Gabes DJ Set 2015-03-19

I got the chance to play the regular Mixology night at Gabe’s in Iowa City, and for the past few weeks I’ve been collecting tracks I wanted to play and fiddling around with a DJ setup for them in Live. I had two impulses — play current and current-ish music that I like, and to collect some of my all-time favorite tracks. I was also mercilessly stealing ideas from other DJs. I grabbed the “The It” tracks (actually Larry Heard) on Thomas Cox of Pittsburgh Track Authority’s recommendation, and the Boards of Canada remix I heard in a mix by Aidan O’Doherty.

But tracks like those by Moodymann, DBX, Basic Channel, and DJ Pierre are ones that everyone played fifteen or twenty years ago, and among the first that I got to recognize when other DJs played them. The DJ I opened for, RAfrika wasn’t even born when some of those tracks came out. But I figure if they worked in 1996, they’ll work now and the kids dancing will never have heard them.

One track that always gets me: Patrice Rushen “Haven’t You Heard?” Larry Levan did the edit, but a lot of people first heard its musical DNA in the Daddy’s Favorite track “I Feel Good Things For You.” Always like playing the original of something sampled on a big track.

http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2015-03-19-GabesDJSet.mp3
Boards of CanadaOlson(Midland Re-Edit)
Virgo Four The Dryer
The Black Madonna Stay
Four Tet Love Cry
Larry Heard Forbidden
Stevie Wonder All I Do (Todd Terje Edit)
Luke Hess Real Life (cv313 Dimensional Space Edit)
Larry Heard Beauty In A Picture
Theo Parrish Cypher Delight
Salsoul Orchestra Ooh I Love It(Love Break)
Omar S Psychotic Photosynthesis
Aphex Twin minipops 67 (1202)[source field mix]
Black Coffee Basu
Moodymann I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits
The It Utopian Dream
Kontext Arctic Spaceship
Moodymann Shades of Jae
DJ 3000 Burough & Beer
Rick Wilhite What Do You See (Rick’s Groove Mix)
The It Somebody Somewhere
Ron Trent Blood & Fire
Luke Hess Transform (Marko Furestenberg Remix)
Black Coffee feat Siphokazi Lo Mhlaba
Concubine Luxend
Black Coffee feat Zonke Garden of Eden
Martyn & Four TetThe Air Between Words
Perkowitz Nectar
Rick Wade Angry Pimp
Dense Pika Colt
John Tejada RUR
Floorplan Confess
Terrence Dixon Dark City Of Hope
Reggie Dokes Once Again(Mornign Factory Edit)
John Tejada Two One
DBX Losing Control
Patrice Rushen Haven’t You Heard(Larry Levan Remix)
Basic Channel Phylyps Track II
DJ Pierre Box Energy
Chaircrusher Plasma
Jeff Mills The Dancer
DJ Slugo DJs On The Low
Chaircrusher Burundi2

Live @ I Hear IC 2015-02-20


http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2015-02-20-Live.mp3

The idea of I Hear IC is to gather people from Iowa City to present brief performances in a local coffee house. Peformances were in the range of 10-20 minutes. Other performers on this night included Jazz singers, an improvisation from two Iranian musicians and a small ensemble improvising a new soundtrack for old cartoons.

In that context I knew that it wasn’t like playing an hour-long techno set; no one would be dancing so the kick drum didn’t need to be in the mix the whole time. As it happened I finally brought it in at around 6 minutes; this goes back to early 90s origins of ambient techno, when producers would do long beatless intros to tracks. The rise of ‘popular’ ambient — with the KLF and the Orb being the most famous proponents — grew out of never actually bringing in the beat. Sonically I think this piece has a bit of the Orb about it.

