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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.

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Boards of Canada Olson(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 Tet The 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

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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.

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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 Mayer Oh Jolly Good
TM404 303303303606606606
Dreissk The Rising Tide
Muziq Ritm
Soho Hot Music
Armeria Not The Same (Taneli Rmx)
Mobb Deep Shook Ones Pt. II ( Rennie Foster Mobbin Deep Mix)
Dens & Pika Vomee
Mikkel Mayer Clap Your Hands
Delano Smith Trans
Boo Williams Real Tekno
Mikkel Mayer Rosie
Disco Nihilist Late Nights
Colin McNeal Astounding Science Fiction
DJ Cheeze Afro Fever
Jon Margulies Good Religion (Dub Mix)
Aybee Landing
Boo Williams Joy Ride
Maurice This Is Acid
Davor O. Out Of Reach
Skudge Inversion
Hieroglyphic Being Letters From The Edge
Submission Women Beat Their Men (Cevin’s Peak Hour Dub)
Chaircrusher Aurora
Justin Maxwell The Grind
XAmiga Kermit’s Day Out
Disco Nihilist Money Doesn’t Matter 2 Night
Andrew Duke Geisha (Claude Young RMX)
Randolph Earth 2 God (Mike Banks Remix)
Skudge Surface
Chaircrusher 2014-03-15
Yarinka Calucci Hot
K Larm & J Ranine Over The Space
Basic Channel Phylyps 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 Krates Dum Dee Dum
Autechre Lac Lacora
Autech Osla for n
Kid606 Blood Stevia Sex Magic
Kid606 Cute Never Dies
Autechre newbound
Imposter(s) Dead Prez
Imposter(s) Imposter
Justin Timberlake Suit & Tie (FourTet Remix)
Phaeleh Make You Feel
Kelpe Monte Verita? (Kevin Reynolds Remix)
Estroe Unconscious Suppression
Estroe Patiently Awaiting A Miracle
Estroe Comfor In Disguise
Estroe False Identity
Estroe Reaching Closure
Estroe State Of endurance
FourTet Ba Teaches Yoga
Estroe Sustainable Illusion
Estroe Happy Distraction
Estroe Out of My Comfort Zone
Estroe Beat Box Contest
Estroe Cock Sure
NAW Sub Bus
NAW Low Level Transi Movement
FourTet
Buchla
Four Tet Our Navigation
Douster & Gina Turner Hush
Four Tet Kool FM
Four Tet Parallel Jalebi
Parson Texas Crawl
Autechre M39 Diffain
Four Tet Gong
Kid606 Coronado 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 Russell How We Walk On The Moon (Youth Rerub)
Art Bleek June Gloom
Deflon Got To Give It Up Remix
Kage Luna Twighlight
Mekha Immersion Reshape
Chaircrusher Inner Marshlands
Omar S Be Yourself
Art Bleek Procedure 678
Cerebro Television Sky
Brian Prince The Accretion Disk
Omar S Tardigrade’
Cerebro Peripheral
Omar S Money In The D
Pittsburgh Track Authority Omar’s Here
Chaircrusher Song of September
Bleupulp Panta V2
Chaircrusher Birthday Girl
Cut La Roc Don’t Knock The Roc
Bleupulp Panta V1
Brian Kage Neoblue
Chaircrusher Tosh Der Putz
G-Prod Influence
Chaircrusher Aleppo Chili
Kerr Knoll Water World
Mekha Coma (Emmerrichk Rmx)
Brian Prince Mis 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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FourTet Unspoken
Marginal Style Is A Cage
Boards of Canada Nothing Is Real
Allumettes Wallace
S. Carey Two Angles
Tone Of Arc Lost In The Machine
James Holden Blackpool Late Eighties
Estroe & Nuno Dos Santos Second Thoughts
Deadbeat Jaffa Dub
RX Gibbs Honey Dub
Datalog Sumingoshi II
Chris Gavin Nice View (Martin Ruth RMX)
Datalog Arc
Deabeat Peripheral Artifacts
David Powers Remember The Future
Datalog Gampl
Stingrays Adjust To New Knowledge
Cerebro L System
Nathan Fake The Sky Was Pink (James Holden RMX)
Roska + Jamie George Secret Love
Takuya Yamashita Jupiter
Four Tet Lion
Taho Mon Bala
Aux 88 Blue Love
Rocket #9 Rotunda (FourTet Refix)
Takuya Yamashita Daybreak
Chaircrusher The Man Who Played Himself In The Movie
Stingrays Simplexity
Boards of Canada Cold Earth
Joel Brindfalk Great 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…

