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Compiled and mixed by Mister Joshua

Special guest mix from Abstract Science and Quadratic's Chris Widman


Letter from the Editor


Optimize \ äpt-tê-miz \ v

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Managing a blog hardly seems like the grand harnessing of technological advancement it once did. No, not everyone has one, but its not exactly foreign territory for people anymore. That said, there is an art to maintaining one so as to garner repeat visits. And it’s an art that we’ve learned as Dialogue Inc. has grown over the past few years. While the site gets modestly respectable traffic from day to day, we’ve been undergoing a “spring cleaning” of sorts to offer up greater content, in smaller bytes, more frequently to increase it’s value for people.

Our guest DJ for this installment is local radio host, veteran selector and Smart Bar resident Chris Widman—also of local tech-step duo Quadratic, alongside Colin Harris. Talking with the two of them during a recent interview (see below), the tech-savvy side to what they do is undeniable. Harris, a computer programmer, has actually fashioned his own computerized instruments to accompany Quadratic performances. And their name is about as big a math reference as you can get. So it seemed especially fitting that this introduction focused on all the tweaks we’re making around the site to enhance the experience for all of you.

While we’re still reluctant to host free music—the recent Google/Blogger crusade was all too effective—we’re going out of our way introduce new music, artists and creative projects on a daily basis, in order to uphold our mission statement as being a go to place for all things forward-thinking.

We’ve joined Twitter. We chime in multiple times a day with videos, songs and links to free stuff, so please follow us. We’ve also teamed with our close musical cohort Scotty Brandon in another, more open-ended blog called TastenotWaste.net. Please check it out and subscribe to it’s feed if you feel so inclined.

With that, we’d like to move on to the music, which, after all, is why all of us are here reading this in the first place. This installment is another doozie. We surf from deep and minimal to indie and electronic to warbly and soulful. This might honestly be one of our best shows yet and is linked to recent interviews we’ve done with Glimpse, Drop the Lime and Ellen Allien.

Let the conversation begin.

— Joshua P. Ferguson

Guest Mix Profile | Chris Widman + Quadratic

As mentioned, we were fortunate to sit down with local tech-steppers Quadratic a.k.a. Chicago producers Chris Widman and Colin Harris. Widman is the longtime host of Abstract Science, possibly the city's number one radio source for new electronic music and it’s been running for just about a decade now. As a DJ he spans just about every nuanced subgenre in electronic music, making him a wonderfully kindred spirit in the city. As if that weren’t enough, he’s a tireless promoter who acts as one of the main dubstep residents at legendary club Smart Bar and he regularly brings top-notch international talent to town. Recent guests Chicago can thank Widman for helping promote include Blockhead, Incyde, Hudson Mohawke, Caspa, Nosaj Thing and King Cannibal. The gracious gentlemen that they are, Harris and Widman have contributed a recent live set from Quadratic to go along with the blistering DJ Mix that Widman did for us. Read on for our interview with Quadratic and to hear the live set. (Pictures link to articles).

“People are trained to certain sonic cues. So when the dubstep song does ‘this’ I know what’s going to happen. If you don’t have some certain elements of that same common language, people are utterly confused and don’t know what to do. Which we enjoy, but sometimes you want people to dance too.” —Colin Harris, Quadratic.

Quadratic Live from the Abbey Pub, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Quadraticlive by dialogueinc

Live Review: LCD Soundsystem Live + DJ set @ Metro | Smart Bar Chicago

"He then encouraged us all to simply live in the moment, a sentiment that I couldn’t help but agree with as the concert-goers to my left and directly behind me were filming this monologue with said iPhones.” — Joshua P. Ferguson of James Murphy

Live review at Time Out Chicago

Live show photo gallery at Time Out Chicago

DJ set review + photo gallery at Time Out Chicago

Interview | Ellen Allien

We just sign artists and try to let people find them. That’s the key. It’s not about one sound. I ‘m not some diva that says you need to sound like me. People can grow with us in the way they need to grow, not how I say they need to grow. It’s just helping them find their way.”—Ellen Allien

Interview | Glimpse

“When you operate an analog kit, you’re using your hands every time you make a sound. You’re moving your body to move the sliders and the knobs which imprints your signature in the sound more than automating something in Logic or Cubase or Ableton.”—Christopher Spero a.k.a. Glimpse

Album Review | Booka Shade MORE!