It’s also an instance of not holding anything back. I went back over projects on my studio machine and plundered them for interesting sounds and loaded them all together in one set where I could mix and match stuff that originally went with much different music. I recorded a lot of sounds from my outboard synthesizers, playing loop clips and tweaking knobs to get some movement. The main repeated pad changes chords but it was accidental — I discovered that the JP6 would change the pitch of sounds when I jacked up cross mod. Which is fun because I was playing a slider; the chords were not exactly in tune.

The basic framework was dictated by a tonal center of C Minor. The bassline is straight 16th notes playing C C Eb Eb. That kind of simplistic sequencing reminds me a bit of early Tangerine Dream.

VOLCA JAMMIN

Sometimes you try something and it’s accidentally kinda compelling. The setup was

  • Volca Beats
  • Volca Keys
  • Jupiter 6
  • Meeblip Anode
  • Eventide UltraVerb on one send
  • Audiodamage Dubstation16 on the second send.

This is straight up tracky. It’s live mixing/tweaking. I actually added effects and the anode while recording. There’s minimal EQ-ing on the Volca Keys and Volca Beats.  I did some limiting and EQ on the mix-down and edited out the 16 or so measures where the anode was doing this unpitched farting noise.

Syncing the Volcas to Ableton Live is kind of wonky. It seems to work marginally better if you set the sync mode to pattern. The only way I found to get it tight was to hit the ‘play’ button a few times quickly. If you just hit play once, it always starts out of sync. Somehow resetting the counter to 1:1:0 a few times while Live is playing gets things lined up properly.

http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2014-10-07.mp3

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KRUI Noise Radio 2014-05-03

This is the last Noise Radio show of the Spring 2014 Semester. After a break, Vince Woolums will be back for the summer, and we aren’t sure what’s up for the fall. As Vince & Mike & I get busy, we’re having trouble finding other guests to help cover Saturday nights. It’s a tough time to have a radio show if you go out Saturday nights.

But anyhow, this show is a bunch of different tracks I’ve found over the past few months, though it’s almost all in the straight-up Techno and House vein, moreso than my other mixes. Enjoy!

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Mikkel MayerOh Jolly Good
TM404303303303606606606
DreisskThe Rising Tide
MuziqRitm
SohoHot Music
ArmeriaNot The Same (Taneli Rmx)
Mobb DeepShook Ones Pt. II ( Rennie Foster Mobbin Deep Mix)
Dens & PikaVomee
Mikkel MayerClap Your Hands
Delano SmithTrans
Boo WilliamsReal Tekno
Mikkel MayerRosie
Disco NihilistLate Nights
Colin McNealAstounding Science Fiction
DJ CheezeAfro Fever
Jon MarguliesGood Religion (Dub Mix)
AybeeLanding
Boo WilliamsJoy Ride
MauriceThis Is Acid
Davor O.Out Of Reach
SkudgeInversion
Hieroglyphic BeingLetters From The Edge
SubmissionWomen Beat Their Men (Cevin’s Peak Hour Dub)
ChaircrusherAurora
Justin MaxwellThe Grind
XAmigaKermit’s Day Out
Disco NihilistMoney Doesn’t Matter 2 Night
Andrew DukeGeisha (Claude Young RMX)
RandolphEarth 2 God (Mike Banks Remix)
SkudgeSurface
Chaircrusher2014-03-15
Yarinka CalucciHot
K Larm & J RanineOver The Space
Basic ChannelPhylyps Track 1