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Codebase Falling Bricks
Microlife Le Printemps
X09 Nuclear
Lush Sweetness & Light
Phaeleh For You
MS MR Hurricane (CHVRCHES remix)
Codebase Black Mondial
Andy Vaz Detroit In Me (Patrice Scott Remix)
Hapbt Wumpus8
Librah Gravity
Rrose Wedge of Chastity
Fielded Arms of Heaven
Librah My Love Is 4Ever
Ron Trent Pressure Zone
x09 Statika
Garage $ale Bump and Grind (Waze & Oddysey Remix)
Andy Vaz Stubnitz (Memory Foundation Remix)
Arthur Oskan Maximilian
Adam Marshall Chaos
Shawn Rudiman XK7 Dustoff
Kataconda Leaf One
Bleupulp London (Hemptera Mix)
Kataconda Leaf Two
The Translator Prime Time Chords
Shawn Rudiman One More Sometimes
Mount Kimbie Made To Stray
Bleupulp A Few Stories
Shawn Rudiman When To Let Go
Bleupulp The End Is Near
Chaircrusher Le Printemps Du Chien
Lerosa Slavery
X09 Arc
Martyn Oceania
Phaeleh Taking It Back
Flying Lotus Tiny 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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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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DFRNT Incubus
Mala Como
DFRNT Silent Witness
DFRNT Prism
Deadbeat Yard
DFRNT Suspended In The Deep
John Tejada When All Around is Madness
Deadbeat Horns of Jericho
Dom Dumoulin Gone
Deepchord Gliding
Deepchord Aeronautica
Deepchord Beneteau
Deepchord Aquatic
Deepchord Amber
Deepchord Fourier
Deepchord Cruising Towards Dawn
Deepchord Spring Mist
Dom Dumoulin Fields
John Tejada Stabilizer
DFRNT That’s Interesting
John Tejada The Function And The Form
DFRNT Everyone is Moving
John Tejada Orbiter
Deepchord Alfama
Dom Dumoulin Fields (Bleupulp RMX)
Deadbeat Wolves and Angels
Deadbeat Punta de Choros
Deadbeat Lazy Jane Steppers Dub
DFRNT Our Little Secret
Mala Tribal
Mala Cuba Electronic
Mala Change
Mala The Tunnel
Mala Ghost
Mala Mulata
Mala Changuito
Mala Revolution
Mala Curfew
Mala Calle F
Mala Noche Sueos
DFRNT Cruise

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.

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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.

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Items Paint Your Own Galaxy
Throwing Snow Brook
The Orb feat. Lee Perry Hold Me Upsetter
Mr De Tonight
Mr De Uh Oh
Tom Butcher mAS
Chaircrusher People We Know
Art Bleek Super Blue
ESG Moody
Mr De All For Granted
Tevo Howard Dusa Remix
Nehuen Bad Automation
Terse Proto
Octave One New Life
Nina Simone Sinnerman(Felix The Housecat Mix)
Totte Stay
Terse Velvet Purse
Jason Snell Event Horizon
Cooly G Is It Gone
Cardopusher Hotbox
Mike Huckaby The Tresor Track
Adam Jay Chatter
Gobby Viewing HRS ZZZ
Adam Jay Terrible Precision
Chaircrusher Prime 1
Totte Light Beams
ChaIrcrusher Klea
FBK Idol & Idiot
Cardopusher Wave Function
Cooly G Landscapes
Chance McDermott Renewing of your Mind
Dusk & Blackdown High Road
Chaircrusher Terrible Terrific
MuZiq Roy 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 Paw Dos Otros
Ella Laurence aaaAH
Synox Back To The Islands (David Powers Remix)
BeanBake A Bicycle In Your Mind
Synox Conception
Synox Tamarindo
Quantazelle Polychromatic Tomatoes
Belmont And Clark Dark Compression
Escape Square Fingers
Lokua Hue
Mike Gonsior Reflections
Jon Monteverde Home
Polyfuse Blood On the Urinal
Drasla Moonlight Somnambula
Elock Art On Acid

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.

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Holy Other Yr Love
David Talento + Kent Williams Memoriam Part 2 (Mike Crooker Krautrock Mix)
Radiohead The King Of Limbs (Altrice RMX)
Perkowitz Terraform
Codebase Tea Garden
Codebase Dark Lights
Chaircrusher+Rachel Kann My Mother Built Me Out Of Sticks
Recloose Electric Sunshine
Andy Vaz Detroit In Me
Codebase Transitions
Andy Vaz feat. Eva Soul Feelin’
Kerri Chandler So It Begins Again (DC10 Mix)
Cardopusher Then What
Rex Sepulveda I94 Detroit
LegoWelt Sark Island Acid
Rex Sepulveda I75 Detroit
Samo Soundboy Shuffle Code
George Fitzgerald Silhouette
Chaircrusher Baile Pedro Baile
Floorplan Baby Baby
Dom Blacklock (Donga & Blake Dub)
DJ Rum Mountains Pt 1
Cyrus The Calling
16 Bit Serum
Radiohead Give Up The Ghost (Brokenchord RMX)
Machine Drum Don’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…

