Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Night Main Event


Derek Plaslaiko - the bunker/spectral NYC
Eric Cloutier - bunker NYC
Secrets - secret mixes/fixes-blank artists
Kyle Hall - wild oats-FXHE
Rev. Robert David Jones - tour detoit-scrummage univ.

Saturday, November 28
E&B Brewery Lofts
1551 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Few 1 Year Anniversary

\the Few Records will be celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary and throwing a party to reflect their newly diverse and talented artist roster. With the recent signing of Silverghost, New Music Detroit, Steven Robert and Patrick Russell, combined with the Few's artists Will Sessions and Adieu, there is no better time to get down with the Few Records. Grammy nominated and Movement's 2010 Creative Director Carl Craig headlines the mini-music festival. ACCESS Arts will be creating multiple art installations as well. Both rooms are musically curated by the Few Records’ label head Dominic Arellano.

Magic Stick Side:
- Carl Craig (Planet-E)
- Will Sessions Funk Big Band (the Few)
- New Music Detroit (the Few) (Performing Marc Mellits' piece, "Smoke")
- Kevin Reynolds (Todhchaí, Yoruba)
- Patrick Russell (the Few, Circus Company)

Majestic Cafe Side:
- Silverghost (the Few)
- Zoos of Berlin
- Steven Robert (the Few, Tour Detroit)
- the Replicas
- Adieu (the Few)

November 21, 2009
9PM-3AM 18+
$8 before 11:30pm, $10 after
4140 Woodward Detroit, MI 48201

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Chain Reaction Showcase Review

Last week's Chain Reaction Showcase was one of our best events yet, and much appreciation goes out to all the friends and music aficionados in Detroit who made this party happen!

As always, we would like to thank our team of friends who contributed in helping to run last Friday's event. Your tireless efforts are highly valued and you're a huge part of the reason why Blank Artists can evenly focus its energies into the many different facets of event production. Another thanks to Tony at Bully Audio for devoting his entire day to sound preparation and sound reinforcement. It sounded great, per usual. An especially huge thanks to the talented cast of performers. Patrick Russell's proven many times over why he's one of the most gifted dj's in the city of Detroit and the showcase opening was no exception. René and Pete, WOW!..... an amazing live performance and two ass-shaking dj sets to follow. We hope to see you visit Detroit again. Also, we would like to extend a thank you to Brendan, Erica, and the Interdimensional Transmissions crew for playing hosts and helping to make the Chain Reaction booking possible. Lastly and a intrinsically, we would like to thank all other friends, fans, and listeners. Your energy and support are a major source a inspiration and a main reason why we will continue to move the future of Detroit to a beat. Til next time......... when we shall rendezvous for our 5 year anniversary!

Photo Cred: Christine Abuel Pompa

Jared Wilson - Ghettoblaster - 7777

From: Clone Records

Jared Wilson is keeping the acid alive in Detroit. ''Ghettoblaster'' is Jared's second release on his label 7777. ''This Love,'' is a slower deep track with haunting 303 bassllines and a a voice chanting This Love. The title track, ''Ghettoblaster'' is an jacking stomper for the floor. ''Last Two,'' is a very nice Chicago influence acid beat track. Our favorite is the intens This Love with amazing 303 which sounds like Aphex Twin doing chicago house. Also included in this 12 inch is the "Office Analogue" cut, taken from last year's Blnk-10 release. Listen and order a copy HERE.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Markus Guentner @ The Duderstadt Center

From: Nospectacle

Video and Performance Studio
Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan
2281 Bonisteel Blvd
November 20
6 - 9 p.m.

This special audio-visual live electronics presentation features a North American exclusive: an appearance by Markus Guentner, a German artist known as an innovator of the pop ambient sound for Cologne's Kompakt label, with Detroit-based digital dub stylists nospectacle.

The performance, Collapsing Borders - Einstürzende Grenze, at the University of Michigan's Duderstadt Center will include composed and improvised music and video, mixed and sequenced by the artists. The point of focus is to show how art and entertainment technologies play a crucial role in transcending political, cultural and psychological borders. It is part of a series of events at the University of Michigan this fall commemorating 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Guentner is best known for his work on Kompakt, which released his full-lengths In Moll (2001) and 1981 in 2005, and various single tracks on its annual Pop Ambient series. He has also released minimal house and techno music (Audio Island, Lovely Society) on the Ware label, also based in Cologne, and has a new LP, Doppelgaenger, released this fall on the Dutch Sending Orbs label. He has produced soundscapes for Ambient Works, a comprehensive workstation for creating cinematic atmospheres for feature films, documentaries, commercials and new media project applications. Guentner's only other area appearance was at Movement, Detroit's Electronic Music Festival, in 2006. He lives in Regensburg.

nospectacle is an electronic music, video and DJ hybrid project based in Detroit. The group is made up of Christopher McNamara, Jennifer A. Paull and Walter Wasacz, and performs original works by McNamara, a founding member of the Windsor-Detroit laptop group Thinkbox, re-shaping the source material into drones, dubs, disembodied voices, subsonic bass immersion and streaming images. McNamara's new release Vague Cities includes a remix by Guentner.

The group has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Detroit Institute of Arts and at the Movement Festival. In 2008, nospectacle hosted Klimek, another German pop ambient artist, at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Listen to nospectacle live at Cranbrook 2008 here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chain Reaction Showcase Media

As the weekend nears closer, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of Friday evening's Chain Reaction Showcase. The event, which features individual dj performances from René Löwe and Peter Kuschnereit, and then a live set together under the alias Scion, has not only garnered our own personal interest. Rather, local media outlets around Detroit are also excited about this rare appearance from two of dub techno's most respected innovators. Both Model D and Metro Times featured the Chain Reaction Showcase among this week's top musical events. Access the news hits below.

Metro Times
Filter D

Photo Cred: Seze Devres

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blank Artists Podcast | November 2009 w/ Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell (Mentalux, The Few, Circus Company), exists at the intersection of abstraction, archaeology, and construct, where he builds complex sensual jacking dancefloor environments through the careful selection of widely varied audio artifacts. Through these tools, he seeks to extract the intangible subtext of electronic music's history and present it in its raw and most purest form.

A Detroit-bred DJ, artist and producer since the early 90's, Patrick has played countless clubs, parties, and high-profile events throughout his career. His resume highlights include everything from performing at the 2001 & 2008 DEMF/Movement festivals to an exclusive opening for Jeff Mills in Detroit in 2007. His latest release on Circus Company, "Valt Trax", has been praised by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Dan Bell, Matthew Dear, and Cassy, and showcases the depth and perspective of a producer gaining momentum.

For the first Blank Artists podcast of 2009, we offer you this very special mix by Patrick, on the eve of extraordinary performance for this week's Chain Reaction Showcase event. In addition, we recommend that you browse Mr. Russell's November chart for Resident Advisor. It is chocked full of burners!

Mixed By:
Patrick Russell
Length: 51:12
Format: MP3
Bit Rate: 320 KBPS
Link: Download