KRUI Noise Radio Show 2013-10-26

This week’s mix focuses mostly on 3 new releases: Autechre’s L-system, Estroe’s Comfort And Closure, and FourTet’s Beautiful Rewind.
ComfortAndClosure
Autechre is perhaps the most resolutely inacessible group to ever acquire a dedicated fan base; their music challenges listeners to find a new way to hear music. My thought while I was playing on the radio was that there were drunk people riding around Iowa City last night after the football game wondering what had gone wrong with their radio. I love that, but obviously it is an acquired taste.estroe
Estroe (aka Esther Roozendaal) is a Dutch producer and DJ who has a long association with Eevolute/Eevonext Recordings, Stefan Robbers’ seminal Dutch techno label. This new album is a triumph; she has always been a gifted producer, but Confort and Closure manages to be both a great dance floor and a great listening record.autechre-l-event-12-086928-15cbc4d6 FourTet’s Beautiful Rewind is yet another of his releases that finds him exploring his own sonic world; it’s tangent to popular dance music — a DJ can play his tracks out, some of them to devastating effect — but not contained or limited by it. I also include his remix of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie”.Four_Tet NAW (Neil Wernick)’s new SUB BUS is a remarkable piece of music. Dub techno has an awful lot of tracks that sound the same. Neil finds something new and dramatic with this release — it’s spiky, chaotic and still funky.
Kid606 has been messing with the bounadaries of popular electronic music for over a decade now, and every album has at least something unexpected about it. The new album Happiness does something really strange in taking House Music and slowing it way down (to below 90 BPM from its customary 120 BPM), and employing sunny, naive major chord melodic material.Meow200_Kid606_Happiness_HIRES There’s a feeling that each track is a jam, though I’m not sure how exactly he’s jamming; the same sounds or notes collide and bounce off copies of each other.

For some reason, Ableton Live did not record the cross fader for this set, which is really odd; either that or I don’t understand the new-fangled way it manages automation. So the track sequencing was live, but I had to go back and re-draw all the cross fades as best I could. So this is a ‘live’ DJ mix only approximately.

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Keys N KratesDum Dee Dum
AutechreLac Lacora
AutechOsla for n
Kid606Blood Stevia Sex Magic
Kid606Cute Never Dies
Autechrenewbound
Imposter(s)Dead Prez
Imposter(s)Imposter
Justin TimberlakeSuit & Tie (FourTet Remix)
PhaelehMake You Feel
KelpeMonte Verita? (Kevin Reynolds Remix)
EstroeUnconscious Suppression
EstroePatiently Awaiting A Miracle
EstroeComfor In Disguise
EstroeFalse Identity
EstroeReaching Closure
EstroeState Of endurance
FourTetBa Teaches Yoga
EstroeSustainable Illusion
EstroeHappy Distraction
EstroeOut of My Comfort Zone
EstroeBeat Box Contest
EstroeCock Sure
NAWSub Bus
NAW Low Level Transi Movement
FourTet
Buchla
Four TetOur Navigation
Douster & Gina TurnerHush
Four TetKool FM
Four TetParallel Jalebi
ParsonTexas Crawl
AutechreM39 Diffain
Four TetGong
Kid606Coronado Bay Breezin’

KRUI Noise Radio 2013-10-12

Song Of September Apples
Song Of September Apples

Another semester, another Noise Radio Show. Comprising mostly tracks I’ve been sent, either by the producer themselves or label promos. Plus several of my own productions. Hope it hangs together for y’all.

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Arthur RussellHow We Walk On The Moon (Youth Rerub)
Art BleekJune Gloom
DeflonGot To Give It Up Remix
KageLuna Twighlight
MekhaImmersion Reshape
ChaircrusherInner Marshlands
Omar SBe Yourself
Art BleekProcedure 678
CerebroTelevision Sky
Brian PrinceThe Accretion Disk
Omar STardigrade’
CerebroPeripheral
Omar SMoney In The D
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityOmar’s Here
ChaircrusherSong of September
BleupulpPanta V2
ChaircrusherBirthday Girl
Cut La RocDon’t Knock The Roc
BleupulpPanta V1
Brian KageNeoblue
ChaircrusherTosh Der Putz
G-ProdInfluence
ChaircrusherAleppo Chili
Kerr KnollWater World
MekhaComa (Emmerrichk Rmx)
Brian PrinceMis Mercury

KRUI Noise Radio 2013-07-13 DJ Mix

The 2 month gap since my last radio show means that a lot of new music has come out so this set has some ‘new’ stuff that’s a bit older than usual, and advance promos played after their release. No matter.

