Archive | February, 2012

(SP-1200) 7 minutes of Sound w/ Grap Luva (Pete Rocks Brother)

(SP-1200) 7 minutes of Sound w/ Grap Luva (Pete Rocks Brother)

Posted on 27 February 2012 by illektrik

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Simon Pyke / Freefarm

Simon Pyke / Freefarm

Posted on 27 February 2012 by illektrik

Freefarm Film from Simon Pyke / Freefarm on Vimeo.

Really cool & inspirng short film on Simon Pyke about sound design and musical production. It really helps to think outside of the box when in comes to sound.

Tewz – Helix EP

Tewz – Helix EP

Posted on 26 February 2012 by illektrik

 

 

We are very proud of our newest release over here at Illektrik; the Tewz – Helix die-cut picture vinyl. This is definitely one of the coolest pieces of vinyl artwork that any of us have seen, and the music is equally impressive. With an initial run scheduled for 1,000, it actually only came in around 522, and we don’t have plans for a second pressing. So, get while you still can! They are already starting to sell out.

Oh, and we almost forgot to mention … In addition to being featured on VICE Italy, Helix  just got nominated for ALBUM OF THE YEAR!  you can help us win by going over to the Pirates Press facebook page & liking the post about Helix.

b.1980 Tewz is a Chicago based beat maker & visual artist (recently featured on Bravo TV’s Work of Art). Armed with dusty fingers, circuit bent drum computers, distorted kalimbas, wonky tape reels, vintage organs, fuzzy guitars, & low frequency oscillation; Tewz makes beats for space ships, planets, and intermagnetic loop travelers. You can expect a lot of crackily samples, lo-fi drums, tape hiss, and a gang of weed smoke.

The title of the album “Helix” is a reference to the Helix Nebula located in the constellation Aquarius.

Helix is limited to 500 worldwide.

Also available through Dusty Groove & Crosstalk Intl.

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p.s. There was also a Flexi 7″ released with 2 tracks from the album. We don’t have any left, but it is still floating around in select stores & on the interwebs. I know for a fact (at the time of this post) that there are 3 copies at Reggies Record Store, get them online at Undergound Hip Hop, or even Discogs. For Japanese fans you can order from Disk Union. There may also still be a few at UHF records in Detroit.

 

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Talking Trees

Posted on 14 February 2012 by illektrik

German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck recently debuted a record-player he developed which is capable of digitally reading the rings of tree-slices and translating them into piano music. Tree-rings, are annual records of a tree’s growth rate — which in turn offer clues to the hardships and fruitful periods experienced over the life of the tree.

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

Pretty cool stuff, but just How exactly does it work?

“A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music based on the year ring data. Those are analyzed for their thickness and growth rate and are then mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.”

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Charles Krafft – This ain’t yo momma’s porcelain!

Posted on 14 February 2012 by illektrik

Really fantastic work by artist Charles Kraft … I could write more, but these pictures really speak for themselves. I’ll try anyway.

There’s something about taking an idea so loaded, like a gun (pun intended) and making it out of such a fragile material like porcelain that … well, ask yourself what it means? Kraft draws upon the Dutch tradition of Delft painting, but does it in a way that turns it upside down. This is the kind of work that appeals to both the fine artist and the layman.

And if you get a chance, check out his series of natural and socio-political disasters painted on found china plates called Disaterware™.

 

 

More info here and here

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What does the internet look like?

Posted on 06 February 2012 by illektrik

In the process of trying to find out more information about a BUND Reel to Reel “Black Box”, I suddenly found myself on a completely random blog page looking at images and reading information about topics that weren’t even loosely related to my initial search. This probably happens to everyone. I read somewhere recently that it’s not unusual for the average 20-30 something to start at one place, and end up somewhere completely different; not just on the interwebs, but in our life paths and careers. It is one of the defining characteristics of our generation; and the ability to adapt and change isn’t a bad thing. It’s how we got here in the first place. All of this got me thinking about nature. I find more often than not that physical patterns in nature are a mirror image of the way we connect to each other, and I wondered; What does the internet look like? I had imagined, naturally, that it looked something like a tree, or a series of connected root systems. I was right.

Here it is.

“No map exists of the entire Internet, but these lines show the paths an e-mail might take across some of the largest networks. The lines branch at each network router, or node, along the way. Colours were assigned according to the geographic domain (for example, .se for Sweden) where each network router was registered. The map was created using the skitter tool (developed by D. McRobb at CAIDA), which sends out small packets of data from a source to many destinations through the Internet. The data collected by skitter give a snapshot of the Internet at a particular moment. (Graph created by B. Huffaker using graph layout code provided by B. Cheswick and H. Burch.)”

Clayton Brothers

Clayton Brothers

Posted on 06 February 2012 by illektrik

I discovered the Clayton Brothers by pure coincidence. A few years ago I happened to be at Chicago’s most intimate bar, the Matchbox. On that particular day I happened to be sitting next to graphic designer Monty Beauchamp. As he often does, he had with him a few copies of his magazine BLAB. I purchased two different issues from him right there at the bar. Inside those pages were some of the best contemporary artists this side of the Mississippi. Two of them happened to be brothers; The Claytons.

A lot of their work deals with the human body, but in a way that can’t be described by words. Instead, they use color, shape, and context. For good reason, their work always reminds me of the Chicago Imagist Ed Paschke.

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You can find out more about them here.

 

 

The Date Farmers

The Date Farmers

Posted on 06 February 2012 by illektrik

The Date Farmers continue to blur the lines between high and low art. Their work is socially powerful, culturally relevant, yet emerged in an outsider art aesthetic. When I look at their pieces, I see letters from county jail, home-made tattoos, urban decay, and Latino identity reconstructed in a elegantly beautiful and critical way. My favorite works are those pieces that are simple; stripped down to just one idea without all the extra bullshit that a lot of contemporary artist put into their work. They’re honest. They present ideas as they are; in a matter that doesn’t necessarily take a particular stance, but still speaks volumes. Props.

We Are in this Together

 

Try and snag a piece if you’re lucky.

Nagra Field Recorder

Nagra Field Recorder

Posted on 05 February 2012 by illektrik

While age doesn’t always indicate quality, I would say that as a general rule they are directly proportional. Of course, if something vintage hasn’t been maintained properly (i.e. rust, battery corrosion) then that proportion changes inversely. But I guarantee that most well made older products with the proper amount of maintenance blow 90% of anything manufactured today right out of the box. Case in point; the Nagra reel to reel field recorder.

Swiss made with a polish inventor (Stefan Kudelski), “Nagra” is actually polish slang for “it’ll record”. His company won numerous technical awards for their precision and reliability. This is THE field recorder tried and trusted by countless directors in the 1950′s to sync audio to film. It boasts three Oscars® and an Emmy® Award. It was also used to record Amon Tobin’s groundbreaking Foley Room.

If you happen to come across a working example for a decent price consider yourself lucky.

Otherwise look on ebay. They go anywhere from $7,00 – $2,000

Happy hunting.

 

Amon Tobin – ISAM

Amon Tobin – ISAM

Posted on 04 February 2012 by illektrik

If by some slender chance you still haven’t heard (or seen) ISAM, then you’re in for a real treat. You ears will thank us for introducing you. For Tobin’s latest trick, he’s been touring the U.S. with this massively elaborate projected stage show ISAM. I saw it at the Congress Theatre in Chicago and it blew my fucking mind. The theatre is very old, which was an experience in itself. Actually, I know a guy that fell off of the Congress several years ago. Somehow, miraculously he lived. Saved by pigeons; they helped break his fall. I personally try to always make sure that i’m falling up.

 

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