[SUBVA2012] Label sampler in a limited edition CD package

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Here’s a selection of tracks from all the subVariant releases. Thirteen special edition physical copies were made and individually signed and numbered (pictured above).
Download the zip file, or click on the track names to download individual MP3s.

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01. Glen Stephani: “Over it Already”
02: Ochre: “Copacetia”
03. Beanbake: “A Bicycle in Your Mind”
04. Phylum Sinter: “Monastic Phase”
05. Kate Simko: “Crystal Palace”
06. Bit Shifter: “The Information Chase”
07. Tapage & Stan Verberkt: “Modular”
08. Edit: “Spare Spork”
09. Proswell: “SC_090608_220727”
10. Redun: “Splt”
11. Quantazelle: “Late Blazing Kinch Theme”
12. XYZR_KX: “Home”
13. si-cut.db: “Crosshatch”
14. Mochipet: “Oly”

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[SUBV008] VA: Frequencity

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Frequencity is a curated compilation featuring quality cross-genre electronic music tracks from Chicagoland musicians. Earlier this year subVariant released a public call for electronic music from area musicians, and in response, a dozen tracks were chosen that represented high quality perspectives on the medium from a talented group of people.

As a sample, Ukrainian Village-based Beanbake opens up the compilation with a grandiose, uplifting track that makes you feel as though you were biking along Lake Shore Drive with a gentle breeze at your back and no joggers to evade. Ella Laurence from the far Northwest side made her classic acid track, “aaaAAH” with the help of her dad, Eric. “Big deal,” you say, right? Oh, did I mention that Ella was 9 months old at the time? Drasla takes Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and twists it into a deeply textured, evocative, IDM-tinged spin on classical from his Chicago base. Elock ends the compilation on a bleepy, squelchy, modulated lo-fi high note with his over the top chiptune party jam, “Ari On Acid.” All this amazingness is delivered to worldwide ears from a select group of people who call Chicago their home.

TRACKLIST (Tracks can be individually downloaded in the music player above)
01. Beanbake: “A Bicycle In Your Mind” [Melodic Electronica]
02. Belmont and Clark: “Dark Compression” [Analogue Electro]
03. Ella Laurence: “aaaAH” [Acid]
04. [esc]APE: “Square Fingers” [Dark Electro]
05. Polyfuse: “Blood on the Urinal” [Electro Industrial]
06. Foe Paw: “Dos Otros” [Prog Rock]
07. XYZR_KX: “Home” [Folk IDM]
08. Mike Gonsior: “Reflections” [Downtempo Electronica]
09. Quantazelle: “Polychromatic Tomatoes” [Melodic Electronica]
10. Lokua: “Hue” [Minimal Techno]
11. Drasla: “Moonlight Somnambula” [Neo-Classical IDM]
12. Elock: “Ari on Acid” [Chiptune]

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We’ve also released an original t-shirt design in the theme of “Chicago Electronic Music” and can be bought here. It features the world CHICAGO stylized in a printed circuit board typography and is available in multiple colors.

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Call for Submissions from Chicago Musicians

UPDATE: Due to initial technical difficulties and summer electronic music festivals (and a lot of begging for more time :-p), the deadline is extended to Monday, June 13, 2011 at 9am. The entries will be listened to through the following week and we’ll let you know if your stuff has been chosen.

Hey, Chicagoland-based electronic musicians! Want to be part of a Chicago electronic music compilation? subVariant is planning to release a free-to-download collection called Frequencity featuring quality songs from regional musicians.

All electronic music genres are welcome, but the final compilation will be a limited selection of tracks chosen by the subVariant A&R team.

subVariant will also release an original t-shirt design in the theme of “Chicago Electronic Music” when the compilation is officially released.

Going with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s definition, participation is only open to musicians in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. Even though Chicago-based Chicagoans tend to scoff at suburbanites who adopt the label, we’ll let this one be open to a larger pool of applicants.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 8pm Monday, June 13 at 9am.

So, got a track or three you think we’ll like? Let us listen!

Fill out the Frequencity Participation Application

Photos from Crowdsourced 1.0


“What really makes a music scene? You know–those certain reasons that make you put on a jacket and promptly head for the El or call a cab just to get there in time. That’s what Chicago Innovative Electronic Music (CIEM) and subVariant are asking via their Crowdsourced 1.0 event: What is it about electronic music that people want to see live?