The two releases that are of particular note to the summer’s mood are http://www.bordercommunity.com/?p=5240 and Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest. This is a new BOC album after a long silence, and I think that it is a brilliant album, though the critical and fan reaction has been muted. This is, I think a result of BOC no longer being a musical surprise. But it stands on it’s own merits, and by the way did anyone say to Mozart “Another bloody symphony, when are you going to come up with something new?” It took me longer to come around to James Holden’s record — on first listen it seems pretty discursive and aimless. But on repeated listen there’s something that gets under my skin. “Blackpool Late Eighties” is a perfect standing wave of dream logic romanticism, using Kraut Rock loopiness to build a mood that takes flight. The musical equivalent of being hypnotized by clouds out a jetliner window.

Estroe’s collaboration with Nuno Dos Santos on Eevonext is interesting for breaking out of the techno mold, “Second Thoughts” is nearly beatless, moody, and uses bass to create a forboding mood. The always excellent FourTet shows up repeatedly, in three radically different tracks, including the trip-hop reimagining of Tori Amos’ “Unspoken.”

Detroit Electro veterans Aux 88 sent me a promo of their new EP, from which I chose the Detroit House track “Blue Love.” My revelatory discovery this summer is the Japanese techno producer Takuya Yamashita, whose track “Daybreak” is an instant classic of the emotive Detroit deep techno style.

Closing out, with a blast of low-fi techno from the last century, Joel Brindfalk’s “Great Dose Of Monotonous Techno”. Released under the name ‘Ü’ (try googling that), it is a time capsule from 1992, both in terms of production technique — Roland TR909, a synth or 2, and effects — but it has a deep connection to the new wave of lo-fi techno revivalists.

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FourTetUnspoken
MarginalStyle Is A Cage
Boards of CanadaNothing Is Real
AllumettesWallace
S. CareyTwo Angles
Tone Of ArcLost In The Machine
James HoldenBlackpool Late Eighties
Estroe & Nuno Dos SantosSecond Thoughts
DeadbeatJaffa Dub
RX GibbsHoney Dub
DatalogSumingoshi II
Chris GavinNice View (Martin Ruth RMX)
DatalogArc
DeabeatPeripheral Artifacts
David PowersRemember The Future
DatalogGampl
StingraysAdjust To New Knowledge
CerebroL System
Nathan FakeThe Sky Was Pink (James Holden RMX)
Roska + Jamie GeorgeSecret Love
Takuya YamashitaJupiter
Four TetLion
TahoMon Bala
Aux 88Blue Love
Rocket #9Rotunda (FourTet Refix)
Takuya YamashitaDaybreak
ChaircrusherThe Man Who Played Himself In The Movie
StingraysSimplexity
Boards of CanadaCold Earth
Joel BrindfalkGreat Dose of Monotonous Techno (excerpt)

2013-05-11 KRUI Noise Radio

Shawn_Rudiman,_DEMF_Day_1The only thing the end of a college term means to me now is that the grad students in my office are scarce for a week or two, and we get a break on Noise Radio. But I tried to end the term on a high note, or at least a loud one.

I’ve noticed my tastes, at least for DJing, changing, in that more and more I crave things that are simpler and more straight ahead. I prevailed on my friend Tom Butcher to pull out some of the hard techno tracks he recorded in the 90s, that he’d sent me on a casette tape. I wore that tape out listening to it in my car, and luckily he’d rescued those tracks from DAT at some point. He also provided me with pre-release copies of his new record on Roam Recordings. so I used some of his oldest and newest music.

The irrepressible Shawn Rudiman has been releasing a backlog of his tracks digitally on Detroit Techno Militia. I took several tracks from the 4th volume. I’ve always been a fan of his live shows, and I’m frankly in awe with his ability to go into the studio and crank out so many high quality tracks. I don’t know when he sleeps.

