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Funkstorung--Italian Chris de Luca and German Michael Fakesch--haven't changed much since they began releasing singles on their Musik aus Storm label in the late 90s. Inspired by hip-hop, they pile up herky-jerky electronic beats then sort out the mess with a magical sweep of the hand as ghostly synthesized melodies hang in the background. Over the years they've also remixed a wide range of artists. The superb Additional Productions collected rattling treatments of music by Bjork, the Wu-Tang Clan, and the East Flatbush Project, among others; de Luca and Fakesch carefully isolated vocal snippets then used a little melody or brief rhythm as a potent launchpad for stutter-step workouts. And on last year's Viceversa they tackled an even more diverse array, including French synth pioneer Jean Michael Jarre, IDM mainstays Plaid, Scandinavian new-jazzer Nils Petter Molvaer, and German indie rockers Notwist. In most cases they pluck one microscopic idea from the original to remake in their own image. The duo's only album of original material, Appetite for Discstruction (K7), makes it clear they're better at reinterpretation than invention: the music feels as mechanical as a software demonstration. Here's hoping that in their first Chicago performance since 1999 the group will incorporate outside ideas. Tuesday, June 10, 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Tina Winkhaus.

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