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Michael Kuszynsiki Midnight Morning
Randoman Winter In Space(Sublime Port Redshift Remake)
Enya Boadicea
Shawn Rudiman In Light – In Darkness
TM Eye Pollution
Pittsburgh Track Authority Moving 2 Hard
Zzzzra Petite Lassitude N°3
Björk Virus
Pittsburgh Track Authority April Boogie
Habt Unstationary
Pittsburgh Track Authority Nite Owl Video
Zzzzra Ennui Profon (Optic Remix)
Pittsburgh Track Authority Monongahela Rainforest
Voigt & Voigt Synthesize
Shawn Rudiman Ghola Idaho
Mr. Bizz Space 1999
Scuba Everywhere
Chaircrusher Anguish Riddim
Oblivion Garden Windmill Projections
Sublime Porte Red Apple (Subsky Remix)
Pittsburgh Track Authority Omar’s Here
Scuba Never
Shawn Rudiman Where does time go?
Weston Prince Aluna
Axial Crew Splatterfunk (w1b0 r3m1x)
Regis Blinding Horses
Claude Young & Takasi Nakajima Rapture
Pole Wipfel

Chaircrusher Live @ Blue Moose 08-04-2011

I played last night opening for Ex-Action Model, Binary Marketing Show, and Dream Thieves. I’d have to say that this may have been the strongest bill I’ve ever played on. Totally rad.

But anyway here’s my set.

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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.

KRUI DJ Set 2010-03-05

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A little different than the last few sets I’ve done, as I brought the computer; I just didn’t have enough fresh vinyl for a show. It’s a combination of things that have been on mind, some for months, some as recent as this week. The Darkstar album North has been haunting me since it came out last year. Incredibly moody, emotional music.

Of course, for some of us, Radiohead’s new album King Of Limbs has been a recent obsession. It’s without hit singles, per se, but it does have something of what the Darkstar album has — inventive sound design & production as a way to make emotional connections. The When Saints Go Machine song “Fail Forever” is a recommendation from my son Lucas, who is music director at the Earlham College Radio Station. I never was into Radiohead before Lucas fell hard for them when he was 11; I got him to listen to Arthur Russell, so he knew I’d like anything that had some of that AR magic to it. I’m not sure When Saints Go Machine are Arthur Russell heads, but “Fail Forever” is haunted by him.

And then there’s Anika, who I was turned onto by Peter Kirn’s interview with her. The eponymous Anika is produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and has the sort of dark, noisy, rough production values that make the Jamaican work by Lee Perry and Clement Dodd so compelling. Two of the songs I played appealed to the hippy pacifist in me, Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Greta Ann’s “Sadness Hides The Sun.” Odd, but not that odd, that 60s era protest folks songs are so relevant still. Same assholes killing brown people then as now.

And there are 3 of my tracks, for better or worse. The Pete tracks are meant to get some additional instrumentation added when I can get Pete Balestrieri captured to put down some saxaphone, but I kind of like Music Minus One sounding stuff. Then there’s my shoutout to Muammar Gadaffi, “Hallucinogens in the Nescafe” which I wrote about earlier. He really is an epically evil motherfucker, and sometimes I think he says the hilarious things he does to soften the blow of his unrelenting, remorseless cruelty. He’s not Charlie Sheen, and of course, Charlie Sheen is another real-time tragedy whose humorous aspects can’t be denied.

But I couldn’t resist last night during my show when I tweeted “Thom Yorke doesn’t have tiger blood, innit? Tabby blood maybe.”

On a technical note, this mix is a cleaned up in a few places from the on-air performance — I was warping tracks in a mad rush yesterday and a couple of things were fucked up, resulting in dead air, tracks falling out of time, and one track getting played twice as fast as it ought to have been. There was one hilarious moment when somehow the tempo was following mouse movements when I wasn’t initially aware, so one track swung up and down between 120 and 200 bpm for a few seconds. But I photoshopped that out.

SYNKRO Open Arms
DarkStar SP
Anika Yang Yang
Chaircrusher Pete 1
DarkStar Separator
Just A Band Extra
Dirtbombs Shari Vari (Omar S Remxi)
Chaircrusher Pete 2
West Norwood Cassette Library Blonde On Blonde (Pearson Sound Remix)
King slaFF One
Radiohead Lotus Flower
T Williams Heartbeat
When Saints Go Machine Fail Forever
Rooflight Birds Outside The Window
Chaircrusher Hallucinogens In The Nescafe
Darkstar Aidys Girl Is A Computer
Sepalcure Fleur
RoofLight All Day Breakfast
TMSV Signal
Freeze & LX One Foreseen
Orphan 101 Propa
Anika Sadness Hides The Sun
Radiohead Morning Mr. Magpie
Urban Tribe Orbitals
Morgan Zaret Hookid
Anika Masters Of War
Instra:Mental + DBridge From The Start
Instra:Mental + DBridge Detuned Heart
Derek Piotr Cleopatra (Chaircrusher Remix)
LHF Candy Rain