Free Circuit Board Gift Tags!

So my store Fractalspin has been carrying these cool Circuit Board Ornaments for a while, and there’s now a quantity discount if you buy 10 or more. We learned from some of our customers that they were using them as gift tags for presents, and we were buying quite a few at a time, but unfortunately last year we ran out of stock to get them out by Christmas. This year we’re starting the promotion early enough for larger quantity orders in time for holiday madness. I also designed some free gift tag templates you can print out and attach to gifts, right away, for free! [Download Stars Gift Tags PDF] [Download Dreidels Gift Tags PDF] If you want smaller tags for smaller gifts, just print them out … Read More

“Wired Fridays” will feature Chicago DJs prominent in the industry every Friday beginning in January

The 2013 series of Wired Fridays in Chicago will be showcasing Chicago DJ-slash-promoters who have been passionately sharing their highly-specific tastes within their chosen branches of electronic music through their events, radio shows, workshops, and personal performances–albeit with the discerning eye of a curator who has been immersed in local musical culture long enough to be able to sift through the sand to find the gems. What’s really exciting about this particular debut lineup is that every performer has contributed to Chicago’s electronic music culture in a very significant yet personal way over the years they’ve been in the industry. Unlike certain major festivals that seem to rely on headlining those global-trekking-performers who appeal to the most people to generate the highest revenue (and, if they get it … Read More

“Sniffles, The Frost-Breathing Dragon” Paper Toy

Sniffles is basically an “albino” in the dragon community. Through a strange combination of recessive genes, he doesn’t breathe fire, he breathes frost, which means he chills whatever he breathes on. While he later learned that this was useful at house parties without enough fridge space for all the beer, when he was growing up he had to deal with constant ridicule, just like deer Rudolph. Talk about awkward! Needless to say, he quickly learned not to laugh in the face of people telling a joke (frostbite is super uncool). And another uncool side effect for his “power” is that he constantly has a runny nose. Think about it–if you breathe frost you’re going to get sniffly. Sniffles has gotten used to is, and so his trusty sidekick … Read More

Reformat the Planet: A Chiptune Documentary

Reformat the Planet is a feature-length documentary that focuses on some of the personalities behind the 8-Bit / chiptune scene in New York City, featuring some of our favorite Game Boy artists, notably Bit Shifter. Reformat the Planet (RTP) is a feature length documentary which delves into the movement known as chip music, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using obsolete video game hardware. Familiar devices such as the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System are pushed in new directions with startling results. …After documenting several live chip music performances in New York City and being invited to film the first year of the now annual Blip Festival, it was clear that they stood before a rich cultural mine that few were tapping … Read More

How to Start Making Electronic Music — A List of Resources

Here’s a nice article over at Memeshift with a lot of resources from all over the intertrons for getting started making electronic music. Even though it’s a bit old (2008), it focuses on basic principles and components, like oscillators, filters, synthesizer programming, and sampling. A nice resource for people just getting started. The author recommends Ableton Live as the sequencer of choice, because it allows for both live performance and more traditional sequencing and I agree. I would also add that to get some really advanced sound and have control over it at a very granular level, look into MAX / Msp. Despite the steep learning curve, and somewhat unintuitive interface, it allows for some very interesting, interactive and experimental projects, like these over at Musicthing and these … Read More

Feb. 9: Free Soundcloud Meetup at Transistor

Check out our Soundcloud Meetup at Transistor. The folks from Transistor, a cool music and bookstore in Uptown have kindly agreed to host this Meetup. Also, this Meetup will be a bit tricked up. There will be Soundcloud swag and wi-fi, so people can share their tracks. From the Soundcloud Meetup Group: Also, the folks from Soundcloud would like for us to record some audio (music, interviews, whatever) from the meetup to share with the Soundcloud community. I made a Group on Soundcloud where you can post your tracks: Chicago Innovative Electronic Music Soundcloud Group When: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 7:00 PM Where: Transistor, 5045 N Clark St Chicago, IL

Ode to Sniffles, The Frost-Breathing Dragon

Ode to Sniffles by Liz Revision on Mixcloud Liz Revision:“Ode To Sniffles” [DOWNLOAD MP3] Download the PDF of Sniffles to cut out and assemble. 1. Altered Tensions “Slow in Ashes” The Answer to the Question You Forgot to Ask [Self] 2. Diarmo “Details” Robohustlin [subVariant] 3. s.t. “Emotions in a Box” Emotions in a Box [Monotonik] 4. Elijah B. Torn “oooEight” Robohustlin [subVariant] 5. Kettel “Boekebaas” Myam James 2 [Sending Orbs] 6. Fourtet “Sings (Extended)” There is Love in You [Domino] 7. Quantazelle “Polychromatic Tomatoes v.1” Unreleased 8. Deetron “Collide” Collide [Green] 9. Marc Romboy vs. Stephan Bodzin “Atlas” 6 Monde [Systematic] 10. Nick Curly “Kalimba” Critical Mass EP [Murmur] 11. Peaches “Lose You (Brodinski & Yuksek Remix)” Lose You [XL Recordings]

Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension (Nova)

I’m a big fan of fractals, starting with discovering Fractint while filecrawling on a BBS back in the day, then naming my online “geek boutique” after them, then creating a paper toy named “Mandlebot”. Here’s a cool documentary on fractals by Nova: “Hunting the Hidden Dimension.”