Brandt Brauer Frick: “Bop” deconstructed techno via classical music

From the band: “We had felt for years that most instances of combining techno and classical music lack an authentic approach. Instead of using only the typical epic orchestra or piano sounds, we love to explore the dirty and percussive sides of those instruments, adapting techniques from composers like John Cage or Helmut Lachenmann: preparing our piano with screws and rubbers, knocking against every single part of an instrument, until we find that one great sound.” — Paul Frick

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]

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

Liz Revision: "Long Don Piano"

DOWNLOAD MP3: Liz Revision: “Long Don Piano” (58:45) 1. Koen Groeneveld: “Wake Turbulence” 2. Nudisco: “Prepare to Blast (Kanio Remix)” 3. Harry Axt: “Congo Budders” 4. Louderbach: “Frushtuck” 5. Benno Blome: “Corbera” 6. Adriano Dodici: “Kick the Bass” 7. Luca Angelli: “Reserved” 8. Junior Boys: “In the Morning (Alex Smoke Remix)” 9. The Field: “Morning” 10. Cari Lekebusch: “Shaded” 11. Umek: “Utopia” 12. The Faint: “The Geeks were Right (Boyz Noise Remix)”

Scarf Swagger

Subvariant viral video of a very funny webcam dancer wearing a scarf and doing his best two step. You can dance if you want to, but leave your scarf alone.