Chris Madak | Graham Foundation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Feb. 1, 8 p.m. 2014
Philadelphia experimental musician Chris Madak (who until recently performed and recorded as Bee Mask) is one of the most creatively restless denizens of the underground electronic scene, using each new record to expose a different facet of his protean personality. In the past he’s explored ominous drones, drifty space music, and shape-shifting multipartite compositions with relatively concrete melodies and rhythms, all of it made with analog synthesizers. The detail-rich pieces on 2012’s When We Were Eating Unripe Pears (Spectrum Spools), Madak’s most recent full-length, make dynamic use of silence and scale as they collide isolation-tank wooziness with an insistently throbbing pulse; aqueous gurgling, aspirated whooshes, acidic splatters, and glassy shimmers tumble and glide over driving post-Tangerine Dream grooves. On the Vaporwave 12-inch (Room40), also from 2012, he opts for long-form excursions with stronger melodic content and a gentler palette that includes haunting, wordless female vocals. —Peter Margasak RSVP at



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