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“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 down right, the festivals expand to other cities to repeat the template and income) these performers have chosen to work within and support specific communities, both musically and locally.

Friday, January 4, 20113

Striz, aka Ben Stroh, for instance is a dedicated member of the illmeasures collective that hosts unique electronic music events that can surprise, delight, and sometimes confuse their guests with their mix of live performance, video projection, crowd participation, and generally a Situationist-inspired, interactive space that can at some times conjure up an urban-based, toned down version of Burning Man. His DJ sets are equally eclectic and genre-bending, mixing funk grooves with downtempo, dup, breakbeat and instrumental hip hop.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Frankie Vega

Chicago-based Frankie Vega not only  organized many showcases of underground electronic music in unconventional spaces (to rave reviews) he’s also a well-heeled producer of his own merit. While his DJ styles slinks between Chicago house, minimal, deep techno and acid, he’s made a name for himself through the patronage of labels like Kompute, A Squared, Blueline, Tora Tora Tora and Remains. You can find music from Frankie Vega on iTunes and beatport.com.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Chris Widman

Chris Widman is a Chicago DJ that defies easy classification. As a host of the weekly radio program Abstract Science (celebrating 15 years in 2012), he is at the forefront of breaking new styles, brazenly crossing genres and re-contextualizing forgotten music into his vision that really seems to work. His DJ sets have the same philosophy, but less heady and more bass-y. http://abstractscience.net will keep you up to date.

Friday, January 25, 2013

DJ Warp

With a unique ear for electronic music and international music, DJ Warp has become a staple DJ playing at many Chicago clubs and venues, including past residencies at legendary clubs such as Shelter, Smartbar and Sonotheque. In addition to playing music at venues like the Aragon Ballroom, the MCA, Navy Pier or Riviera, Brian was the very first DJ to ever play the Chicago Symphony Center. His cultural ramifications were not limited to simply performances, though–he has been involved with Chicago musical culture for some time, being a program coordinator for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture / Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

With an unique ear for the latest in abstract dance music and unusual in international music, Brian has been lucky to share the bill and support some of the world’s top touring talents of many styles including; Luke Vibert, Konono No.1, Art Of Noise, Four Tet, Femi Kuti, Basement Jaxx, Bebel Gilberto, Plaid, Manu Chao, Nicolas Jaar, Jamie Lidell, Talvin Singh, Prefuse 73, Amadou & Mariam, Biz Markie and Bassnectar just to name a handful. Brian looks to use DJing as another form of musical expression in an effort to continue his life mission of turning people onto damn good music. Visit facebook.com/djwarpchicago

Weekly: Every Friday
From: Jan 4, 2013 to May 24, 2013
Hours: 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Cafe
78 E. Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

“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.

Review of Digital DJing Workshop at Spybar {In Polish Tho}

Here’s a great review of the Digital DJing Workshop where I did a presentation on Branding & Marketing yourself as a DJ. I’m glad people found it helpful and interesting. [English translation]



So my birthday is coming up…. *cough*

Here are some cool things that would be nice to have!

Korg KP3
A 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, a vintage analog style filter with a tone-bending drive circuit, and expanded EQs that are controlled directly from the pad. And moving beyond effects, there are also drum grooves and even RADIAS-inspired vocoder and synthesizer sounds that can be played free-form on the X/Y pad. WANT!

Pedobear Plush
Ah, the sweet dreams to be had to cuddle up the infamous child-chasing Pedobear.

Uh, or, um–not. The cuddly inviting Pedobear actually has more nefarious deeds in mind, so watch out, young’ns!

Although the lulz would be had, it’s definitely not a good gift for kids under 16.

M Audio X Session Pro Mixer DJ Controller
I had the earlier version of this to control Traktor. It was lightweight and did its job, so the new version would be good to have for more laptop-based performances where there aren’t vinyl turntables. The M Audio X-Session Pro USB MIDI controller is the easiest way to bring traditional DJ mixer-style control to the world of computer DJing and live performance.With a single USB connection, you get dedicated tactile controls for volume, pitch, EQ, cueing, transport and a crossfader. As a class-compliant USB MIDI controller, you can use it to control applications like Ableton Live, Traktor DJ Studio or any software that supports MIDI Learn, enabling you to bring DJ-inspired crossfades and filter sweeps into your live performances as well as studio productions.

Techno Fashion
The first roadmap into the relatively uncharted frontier of fashion and technology. And like any new world, this is one fraught with excitement, expectations and unknown potential. Comprehensive in scope and vision.’ Surface ‘Cerebral fashion gets the scholarly treatment by a writer intent on deconstructing the work of such artists and designers as Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan, Mandarina Duck, and Lucy Orta. Quinns book focuses on fashion as a multidisciplinary artform that encompasses architecture, interior design, and even camping equipment. Armed with thorough research and surprisingly personal interviews, Quinn makes fashion look smarter than the clothes could ever make the man.’ Black Book ‘Quinn’s book insightfully excavates the terrain of contemporary fashion and technology. From digital-display dresses to remote control couture, computerized clothing and i-Wear (intelligent wear), Quinn investigates the fusion of fashion with communication technology, electronic text.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
I’ve read and worked from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything and loved his recipes and instruction, so his vegetarian version should be awesome. Author of a dozen bestselling cookbooks and beloved columnist for The New York Times (“The Minimalist”), Chef Mark Bittman bookends his award-winning modern classic, How to Cook Everything, with How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian the ultimate one-stop resource for meatless meals. Refreshingly straightforward and filled with illustrated recipes, this is a book that puts vegetarian cuisine within the reach of every home cook. You’ll want to spend countless days in the kitchen with Bittman’s latest culinary treasure.

1,000 Graphic Elements: Details for Distinctive Designs
Great inspiration! Often, the small, delightful details make a piece shine, similar to the way unique buttons on a white shirt can give it an entirely new look. This book explores 1,000 of these embellishments available to graphic designers across all kinds of projects, from books to brochures, invitations to menus, CDs to annual reports. Exacting photography, which is accompanied by credits outlining the vendors and materials used, focuses on these details. This book invites designers to literally shop for ideas. Content is organized by type; if you?re in the market for an unusual binding, turn to the bindings section to see a wide collection of fresh ideas. Other topics covered include fasteners, graphics, unique materials, embossing, debossing, specialty inks, type treatments, interesting color usage, add-ons, die cuts, and much more.

Bendable LED Branches
I want a ton of these in different heights to decorate with! Too cool. The 36″ lighted branch has 5 LED lights and is the middle branch in the image above. These are LED lighted bendable branches. The branches work off a battery pack which is sold separately. The battery pack will power up to 3 of the branches at one time on 3 AA batteries. It has an on off button and a button if you want them to blink. The branches are beautifully crafted with hand-wrapped stems that are bendable into any shape you need. Use to light your wedding cake, ice sculptures, create unique centerpieces.

Oh and there’s lots more cool stuff! Here’s my Amazon Wishlist

[10.10.09] Regroup 1: Tara Grunwald

Join us for an exhibition of original works by Tara Grunwald of TGDesigns.

Free before midnight, $10 afterward or $7 after midnight with RSVP at http://www.going.com/regrouptaragrunwald. Valet: $10 all night. Late night sushi menu.

Your host: Emcee Subzero.


Liz Revision (subVariant) [IDM | Chill | Blippy Minimal Techno]
DJ Rick
[Glitchy Tech-step]

Presented by subVariant, House of Gods, Inkline and TG Designs


Artist Reception: 9-12am (Free)