[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.

[Play on Spotify]

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”

[Download .ZIP File]

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

[4.10.11] Crowdsourced 1.0: dreamlogicc, Protman, Roth Mobot, Polyfuse





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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]

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

Here were 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 dreamlogic

Latest tracks by RothMobot

The Consequences by Liz Revision


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.

“Audition” to open for Randy Garcia on April 10 at the Empty Bottle

You can have a chance to open up for Randy Garcia at the Empty Bottle! And we all get to vote. 🙂

He plays an upbeat, melodic blend of low-fi / 8bit / glitch/ IDM combined with live instrumentation and is currently on tour to support his new album to be released in April, Resurgens which features a vocal-heavy approach, bolstered by the guest talents of NNXT, DiViNCi (of S.O.S), Plusses and Ups, Tricil, Labtob and long-time collaborator Threv.


RANDY GARCIA’S MUSIC: http://randygarcia.com/wp/music-2/listen

SUBMISSION RULES:
– Confirm that you will be available to play on Sunday April 10 at 7 or 8pm
– Upload a DJ mix or Live PA of about an hour that shows your typical performance by Sunday, March 13 and mail the link to [email protected] Please do NOT use a free download service like Megaupload where you have to download the whole file to listen to it. Some great free services to host DJ mixes & live sets: http://www.mixcloud.com or http://www.soundcloud.com
– We’ll sort through the submissions and choose the finalists
– Then you guys get to vote on your favorite submission. There will be two opening slots.
– Voting will end on Saturday March 19

DETAILS FOR THE SHOW:
Sunday, April 10, 2011
R_Garcia [Nophi, subVariant] + TBA 
7pm – 10pm Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
$ TBD

Brought to you byChicago Innovative Electronic Music [CIEM]and subVariant

BIO: 
R_Garcia (Randy Garcia), born April 20th, 1977 in Miami, FL, is a
modern electronic composer, producer and multi-instrumental performer.
Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Garcia heads the seminal Nophi
Recordings, as well as the annual Nophest Summer Music Festival. In
addition to his solo work, he composes and tours as part of the
critically acclaimed art-rock band, Nerd Parade.


Known primarily for his involvement in the genesis of the American IDM 
(Intelligent Dance Music) movement, R_Garcia has long employed a punk
rock ethic in his musical endeavors, often eschewing traditional
industry practices in favor of a DIY philosophy.
NOPHI RECORDINGS
“In 1998, Nophi Recordings was founded by R_Garcia and Mic Mell.
Nophi’s focus would be instrumental and electronic music, relying
heavily on a handmade aesthetic and grass-roots promotion.
Nophi flourished through the 2000′sbefore finally undergoing an overhaul  in 2009 — when the label won Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta 2009  awards for “Best Record Label (Readers Choice).”

RECENT & CURRENT
Beginning in 2007, R.Garcia released an onslaught of both new and
previously unreleased material. Among those recordings are three of
Garcia’s most adventurous works: A Delicate Bashing, which introduced
his live band, Nerd Parade; The largely acoustic I Used to Write on
Walls
; and the Critically acclaimed LP of instrumental love songs,
Everything Ever. All three recordings heavily tied Garcia’s affinity
for live instrumentation to electronic production and set the stage
for the future of his music.

By 2010, R_Garcia had been invited to score a television commercial
for Kelloggs and work closely with Grammy Candidates 3KStatic on
Evolver, a unique sample and loop CD for Sony Creative Software. He
also produced recordings and remixes for Pearl Future, Kevin Max (of
DC Talk), Pop Will Eat Itself and Julie Slick (Adrian Belew). In April
of 2011, Garcia will release his next LP, Resurgens which features a
vocal-heavy approach, bolstered by the guest talents of NNXT, DiViNCi
(of S.O.S), Plusses and Ups, Tricil, Labtob and long-time collaborator
Threv.

