New Quantazelle track on “Frequencity” compilation from subVariant

Posted by on Nov 3, 2011


I curated a Chicago-artists-only compilation of innovative electronic music for my label, subVariant called Frequencity, and contributed a track as well. Read more about it and download it here.

01. Beanbake: “A Bicycle In Your Mind” [Melodic Electronica]
02. Belmont and Clark: “Dark Compression” [Analogue Electro]
03. Ella Laurence: “aaaAH” [Acid]
04. [esc]APE: “Square Fingers” [Dark Electro]
05. Polyfuse: “Blood on the Urinal” [Electro Industrial]
06. Foe Paw: “Dos Otros” [Prog Rock]
07. XYZR_KX: “Home” [Folk IDM]
08. Mike Gonsior: “Reflections” [Downtempo Electronica]
09. Quantazelle: “Polychromatic Tomatoes” [Melodic Electronica]
10. Lokua: “Hue” [Minimal Techno]
11. Drasla: “Moonlight Somnambula” [Neo-Classical IDM]
12. Elock: “Ari on Acid” [Chiptune]

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Cindy Sherman’s photo–the inspiration for my bio photo–is now officially the most expensive photograph ever

Posted by on May 20, 2011

See the resemblance? Cool. Cool, cool, cool.

I’ve always admired the artist Cindy Sherman for her self portraits in photography, and it’s great to see that her work has become so in-demand to this scale. I thought the action of staging photographs and then composing and shooting them herself was both liberating and resourceful.

Like Ms. Sherman, my creative process involves being alone, thinking, devising, mentally-sketching, tweaking, re-tweaking, re-thinking; sharing for feedback, and then re-tweaking some more. It’s emblematic of the contemporary, technology-enabled artist, in a way. Creative types have so many resources available: so many mediums to muck around in, so many visual sandboxes (like Adobe CSx–Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier); audio playgrounds (like Reaktor, Ableton, FL Studio) and platforms for interdisciplinary / cross-medium work (like Max/MSP, etc).

I, for one, am excited about the future.

In my music projects, as Quantazelle, which is my production alias, I try to always push sounds and expectations into a new place. I use “weird sounds” in place of traditional instruments, but with always a melodic and structured approach (using a sample of a plastic chopstick hitting a wine glass as an open hi-hat, with effects). But, I do like dancing and club culture, and sharing songs that I feel are really testing the boundaries. So I DJ as Liz Revision, and play those songs that I feel fit where I’m going.

So, I felt that to do an homage to Ms. Sherman, but with a circuit-bent Speak And Read and headphones would convey my direction. I play with sounds, I screw around with them, I share them. I play. But I know the context in which I present my work, just as Ms. Sherman does.

And the uber cool thing is that, for the average person, all the tools are available for getting it out there. It’s mega-DIY, FTW. If you have an idea, it’s considerably easier to get it out into the world than it was at any time before now. I can manipulate a photo, create a 3D mockup, and write the next hit pop song from an internally-complex, but user-friendly 15″ x 12″ box with pushable letters, a box that correlates to an arrow and a screen that gives me feedback.

When I applied to art colleges, I was so disheartened by the rampant insistence that I choose a medium. I didn’t like the feeling of being forced to create within an established “language” (medium) that could be critically evaluated (by critics who specialized in media). Then I found California Institute of the Arts, was accepted, and played and played and played and finally found my voice. A voice that was me, and not limited to choice of media, but one that used media to express the ideas I wanted to introduce to the world.

And that, I feel, is true contemporary artistry. Knowing that the clay of the world is yours to play with and yours to enjoy.

And screw the critics. :-)

PS: I have prints available of my version here.

You can see what I’m working on here.

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Gifty Quantazelle Stuff!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2010

If you need gifts for electronic musicians, or feel like adding some cool stuff to your wishlist, Check out the Electronic Musician Gear section at my geek boutique, Fractalspin. In particular, the Electronic Musician’s Emergency Adapters are pretty frakking useful. There’s also a bunch of free IDM compilations from subVariant up, too.

And in case you missed it, earlier this year I released a bunch of samples I use in my Quantazelle project under a Creative Commons license, so feel free to download and play around with them. And, yes, I have t-shirts.

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Quantazelle track featured on Le Vestibule radio show Oct 2

Posted by on Oct 3, 2010

PLAYLIST of the 690th radio show « Le Vestibule » October 2, 2010 from 9:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

1) Gabriel Johnson: “No Words” (ELECTROFONE MUSIC)

2) Thievery Corporation: “Shadows Of Ourselves (Feat. Lou Lou)”

3) Crocodiles: “Mirrors” (FAT POSSUM RECORDS)

4) Breakbot: “Baby I’m Yours (Feat. Irfane) (Aeroplane Remix)” (ED BANGER RECORDS)

5) Unkle: “Country Tune (Feat. Gavin Clark)” (SURRENDER ALL)

6) Dark Dark Dark: “Celebrate” (SUPPLY AND DEMAND)

7) Deerhunter: “Earthquake” (4ad)

8) Opera Multi Steel: “Fureur en Asie” (WAVE RECORDS)

9) Exit Calm: “You’ve Got It All Wrong” (CLUB AC30)

10) Klangstabil: “Vertraut (Ostball Remix by Synapscape)” (ANT-ZEN/MHZ RECORDS)

11) Surface Of Atlantic: “Tear Garden” (METROPOLE RECORDS)

12) Peace Orchestra: “Shining (Feat. Chilli Bukasa)” (G-STONE RECORDINGS)

13) theYage: “Devils & Angels” (DYSTOPIA RECORDINGS)

14) Young Galaxy: “Lost In The Call” (ARTS & CRAFTS)

15) Lindstrom and Christabelle: “Lovesick (Fan Death Rework Remix)” (SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND)

16) Joe Galen: “Fish And Chips” (CREAKED RECORDS)

17) Auditory Canvas: “Lost and Found” (SUMMER RAIN RECORDINGS)

18) Quantazelle: “Digital Love” (SUBVARIANT)

19) Handful Of Snowdrops: “Astronaut” (NANOGENESIE)


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