Kataconda (Barry Ryan) is another guy who’s been going nuts putting out killer techno for a long time — he came to Iowa City and played at my ‘Off Seamus’ event concurrent with the 2002 SEAMUS conference for Electro-Acoustic music.

Bleupulp (aka Maxim Tanguay) is another prolific composer and the guy behind Pertin-nce net label, which has a huge catalog of mostly free, high quality music.

Andy Vaz produces his own intricately layered deep house from his base in Cologne, and Yore has graciously put me on their promo list. Two upcoming releases — a remix EP for his ‘Straight Vacationing’ album, and ‘My Love is 4Ever’ by Librah — are also featured here.

Along with those things, I’ve been trying to keep with my promo e-mails, and what Facebook friends are tipping, which accounts for the vocal pop I include in the mix. So maybe not 100% a techno purist, but hey, good music is good music, and I try to shoehorn in whatever’s making me happy at the moment…

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-NoiseRadio-2013-05-11.mp3|titles=Noise Radio KRUI 2013-05-11|artists=Chaircrusher]http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-NoiseRadio-2013-05-11.mp3
CodebaseFalling Bricks
MicrolifeLe Printemps
X09Nuclear
LushSweetness & Light
PhaelehFor You
MS MRHurricane (CHVRCHES remix)
CodebaseBlack Mondial
Andy VazDetroit In Me (Patrice Scott Remix)
HapbtWumpus8
LibrahGravity
RroseWedge of Chastity
FieldedArms of Heaven
LibrahMy Love Is 4Ever
Ron TrentPressure Zone
x09Statika
Garage $aleBump and Grind (Waze & Oddysey Remix)
Andy VazStubnitz (Memory Foundation Remix)
Arthur OskanMaximilian
Adam MarshallChaos
Shawn RudimanXK7 Dustoff
KatacondaLeaf One
BleupulpLondon (Hemptera Mix)
KatacondaLeaf Two
The TranslatorPrime Time Chords
Shawn RudimanOne More Sometimes
Mount KimbieMade To Stray
BleupulpA Few Stories
Shawn RudimanWhen To Let Go
BleupulpThe End Is Near
ChaircrusherLe Printemps Du Chien
LerosaSlavery
X09Arc
MartynOceania
PhaelehTaking It Back
Flying LotusTiny Tortures

Live @ PS One 2013-03-19

It was cold and snowy and there wasn’t much in the way of an audience, but I got to try out some new stuff. Starting about 14:00 I have a section that samples (well, granulates) Milk & Eggs aka Jordan Sellergren. It ultimately bears only the most tenuous relationship to the original music which is wonderful in my opinion.

I don’t get to play out that much — I’d like to do it more often — but the general framework of what I’m doing goes back a couple of years, so it’s time to tear it down and build up something new. Expect more chances for live mistakes and chaos.

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http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2013-03-19-LiveSet.mp3

KRUI DJ Set – 2012/10/20

Rather than my usual grab bag of tracks, this mix focuses on just a few releases:


… which takes things several different directions: John Tejada’s melodic Techno (which echoes/gives homage to The Black Dog’s late-90s sound), Dub techno sounds from DeepChord and Dom DuMoulin, the post-everything bass music of Deadbeat, and the incredible Dubstep/Cuban mashup from Mala.

I showed up and KRUI was dark, and there was nothing coming out of the studio to go out on the air. So I started up early, which accounts for the 140+ minutes of this mix. During my set I got onto Facebook to announce it, and the last DJ had left themselves logged in. I left a snarky message on his wall (isn’t that required?) and a few minutes later, he called the studio to tell me that he was going to come down to the station every Saturday night at eight to punch me in the face. So I have that to look forward to!