Open Channel 3: Chicago Electronic Open Mic

Sort of like it’s analog cousin, Open Channel is an non-curated musician’s showcase in a supportive, relaxed environment, except it showcases electronic music, either through DJing or Live PAs. You will get 20 minutes to show off what you do musically, and then listen to other people doing the same thing.

There are 12 slots open. The first 12 people who RSVP and pay will be guaranteed a slot. Playing order will be determined on the date of the performance.


You are also absolutely welcome to bring friends, or just come as a spectator!

There is a suggested donation of $5.

TECH STUFF:


* You will be plugging in to an open channel on the mixer with one RCA cable from your gear. We will have 2 people set up on the table and then use the mixer to fade between people when they are ready to go, without dead air. Please try to stick to the 20 minute limit so everyone gets a chance to play.

* There are no monitors, but the room is not huge and the space is carpeted.

* Please note that there is not a lot of room at the front of house, so try to keep your gear footprint to the smallest you can manage (ie: there is no room to set up a full drum kit, so don’t bring it). The ideal setup would be a laptop plus one or two pieces of outboard gear / MIDI controllers.

* You will be plugging into a Beringer mixer so you will need to have L/R 1/4″ mono plugs out

Scroll to MULTIKULTI on the call box to get buzzed in and go up to the 4th floor. The space is an art + media collective and gallery. BYOB.

Text / call me personally at (312) 869-4647.

Please say OPEN CHANNEL at the buzzer or door so you can be directed to the right room. See you soon!

Multikulti
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave, 4th Fl
Chicago IL 60647
7pm-11:30pm

Bit Shifter on Halloween gets a lot of press-love!

 

From experimental blips to industrial and drum ‘n’ bass flavored bangers, to saccharine unabashed pop tendencies, Bit Shifter is a dynamic live presence, pushing as much output from his custom setup featuring Nintendo Game Boys outfitted with homebrewed cartridges and perhaps the maximum emotional output capable from eight puny bits of power. -NEW CITY CHICAGO (“Preview: 8bit Halloween featuring Bit Shifter/AI Lounge“)

If an evening of off-the-radar music is up your alley, then our pick for one of Halloween weekend’s most interesting events will pique your interest. 8bit Halloween at AI Lounge hosts one of the world’s premiere 8bit electronic musicians, Josh Davis aka Bit Shifter. Playing his entire set out of a pair of Nintendo Game Boys, Davis pushes the boundaries of sonic experimentation. – CHICAGOIST (“Halloweek in Music”)

Our friend + previous Dorkbot Chicago presenter Liz Revision is organizing an 8bit Halloween ft. Bit Shifter here in CHICAGO. DORKBOT CHICAGO. (“8bit Halloween ft. Bit Shifter CHICAGO”)

*EDITOR’S PICK – Going.com

It’s all in celebration of a Halloweeen party Saturday night in Chicago, headlined by Josh Davis (BitShifter). Party ringleader Liz joins Josh on behalf of subVariant to represent the IDM-glitch-minimal-tech-house side of things, and Mr. Automatic (Front 312) and Onefiftyone (Chicago Workshop) will be joining in. If you’re in Chicago, this looks like the place to spend your Saturday.–CREATE DIGITAL MUSIC (“Happy Halloween: Exclusive Free Liz Revision Mix, Party in Chicago with Bit Shifter“)

Shout-outs to our sponsoring friends:

Music Industry Workshop [The area’s largest music industry training facility w/ Certified Ableton Trainers]
Transistor [Art | Electronics | Music | Books | awesome store on the north side]
Mac Specialist [Premier Apple Macintosh computer specialist with sales, service, training, consulting, networking and internet access in the Chicagoland area]
Fractalspin [The ultimate online geek boutique / techcessories destination]
Dreamdaze [Live visuals / electronic music]
Kumar McMillan / FarmDev [nerdery^64 / music]
Skewerz [Wicker Park – Hawaiian Fusion]