Avant_MUTEK Chicago April 21-23, 2011

Chicago gets a taste of the Montreal-based digital art and electronic music festival that showcases innovation in music and creativity on April 21-23 with Avant_Mutek: Chicago. Founded in 2000, Mutek is an international festival organization dedicated to the promotion of electronic music and the digital arts. Its main event is an annual five-day event in Montreal, Canada that takes place in late May and early June. Many of electronic music’s most established figures have performed, as well as numerous new artists who have gone on to build sustainable careers. Along with performances, the festival also features workshops relating to gear and software showcases, and panel discussions concerning the issues that face electronic music and music production. Read more and see the full lineup.

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

Epic Pop Mashup

Peter Bull, AKA Norwegian Recycling, blends sixteen hit pop songs into an epic mashup.

Last.fm introduces gender plots

Last.fm introduced a beta feature that can compare artists, genres and tags on a gender – age plot. Interesting. http://blog.last.fm/2010/09/22/now-in-the-playground-gender-plots Here’s one that’s particularly interesting: Software, engineer, DJ, producer, and musician all skew male, while boyfriend, girl, email, outgoing, person, friends and love all skewed female. Thoughts? UPDATE: Here’s my plot compared among my friends.

Tartini: Realtime Music Analysis Software

Here is a cool program I found to help with vocal practice, Tartini. Tartini is a program designed as a practical music analysis tool for singers and instrumentalists. Just plug in a microphone and instantly your computer will give real-time feedback including:- * Accurate pitch contours for visualising intonation, vibrato shape, tuning or just which note is being played * Loudness graphs, to help analyse dynamics * Harmonic structure of a note describing timbre The program is named after the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini. In 1714, he discovered that if two related notes were played simultaneously on a violin, a third sound could be heard. The frequency of the third sound is the difference in frequencies of the two original notes. Tartini taught his students that unless … Read More

Round 2 of the Nudge "evolving remix" project: m50 + Quantazelle

So, following up on the previous idea I had, recruiting Phylum Sinter, Praveen, and I (er, as Quantazelle) to do a rotating remix using the online Monome / Tenori-On / APC-40 / Launchpad (ie matrix / grid-based sequencing, etc) flash clone, Nudge, I invited m50 to play with me. Nudge is a very simple sequencer with preset synths (harp, organ, fx, drum kit), and–as m50 discovered–the ability to create multiple patterns, meaning you’re not restricted to one 16 bar loop–one could actually make a song out of this lil flash app.

Open Channel: Chicago Electronic "Open Mic"

Check out this electronic version of “Open Mic” in Chicago that I’m putting together: Sort of like its analog cousin, Open Channel is an non-curated musician’s showcase in a supportive, relaxed environment, except it showcases electronic music, either through DJing or Live PAs. You will get 20 minutes to show off what you do musically, and then listen to other people doing the same thing. There are 12 slots open. The first 12 people who RSVP and pay will be guaranteed a slot. Playing order will be determined on the date of the performance. You are also absolutely welcome to bring friends, or just come as a spectator! There is a suggested donation of $5. OPEN CHANNEL: Chicago’s Open Mic For Electronic Musicians More info, including technical details … Read More