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Podcast: Silas Ritchie on his new electronic EP

The Madison-based artist and musician also has two DJ gigs coming up at Nattspil.

The Madison-based artist and musician also has two DJ gigs coming up at Nattspil.

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Madison-based artist and musician Silas Ritchie, who records under the name Silas Be, recently put out the Silas BeE.P, an eight-song (that’s counting the two bonus tracks you get if you buy it) document of his recent experiments in beatmaking, sampling, and pad-synth noisemaking. The EP takes a refreshingly open-ended and unpolished approach to electronic music, ranging from the stretchy dub of “Behuru” to the flute and percussion explorations of “FluteTuring” to 11 minutes of wine-glass sounds on “Wine Glass Master Pass.”

Ritchie’s other musical endeavors have included a series of releases inspired by his love of tea (including a remix compilation released last year), DJ sets, folk songs, and a contribution to the 2013 Madison multi-artist ambient release Colias 1. He also makes paintings and installation art, and in 2013 exhibited a photography project that chronicled his wait for a double lung transplant (he was born with cystic fibrosis).

Silas doesn’t have any live performances scheduled right now, but he will be DJing on October 19 and November 30 at Nattspil. He joined me at WORT this week to discuss the new EP and his plans for those two DJ gigs.

Segment produced by Dylan Brogan for WORT-FM. Keep up with the Tone Madison/WORT podcast on SoundCloud and hear a short version of it every Thursday on WORT’s evening news show. And don’t forget to join us on October 20 at the High Noon Saloon for a new live podcast, The Tone Cluster.

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