ATOM (Senor Coconut) & Tobias this Saturday at the ESAC Launch Party

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.

Doors at 9pm 21+
Discounted Advance Tickets via RESIDENT ADVISOR:

The Viaduct Theater
3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL

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[3.22.12] Roth Mobot at the Colorboration Folk Fest

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

XYZR_KX is the “Angriest Reader of the Week” on Angry Asian


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:

Most expensive Cindy Sherman photo was the inspiration behind Quantazelle’s promo photo

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.

Full Quantazelle rant is here.


 People called me Droopy because I used to slouch, used to under-sleep and had huge bags below my eyes. The name stuck throughout several years of schooling, into efforts of journalism and music. Variations exist, from Droopalingus to Lingus, to Droops, and of course, Droopzilla. From 2001 to 2008, was the home for my portfolio, my event promotions, and general ramblings. The site was an extension of Simple Pleasures Recordings, a record label that never quite got off the ground. Promoting events became the site’s focus for a few years, until events took a back seat to my return to college. As a way to combine my current literary and musical projects, my photos and rants, I have created



DezignJK is Justin Kohout who creates high impact images of unprecedented precision and feel. Currently he is doing work for DJs in the Chicago techno scene.  Justin has had the opportunity to do work for the following DJs: Kate Simko, Sassmouth, Frankie Vega, Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliot, John Tejada, Marco Carola, Claude VonStroke, Kill Memory Crash, Pheek, Woody McBride, Pacal FEOS, Par Grindvik, Lusine, Kristina Childs, Bodycode, Robin Judge, Miskate, Phillip Sherbourne, Rich Korach, John Johr, Jonas Kopp, Mikael Savostrand, Plexus, Adultnapper, Jazzanova, Todd Sines, Prototype 909, Insideout, Louis Osbourne, Dan Bain, Gabe Palomo, Shiva, Popkan, Soultek, K.Atou, Martin Buttrich, Brian Ffar, Matthew Martin, Mike Brankis, Antiphase, Kiddo, Matt Main, Dirtybird (Genna Greene), John Patterson, Jason Patrick, Josh Surma, Mindbender, Enots, Sevron, Adam Jensen, Avex Axiom, Kero, Drumcell, Audiophile, Obuchitek, Livewire, The Bishop, The Pink Machine Sound System, The Lady Foursquare, Neehigh, Chris Widman…



Liz Revision

Liz Revision: “March Mixness” [Glitchy Minimal Techno]


Liz Revision is the DJ incarnation of Chicago wunderkid Liz McLean Knight. Already well established as a live performer under the name Quantazelle, and owner of “geek boutique” and nerdy hipster fashion destination,, Knight had naturally expanded her resume, taking on the role of DJ and continuing her passion as a promoter and advocate of forward-thinking electronic music.

With multiple Chicago-based local residencies and a slew of one-off gigs throughout the years, Ms. Revision has made her impact felt on the local dance music scene, with her unique blend of minimal techno, glitchy house and IDM, not to mention her penchant for exuberant dancing behind the booth and genuinely passionate demeanor regarding the artists she promotes and supports. These talents have earned her opening slots for such up and coming acts as Lee Curtiss, Noah Pred and Ghostly International’s Tycho, but also slots alongside established talents such as Background/ATC/Yore mastermind Andy Vaz and Traum/Trapez’s Oliver Hacke*.

Despite her many identities and hectic schedule there’s no doubt you will soon find her in a DJ booth near you or vehemently supporting artists she thoroughly believes in.

* Liz insists on the annotation “his music is great and his DJ sets are awesome! and he’s a super cool guy.” Not that anyone else she’s played with isn’t awesome or cool.



m50 is Max Jenkins, who would prefer that everyone call him MaxFifty and who would delete his real name from any published records if he had the chance. Fortunately since he doesn’t have the admin password for, we can hype him as we see fit and he’ll just have to get used to it.

Mr. Fifty has been DJ Emeritus of many subVariant events, including but not limited to Modsquare netlabel release parties at Sonotheque where he had to endure countless trainspotters bugging him for track and label names while he was DJing (sorry!). But it just goes to prove how his crate-digging and bleeding-edge sensibilities have earned him respect over the years, not to mention the way he’s skillfully DJed and produced a bunch of Chicago radio shows and methodically pieced together impeccable podcasts that show off both his skill as a DJ and immense–and sometimes quirky–knowlege of electronic music. Yeah, he might steer a sweaty dancefloor into chin-stroking intellectualism and invoke crowds around the decks as they try to read the labels spinning around at 33rpm (and more often than not they’re white labels–in your face!), but that’s why we put him first. 

He also makes tracks but he does so under such a secretive alias that we fear for our safety–or at least email-delivered trojans–should we deem to make that information public. Hell, publishing a photo with his real name is putting DOS attacks at the forefront, but we gotta admit, he’s a cool guy and a great DJ.