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DFRNTIncubus
MalaComo
DFRNTSilent Witness
DFRNTPrism
DeadbeatYard
DFRNTSuspended In The Deep
John TejadaWhen All Around is Madness
DeadbeatHorns of Jericho
Dom DumoulinGone
DeepchordGliding
DeepchordAeronautica
DeepchordBeneteau
DeepchordAquatic
DeepchordAmber
DeepchordFourier
DeepchordCruising Towards Dawn
DeepchordSpring Mist
Dom DumoulinFields
John TejadaStabilizer
DFRNTThat’s Interesting
John TejadaThe Function And The Form
DFRNTEveryone is Moving
John TejadaOrbiter
DeepchordAlfama
Dom DumoulinFields (Bleupulp RMX)
DeadbeatWolves and Angels
DeadbeatPunta de Choros
DeadbeatLazy Jane Steppers Dub
DFRNTOur Little Secret
MalaTribal
MalaCuba Electronic
MalaChange
MalaThe Tunnel
MalaGhost
MalaMulata
MalaChanguito
MalaRevolution
MalaCurfew
MalaCalle F
MalaNoche Sueos
DFRNTCruise

Chaircrusher Live @ Gabe’s October 11th 2012

I had a fine time, though it would have been great if more people showed up — I mean I’m used to playing to mostly empty rooms, but we had guys in from out of town who hit a deer trying to get there. But hey, Thursday night at Gabe’s — hard to draw a lot of people. Anyway Moldover sounded great. I particularly liked the a cappela song he opened with, and his guitar playing, which always drove the songs and sounded great. Exaltron has evolved a unique approach to live performance, combining voice, trumpet and guitar, live looping, expertly programmed sampled drumming and crazy electronic messing about.

I was mostly happy about my set, which may have come from working myself into a tizzy for weeks getting read to play. Mostly new stuff done in the past couple months, some of it bespoke for the live set.

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/2012-10-11-Chaircrusher-Live.mp3|titles=Chaircrusher Live @ Gabe’s 2012-10-11|artist=Chaircrusher] http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/2012-10-11-Chaircrusher-Live.mp3

KRUI DJ Set 2012-09-22

Haven’t done a radio show since the spring, and had rather a backlog of interesting stuff that has been filtering in. Mr. DE from Detroit Ad– the man from ElectroFunk — Has a new album Sol+Mind which has an eclectic variety of tracks ranging from Prince-esque electro pop (Uh Oh) to R&B (Tonight) to Detroit House (All for Granted). Cooly G put out her album a few months ago on Hyperdub, and she’s a genre of her own. I got the entire Absoloop discography from Kevin Kennedy (aka FBK), Art Bleek is newish on the incomparable Eevolute label. Adam Jay did a IndieGogo campaign to release an EP and raise funds for exorbinant medical bills. I’ve included two tracks from the Mediastinum EP. The Orb just released an album of collaboration with Dub Reggae legend Lee Perry. And of course, I’ve induldged myself by including some of my own tracks from this spring and summer.

At KRUI, Joe couldn’t make his show, and apparently the guy that was supposed to play after me didn’t come, so this is a longish set — over 2 hours. Once again, I find it hard to gauge how much material to have available — I had 41 tracks cued up and actually got through 30-something.

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-KRUI-DJ-Set-20120922.mp3|artists=chaircrusher|tracks=KRUI DJ Set 2012-09-22]http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-KRUI-DJ-Set-20120922.mp3
ItemsPaint Your Own Galaxy
Throwing SnowBrook
The Orb feat. Lee PerryHold Me Upsetter
Mr DeTonight
Mr DeUh Oh
Tom ButchermAS
ChaircrusherPeople We Know
Art BleekSuper Blue
ESGMoody
Mr DeAll For Granted
Tevo HowardDusa Remix
NehuenBad Automation
TerseProto
Octave OneNew Life
Nina SimoneSinnerman(Felix The Housecat Mix)
TotteStay
TerseVelvet Purse
Jason SnellEvent Horizon
Cooly GIs It Gone
CardopusherHotbox
Mike HuckabyThe Tresor Track
Adam JayChatter
GobbyViewing HRS ZZZ
Adam JayTerrible Precision
ChaircrusherPrime 1
TotteLight Beams
ChaIrcrusherKlea
FBKIdol & Idiot
CardopusherWave Function
Cooly GLandscapes
Chance McDermottRenewing of your Mind
Dusk & BlackdownHigh Road
ChaircrusherTerrible Terrific
MuZiqRoy Castle

