Tonight I’ll be joining m50 for a radio show, covering the first half from 10pm until midnight. Joining me from Chicago’s south side will be guest selector DJ Ov’rdose who will be making his Chicago radio debut, delivering a fully authentic mix designed especially for you Chicago house heads! Following this, Phonaut will take us to midnight, at which time m50 will take over and provide more high quality programming you’ve come to expect. As always, tune your FM dial to WNUR 89.3 in the Chicago area tonight at 10pm, or head over to www.wnur.org to stream it live.
The 23rd of July will soon be here and with it Indiana Drones CDs! Carpe Sonum Records have been hard at work making this physical release a reality, and now the day is nearly here! This is the same album that was on Bandcamp last fall but this time on a proper glass-mastered CD edition. It is a humbling thing to have released an album quietly and in full lossless digital format only to have demand remain for a physical release. So this one is for the collectors and the old schoolers who still feel the need to own a physical artifact that can be held in your hands. Our personal tribute out of respect for, and in fond memory of Pete Namlook, who passed away around the same time the album was recorded. It comes complete with a small collection of startlingly lucid photographs from around Pete Namlook’s private studio and farm which was located near Traben-Trarbach on the Middle Moselle in southwest Germany.
To order the CD edition of Indiana Drones in North America, Ear-Rational will get it to your doorstep as soon as humanly possible, and has provided me with countless sonic gems since the 1990s. In Europe, Kudos Records is looking like your best bet.
Also coming from the same label is a monumental multi-CD compilation of tracks from many masters of all ambient-techno and related disciplines, the mighty Welt ist Klang. If this sounds like something you’d rather not miss out on, then head on over to this page and get the low down. Keep up to date on all the doings of Carpe Sonum Records at their tumblr page or their fb page.
I’ll be joining Vinny Northsyde, Sparkle Motion, and Savivas Ent tonight at Chicago’s Red Line Tap for a live performance starting around 9pm. Click on the flyer to the right for more details. This will be a slightly different kind of event for me, being primarily a hip-hop event. If you’ve been listening to any of my radio shows over the past years you’ve likely noticed elements of hip-hop occasionally creeping their way into my bass music mixes, and I’ve prioritized that kind of sound for this event. Think chilled hip-hop beats + swirling melodies and atmospherics. Hope to see you there!
Pre-orders for the physical CD edition of Indiana Drones, my collaboration project with Berlin recording artist Material Object, are now available via Ear-Rational Music. This will be an actual glass-mastered CD, not a CDR, limited to 500 copies. The artwork includes 5 stunning photos of Traben-Trarbach taken while Material Object was working with Namlook on the Elektronik project. There is also a Kickstarter page for this release, which will be active soon. Various pledge levels are still being worked out, but if you have suggestions feel free to pass those along. You may recall my original announcement for the album back in January. To date the release is still digital-download only, but this CD edition will be published on Ear-Rational’s new label, Carpe Sonum Records. So, if you’re a current Ear-Rational customer you can pre-order it there, otherwise the Kickstarter page should spring to life in the near future.
Tune in tonight starting at 10pm to WNUR-FM 89.3 or live streaming at www.wnur.org. We continue this spring sound saga with quite a few new releases to air this time around, as well as plenty of obscure downtempo gems in the mix. Brand new music informed by various styles including dubtechno, future garage, and ambient/drone collude in this unusual showcase of sounds. Like the speaker in the photo? Build one like it following these instructions from Instructables user Fungus Amungus. They certainly are eye-catching!
The spring broadcast series continues tonight, Friday April 19th @ 10pm on WNUR-FM 89.3 in the Chicago area, or streaming at www.wnur.org
If you’ve been following the recent shows you know what to expect, and as always there should be a few surprises. And if you’re a new listener, well you’re in for a treat, as this is a 4-hour excursion into quality downtempo and ambient music you won’t hear anywhere else.
In other news, Storm Thorgerson died yesterday. David Gilmour released a statement, and you may recall that Storm worked with Peter Christopherson (of Coil) at Hipgnosis, the famous British design agency responsible for some of music’s most memorable album covers.
The spring odyssey into sound continues tonight, Friday April 5th @ 10pm on WNUR-FM 89.3 in the Chicago area, or streaming at www.wnur.org
Planned for this evening is another excursion into bass philosophy, deep space ambient, and some rarely heard downtempo gems in between.
Looking ahead, a number of events and broadcasts are planned, including a rare public appearance for an exclusive downtempo/ambient/chill-out live mix session taking place at a local gallery here in Chicago. This looks like an interesting event hosted by DJ Warp and it’s only $5 so don’t miss it!