Pantha Du Prince, Savile | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Pantha Du Prince, Savile 

When: Fri., Nov. 2, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $15, $12 before midnight, $10 in advance
Over the past decade Berlin-based electronic musician Hendrick Weber (aka Pantha Du Prince) has earned a reputation for combining minimal techno with big, brainy experimental techniques without drifting so far out into abstraction that his songs lose their nocturnal dance-floor appeal—his best album yet, 2010's Black Noise, sounds like what you might imagine would happen if Philip Glass and Carl Craig ended up in a studio together. Previously he's incorporated field recordings and unorthodox "instruments" such as a microphone submerged in a glass of water, but his upcoming collaboration with Norwegian collective Bell Laboratories is by far his most ambitious. Elements of Light (scheduled for release in January by Rough Trade) uses a carillon, a three-ton mechanism that plays a set of 50 bells (modern carillons are distantly related to a 3,500-year-old Chinese instrument). This time through town, Weber will perform material from Black Noise, but he plans to tour next year behind Elements—presumably without the actual carillon in tow. —Miles Raymer Savile opens.


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