Past Shock – Chaircrusher Live 1996

My friend David Talento was trying to organize his studio and found some cassettes I’d sent him in the 1990s. The real find was what may be the last remaining copy of tracks by Jason Welch, local rave promoter and sometime musician. But I’ll deal with that stuff later.

One of the other things is a recording of a live set I did in 1996 (I believe) at the Great Midwestern Ice Cream Company (what is now Moonrakers restaurant). In those days I pretty much dragged my whole studio out to play live — a Roland Jupiter 6, Casio CZ-1, Roland TR707, a home-made plywood rack of gear, a desktop computer and CRT.

I don’t even remember most of the stuff I played, or even how I played it — I suspect I was using Opcode Vision and a Turtle Beach Pinnacle card as a sampler. Vision had a facility something like Ableton Live’s clips — you could trigger chunks of midi sequences live. The beginning of the set sounds a bit like Drexciya. Anyway it isn’t bad, and interesting to hear it as a time capsule from 16 years ago.

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Bonus, David put up a remix I did for him around this time on Bandcamp:

KRUI DJ Set 2011-11-05

I didn’t buy any new music in the past couple weeks, but Liz McClean Knight (aka Quantazelle) sent me e-mail about the new free compilation she’s releasing on her label SubVariant, Frequencity, and the day before David Powers sent me the promo for the new EP on Klectik, Back To The Islands by Synox. So I just figured out how to jigsaw that collection together, more or less. It ranges from 95 to 170 BPM, so some serious tempo creeping happens throughout. Not to mention the genre U Turns.

Full disclosure, Liz chose a track of mine for the last Subvariant comp Robohustlin, and I’ve had an artist crush on her ever since she played a show in Iowa City years ago. She does a lot of very interesting work in various capacities, from her music, to her electronic component jewelry, to the brilliant Electronic Musician’s Emergency Pack. Women are still relatively rare in Electronic Music, which truth be told is mostly a sausage fest, but the women who do get involved have something unique to offer.

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Foe PawDos Otros
Ella LaurenceaaaAH
SynoxBack To The Islands (David Powers Remix)
BeanBakeA Bicycle In Your Mind
SynoxConception
SynoxTamarindo
QuantazellePolychromatic Tomatoes
Belmont And ClarkDark Compression
EscapeSquare Fingers
LokuaHue
Mike GonsiorReflections
Jon MonteverdeHome
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Guest DJ Mix on WNUR Chicago

M50 invited me to do a mix for the Streetbeat show on WNUR in Chicago, and it finally aired October 28th. So Now It Can Be Shared.

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/Chaircrusher-2011-09-11-WNUR-Mix.mp3|titles=WNUR DJ Mix|artists=Chaircrusher]http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/Chaircrusher-2011-09-11-WNUR-Mix.mp3
Holy OtherYr Love
David Talento + Kent WilliamsMemoriam Part 2 (Mike Crooker Krautrock Mix)
RadioheadThe King Of Limbs (Altrice RMX)
PerkowitzTerraform
CodebaseTea Garden
CodebaseDark Lights
Chaircrusher+Rachel KannMy Mother Built Me Out Of Sticks
ReclooseElectric Sunshine
Andy VazDetroit In Me
CodebaseTransitions
Andy Vaz feat. EvaSoul Feelin’
Kerri ChandlerSo It Begins Again (DC10 Mix)
CardopusherThen What
Rex SepulvedaI94 Detroit
LegoWeltSark Island Acid
Rex SepulvedaI75 Detroit
Samo SoundboyShuffle Code
George FitzgeraldSilhouette
ChaircrusherBaile Pedro Baile
FloorplanBaby Baby
DomBlacklock (Donga & Blake Dub)
DJ RumMountains Pt 1
CyrusThe Calling
16 BitSerum
RadioheadGive Up The Ghost (Brokenchord RMX)
Machine DrumDon’t Survive

