[Fri. 10.13.17] Zita Molnar & Liz Revision @ Pulse Generator

We hope your ready for another Friday the 13th edition of Pulse Generator! This time we are featuring DJ performances from two top local ladies Zita Molnar and Liz Revision. Liz Revision (Quantazelle, IDP) Entrepreneur-musician-artist Liz McLean Knight kept busy in her hometown of Chicago, hosting club nights and showcasing musicians and DJs from her label, subVariant. Now based in San Francisco, she continues to craft her signature blend of melodic IDM As Quantazelle and as Liz Revision her DJ sets feature dancefloor-friendly tracks with experimental sound design. Zita Molnar (Zettabyte, MNML:FUN) Hungarian born, San Francisco based DJ / producer. Founder of Zettabyte Records and co-founder of the Bay Area techno collective MNML:FUN as well as another fantastic performance from our resident : Locky Lauchlan Casey *Second Fridays … Read More

subVariant sampler CD & download available now

Here’s a selection of tracks from 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.

"Frequencity" a free electronic music compilation featuring Chicago-based musicians

I curated a Chicago-artists-only compilation of innovative electronic music for my label, subVariant called “Frequencity. Read more about it and download it here. I’ve also contributed a track as Quantazelle. Enjoy! TRACKLIST: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]

Call for submissions to 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. subVariant will also release an original t-shirt design in the theme of “Chicago Electronic Music” when the compilation is officially released. Ready to submit? Read more and do it now! The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 8pm.

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

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 … Read More

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]

New Compilation from subVariant: "Robohustlin"

I put together a compilation of melodic IDM / deep techno called Robohustlin for my label, subVariant. I put out an open call for submissions in July and got an amazing collection of submissions. I decided to go with minimal techno / melodic IDM since that was submitted the most. Hope you enjoy! Chaircrusher’s “Crow Beat” and Milipede’s “30,000” take a somewhat dark, harder approach, while tracks like Diarmo’s “Details” and Matt Wolfe’s “4:09am” hover somewhere between hopefulness and melancholy, held together with intricate rhythmic programming. In keeping with subVariant’s tongue-in-cheek, music-as-consumer-product design aesthetic (see Subvaritrax, Exception AM), Robohustlin‘s digital cover lists the individual artists as separate “cures” in a packaging style based on the popular cough & cold medication, Robitussin. 1. Chaircrusher: “Crowbeat“2. Millipede: “30,000“3. Digital Gnosis: … Read More