Wolfgang Voigt | Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Almost a decade after the last of his four landmark albums as Gas, Wolfgang Voigt is rewarding our patience with his presence: this Chicago concert, the first Gas show in North America, is one of only two U.S. dates on his current tour. (Dude is minimalist all the way.) Though he’s best known these days as a producer and as one-third of the Cologne-based label Kompakt—the world’s epicenter for artful techno and poised to break big stateside—and though he’s released compelling, progressive work under a dozen-odd pseudonyms, just like the rest of the label’s roster, Gas remains Voigt’s signal accomplishment. In contemporary ambient electronica, he has no peers. The music reissued in the 2008 box set Nah und Fern (Kompakt)—savage, rolling tones and drones, dark and dreamy in their lushness, pulsing at times with the soft thud of a 70 BPM heartbeat—is perfectly timeless, just as unsettling and mind-blowing now as it ever was. —Jessica Hopper



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