Electronic Sound + Art Chicago launches with a 2 room multimedia event at the Viaduct Theater in Chicago, featuring CHICAGO/MIDWEST DEBUT performances from two legendary electronic music composers, as well performances curated from a selection of established local artists.
Atom™ and Tobias Freund are veritable living legends of electronic music. Tobias began his career in the early ’80s, mainly using the pseudonym “Pink Elln”. He looks back on a long sequence of music making that has led him from mainstream pop to club music, and then onto the experimental and undefinable. Uwe Schmidt, better known as Atom™, has a similar musical background. He is most well known for his work under the Senor Coconut moniker, but has worked under dozens of other aliases, all with their own sound.
Emulsion’s catalog is now free / pay what you want via a Creative Commons license. Includes remixes by Caural, Strategy, and Isan as well. Emulsion is Nathan Koch’s past project that leans toward the pretty, melodic, ambient atmospheric side, compare to Boards of Canada for shorthand.
subVariant live circuit-bending performance duo Roth Mobot is scheduled to play at a free folk music festival presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music, the colorboration Folk Fest
Free Roth Mobot performance in the Loop! We wangled our way into a FREE mini “folk music” festival. Yup, the world is beginning to see that circuit bending is a form of experimental electronic folk music 😉 Roth Mobot is scheduled for 7:30 PM
Roth Mobot is the Chicago based Circuit Bent musical duo of Tommy Stephenson and Patrick McCarthy. Roth Mobot’s invention of “recursive jazz” controls the random juxtaposition of improvised dark ambient drones, languid melodies, randomly discovered rhythms, percussive accidents, the humorous language of toys, and common discarded electronic devices, in what they refer to as “strategic improvisation.”
Circuit Benders In The Loop!
208 S. Wabash, Chicago
Friday, March 23, 3:45 PM – 12:00 AM
Jon Monteverde aka XYZYR_KX on the free, Chicago-based Frequencity compilation nabbed the “Angriest Reader of the Week” on Angry Asian blog. Hooray! While its nice to get nominated for anything special, we here personally don’t find Jon angry *at all*. In fact, he’s pretty cool and committed to his work. Check out one of his live performances at Darkroom:
Though Frequencity doesn’t rely on any one particular audible path, it pushes through new branches of thought — as the cover-art depicts — to unveil an assemblage of electronic music disorder, all hailing from Chicago. Techno, experimental, IDM, post-rock, downtempo, classical, chiptune, electro and acid are all smashed together in a sprite compilation that lightly brushes upon each of these styles.
Chicago-based innovative electronic music label subVariant will release a free-to-download compliation called Frequencity featuring quality songs from Chicagoland musicians. Earlier this year subVariant released a public call for electronic music from area musicians, without restriction on the genre. In response, a dozen tracks were chosen that represented high quality perspectives on the medium from a talented group of musicians.
Like Ms. Sherman, my creative process involves being alone, thinking, devising, mentally-sketching, tweaking, re-tweaking, re-thinking; sharing for feedback, and then re-tweaking some more. It’s emblematic of the contemporary, technology-enabled artist, in a way. Creative types have so many resources available: so many mediums to muck around in, so many visual sandboxes (like Adobe CSx–Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier); audio playgrounds (like Reaktor, Ableton, FL Studio) and platforms for interdisciplinary / cross-medium work (like Max/MSP, etc).
When I applied to art colleges, I was so disheartened by the rampant insistence that I choose a medium. I didn’t like the feeling of being forced to create within an established “language” (medium) that could be critically evaluated (by critics who specialized in media). Then I found California Institute of the Arts, was accepted, and played and played and played and finally found my voice. A voice that was me, and not limited to choice of media, but one that used media to express the ideas I wanted to introduce to the world.
And that, I feel, is true contemporary artistry. Knowing that the clay of the world is yours to play with and yours to enjoy.