It really is a heady question. But, CIEM & subVariant’s preliminary answer seems to be: “That which is “crowdsourced.”

To the unfamiliar, “crowdsourced” means that the content that is the most popular “rises to the top” via votes–as in, the crowd chooses what’s the most relevant. On Digg.com (a popular news and entertainment aggregator) the front page is filled with only the content that has been voted up through “diggs.” Threadless is also a good example: only the designs that are voted hottest actually make it to production.

On April 10, CIEM will test their theory in the electronic music world. Electronic music fans and supporters were asked to vote on a number of the submissions from Chicago artists to determine the lineup for the night. After approximately 600 online-votes later, the results were in, and the top four will perform in order of the number of votes recieved.

It’s democracy in electronic music. Like, seriously, democracy. Not that “republic” stuff that’s been thrown around. These artists have been chosen by the people, for the people.

Crowdsourced 1.0:

dreamlogicc 9:15pm [mix]
Protman 8:30pm [mix]
Roth Mobot 7:45pm [mix]
Polyfuse 7:00pm [mix]”

From Crowdsourced 1.0- 4.10.11, posted by Liz Mclean Knight on 3/19/2011 (24 items)

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Vote for Crowdsourced 1.0 Performers at the Empty Bottle

What really makes a music scene? You know–those certain reasons that make you put on a jacket and promptly head for the El or call a cab just to get there in time. That’s what Chicago Innovative Electronic Music (CIEM) and subVariant are asking via their Crowdsourced 1.0 event: What is it about electronic music that people want to see live?

It really is a heady question. But, CIEM & subVariant’s preliminary answer seems to be: “That which is “crowdsourced.”

To the unfamiliar, “crowdsourced” means that the content that is the most popular “rises to the top” via votes–as in, the crowd chooses what’s the most relevant. On Digg.com (a popular news and entertainment aggregator) the front page is filled with only the content that has been voted up through “diggs.” Threadless is also a good example: only the designs that are voted hottest actually make it to production.

On April 10, CIEM will test their theory in the electronic music world. Vote on mixes from local electronic music artisians to fill the four slots in the show that runs from 7pm to 10pm. And when you show up…it will be “crowdsourced.” Meaning, everyone there was voted into their slot.

It’s democracy in electronic music. Like, seriously, democracy. Not that "republic" stuff that’s been thrown around. Your vote actually has a say on whether this artist’s sounds assault your ears for 30 minutes or not. Think carefully and vote.

Go to subvariant.com to vote for your favorite artist. The contenders are Kawa, Protman, [esc]ape, Justin McGrath, dreamlogicc, Roth Mobot, and Liz Revision.

Vote early and encourage your friends to vote as well.

Crowdsourced 1.0
The Empty Bottle

7pm – 10pm
$3
1035 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 

Here are the contenders:

Rebound Kawa DJmix by Kawa


Alphabasic Arctic Tour 2011 Portland Whiskey Bar Live by Protman


Vista damage mixdown by [esc]ape


Audition For Randy by Justin McGrath

Live on RTS.FM by dreamlogicc

Latest tracks by RothMobot

The Consequences by Liz Revision on Mixcloud

Voting ends Friday, March 25.

[SUBV003] VA: Teh Choons

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Prepare to be blown away by the innovative minds behind Teh Choons.

From the beautiful, sonic intricacies of Phylum Sinter’s “Ethyltrine
Lumens” to the raging, dancefloor-igniting, Gameboy-created (yes, those
Nintendo handhelds from the 1990s) “Information Chase” by Bitshifter,
these twelve tracks will leave you craving for more sonic mind-candy.

01. BIT SHIFTER: “The Information Chase”
02. KATE SIMKO: “Crystal Palace”
03. BETA: “Warsport Mix 2”
04. QUANTAZELLE: “Digital Love”
05. PROTMAN: “120jubb”
06. JOHNNY SQUARE: “CSdrummer”
07. PHYLUM SINTER: “Ethyltrine Lumens”
08. MILES TILMANN: “Slither”
09. SI-CUT.DB: “Crosshatch”
10. NULLSLEEP: “Her Lazer Light Eyes”
11. MARSHALL WATSON: “Apart It Means Nothing”
12. PRAVEEN: “Dungeon Juice”

 

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