Moderat, Abstract Science | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Moderat, Abstract Science Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Wed., May 27, 8 p.m. 2009

If I were trying to pick likely collaborators out of the Berlin electronic scene, I doubt I’d start with Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (aka Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary). The former is obsessed with texture, and in his hands even bloghouse punks like Boys Noize can end up remixed almost to the point of ambience. The latter are more concerned with chopping up beats till they sound like a drum machine suffering a grand mal seizure. You might think mixing such radically different aesthetics would be like topping off a half-full glass of merlot with Mountain Dew, but the combined group, Moderat—whose self-titled album just came out on BPitch Control—works surprisingly well. The late-album suite of “Porc #1” and “Porc #2” is perhaps the best demonstration of their relationship’s success: synth pads and stuttering drum patterns merge and swell into a transcendent haze that would sound equally good through headphones or at a packed warehouse rave. DJs Chris Widman and Luke Stokes of WLUW’s Abstract Science open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $18, $15 in advance

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