"An impeccably constructed record, MORE! loses none of the sheen that makes Booka Shade a master of its art, yet it doesn't come across as potently as the duo can. This is not to say that subtlety shouldn't be rewarded. A song like "Regenerate" bounces with an understated oompa-loompa cadence before an intense crescendo."—Joshua P. Ferguson

Interview | Drop the Lime

“I went to my first rave and that’s what really got me intrigued by electronic music. I saw a DJ, thousands of chicks going crazy to a DJ and I realized, like you can make all these people dance and… Still get the girls.”—Luca Venezia

Live Review | Flying Lotus + Kode9

"The philosophical bass music juggernaut Kode9 kept his entire set fresh, playing across the board from dubstep's deep and techy side to its wonkier side—he threw the Midwestern kids a bone and played Major Lazer's "Pon Di Floor" and one or two other Rusko-flavored cuts.”—Joshua P. Ferguson

Other Noteworthy posts:

Live Review(s) | Detroit Movement Festival coverage

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Dialogue Incorporated #19

Hosted by Mister Joshua P. Ferguson

Special guest mix from Abstract Science’s Chris Widman


Hour 1:

Kaito “And That Was the Way” (Echospace’s Transcendental State) – Kompakt

Caribou “Jamelia” – Domino

Holy Ghost! “Say My Name” – DFA

LCD Soundsystem “I Can Change” – DFA

Jori Hulkkonen “I Am Dead” (Hercules & Love Affair remix) – Sugarcane

Ellen Allien “Sun the Rain” – Bpitch Control

Trentemøller “Sycamore Feeling” – In My Room Recordings

Glimpse “If I Was Your Girl” – Crosstown Rebels

Booka Shade “Regenerate” – Get Physical

Drop the Lime “Devil’s Eyes” (Classixx mix) – Trouble & Bass

Kode9 “You Don’t Wash” (dub) - !k7

Ramadanman “Don’t Change For Me” – Hessle Audio

The Streets “Blinded By the Light” (Nero remix) – Locked On

Rusko “Hold on” – Mad Decent

Sunday Girl “Four Floors” (Diplo remix) – Cd-R

Scuba “So You Think You’re Special” – Hot Flush

Washed Out “You and I” (featuring Caroline Polachek) – Adult Swim

Hour 2:

Exclusive Abstract Science mix from Quadratic’s Chris Widman:

chris widman - subfix.mix.01 - recorded 01 may 2010

eskamon (eskmo + amon tobin)-"fine objects"-ancestor

hrdvision-"summer's beds"--where did you just go?-wagon repair

east flatbush project feat. des-"tried by 12 (acapella)"--uproar

skream-"midnight request line (zinc rmx)"--bingo

kanji kinetic-"zombies"--new era-tigerbeat6

danger mouse + banksy-"keep it real"-no label


kraddy-"alien porn (si begg rmx)"--equinox

mesak-"virgins of bergen"--school of mesak-harmoenia

akira kiteshi-"boom n' pow"--black acre

liquid stranger feat. warrior queen-"mutants"--the intergalactic slapstick-interchill

mrk1-"the electrician"--contagious


6blocc + dstro feat. k'lin-"talk too loud"--terminal dusk

ebola-"alpha paw"--lo dubs

musical mob-"pulse x (vip)"--inspired sounds

headhunter-"prototype (modeselektor rmx)"--tempa

chimpo-"spectrum skank"--offroad

jackie's army-"murther (iris soundsystem rmx)"--voltage

fstz-"i got the funk"--we

monolake-"alaska (surgeon remix)"--ml/imbalance computer music

skream-"movin' snarez"--disfigured dubs



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