KRUI DJ Set 2011-10-08

Sublime Porte, Istanbul
I put out a call for unreleased/promo/advance music to include in this radio show back in September. The response wasn’t overwhelming but I got a few nice tracks from friends and acquaintances, and a rare opportunity to pick and choose among the unreleased music of my friends from Pittsburgh – Shawn Rudiman and Pittsburgh Track Authority. They both are represented liberally in this mix. Also featured prominently is the output of the Sublime Porte label from Istanbul Turkey. Sublime Porte has a load of music that I didn’t do, and it’s free to download so fire up your Googler and check them out.

My obligitory left-field choices are ‘Virus’ from Björk, which is lovely, and Enya’s ‘Boadicea.’ The latter has been going through my head for weeks, after I was reminded of it by an oddball mixtape on Soundcloud. My own track “Anguish Riddim” isn’t particularly anguished musically but a several unpleasant changes were happening at the time I was working on it. We’re all OK, but you know, life has plenty of ugly surprises…

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2011-10-08-DJMix.mp3|artists=Chaircrusher|titles=2011-10-08 KRUI DJ Mix]http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2011-10-08-DJMix.mp3
Michael KuszynsikiMidnight Morning
RandomanWinter In Space(Sublime Port Redshift Remake)
EnyaBoadicea
Shawn RudimanIn Light – In Darkness
TM EyePollution
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityMoving 2 Hard
ZzzzraPetite Lassitude N°3
BjörkVirus
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityApril Boogie
HabtUnstationary
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityNite Owl Video
ZzzzraEnnui Profon (Optic Remix)
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityMonongahela Rainforest
Voigt & VoigtSynthesize
Shawn RudimanGhola Idaho
Mr. BizzSpace 1999
ScubaEverywhere
ChaircrusherAnguish Riddim
Oblivion GardenWindmill Projections
Sublime PorteRed Apple (Subsky Remix)
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityOmar’s Here
ScubaNever
Shawn RudimanWhere does time go?
Weston PrinceAluna
Axial CrewSplatterfunk (w1b0 r3m1x)
RegisBlinding Horses
Claude Young & Takasi NakajimaRapture
PoleWipfel

New Bandcamp Release: EMS Putney Improvisations

I’ve put a new album up on Bandcamp: For Delia Derbyshire 2011-03-10

This EMS Putney came into my hands when I purchased it from Iowa City South East Junior High School in 1997. It is one of the unique artifacts of electronic music. The Putney & it’s close relative, the attache-case-housed Synthi, were workhorse synths at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and was a favorite of musicians like Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and other Space Rock bands of the 70s.

It’s sonic character derives in large part from the cheapness of the design and construction. Moog Synthesizers were laboratory grade audio equipment; the Putney is cheap and difficult to use in a traditional musical context. And yet it was seductive. It’s limitations and imperfections enlarged musican’s ideas of what sounds could be musical.

Delia Derbyshire was one of the pioneers of electronic music during and after her tenure at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She was both a gifted composer and an audacious and precise engineer. Since seeing her in documentaries, and hearing her music I’m both awed by her and have a synth-geek’s crush on her. She was on my mind as I recorded these pieces, and I dedicate them to her memory.

The 5 parts of this piece were recorded in one evening, with no editing or overdubbing. The Putney was plugged into the Stereo Memory Man pedal, and the pedal was plugged into my computer.

The only post processing applied was normalization. These recordings are as close to the original, raw sound of the instrument as I could make them.