan Olcott of supporting band Mystery Palace earned a prestigious rank of 10.0 from the impenetrable tastemaker’s music review site Pitchfork.com for his 12 Rod project’s album, Gay? As if that wasn’t enough trainspotter cred to throw around, the Minnesota-based Mystery Palace has achieved the lofty-yet-often-unsuccessful goal of merging an indie-rock live band with experimental, circuit-bent electronics, fusing quixotic sequences and textures with a very human rhythm section. Seriously, how could you pass this up?

  • Tuesday, September 11th at Sonotheque
  • 1444 W. Chicago Ave.
  • $5
  • 21+
  • 9pm to 2am

Miles Tilmann combines powerfully emotional ambient soundscapes with his inimitable rhythmic sense while supporting act Mystery Palace proves that circuit-bending and rocking out are just as compatible at Ramp Chicago’s 2nd Tuesdays at Sonotheque. Residents Emulsion and Liz Revision spin throughout the night. Also check out video resident Spiderback, and local guests Dreamdaze and Amputeenie throwing down live visuals all night.