“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

“Pump Up the Volume” Documentary on how Chicago House Changed the World

Yes, it’s by the BBC and they really go on about UK Garage at the end, but there are some real gems of insights and great interviews here. Set aside a few hours, even if you think you know the history of Chicago House. This one is really well done. If you prefer books, check out “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: A History of the Disc Jockey”. Buy four and give them away to your friends that love electronic music but need schooling on where it came from.

Conceptual DJ mix CD in time for Valentine's Day: Neurotransmission Ltd. Ed. CD

View Details This DJ mix from Liz Revision called Neurotransmission was created around the theme of love. All of the tracks, ranging from minimal techno to IDM & ambient aim to re-create the sensation of falling in love. The handmade package is stitched together and features a cute closure mechanism. The inside features the written descriptions of serotonin and dopamine, two chemicals that increase in the body when one falls in love.The limited edition CD is only available from Fractalspin with any order of $40 or more, and only while quantities are available. Liz Revision is Chicago-based multi-hyphenate Liz McLean Knight. Established as an electronic music producer under the name Quantazelle, and owner of geek boutique Fractalspin, McLean Knight DJs glitchy minimal techno and IDM, promotes electronic music … Read More

So my birthday is coming up…. *cough*

Here are some cool things that would be nice to have! Korg KP3A great tool for live performance, the KP3 allows you to control multiple effects parameters and manipulate samples in real time. On stage or in the studio, these gestures and moves can become powerful and expressive performance elements. More than a processor, the KP3 is a complete instrument allowing you to manage, recall, and play back samples; sample on the fly; and add dynamic processing to any audio signal or to the samples themselves. The KP3 comes equipped with 128 great-sounding effect programs Sure, the traditional essential effects are there – delays, flangers, etc., and they sound amazing. But using newly developed algorithms, the KP3 also provides fresh, exciting effects such as a grain shifter, decimator, … Read More