abstract science is future music radio: a weekly exploration of innovative electronic music and its roots since 1997. this staple of chicago’s airwaves investigates the current evolution and influence of dj culture, dance music and experimental sounds on a global level. co-hosts CHRIS WIDMAN, HENRY SELF, LUKE STOKES + JOSHUA P FERGUSON showcase the latest releases alongside underground classics, overlooked gems, exclusive live performances, interviews and dj mixes. past guest include AMON TOBIN, APPARAT, BONOBO, BURAKA SOUND SYSTEM, CONVEXTION, DAEDELUS, DEADBEAT, DJ KRUSH, FOUR TET, JAGA JAZZIST, JUAN ATKINS, LUKE VIBERT, MONOLAKE, MODESELEKTOR, PLAID, RJD2, ROBERT RICH, SLEEPARCHIVE and SQUAREPUSHER. more info at abstractscience.net
absci radio 1163 – whoa-b + henry self
New music from PROC FISKAL, GANT-MAN, DARKSIDE, JIMMY EDGAR, SPECIAL REQUEST on this ABSTRACT SCIENCE podcast, with BILL BEARDEN aka WHOA-B + HENRY SELF in the mix. BILL begins the program with footwork-inspired jungle + drum n bass. HENRY follows with an eclectic mix of indie-electronic, electro, downtempo + ambient breakbeat. [aired 15 April 2021...
absci radio 1161 – whoa-b + luke stokes
New music from DRUMSKULL, SCRATCHCLART, SCHNEIDER TM, COIL + more on this Abstract Science podcast, hosted by BILL BEARDEN aka WHOA-B + LUKE STOKES. BILL begins with a mix of breakbeat, grime, electro + techno. LUKE follows with a bit more techno, gradually descending into downtempo, braindance + soundscapes. [aired 1 April 2021 on WLUW-Chicago...
absci radio 1160 – toyacoyah + chris widman – daphne series
TOYACOYAH guest mix + new music from JANA RUSH, BORED LORD, SAM BINGA + CHIMPO, + more, on this ABSTRACT SCIENCE podcast, hosted by CHRIS WIDMAN. Chicago DJ TOYACOYAH begins the last episode of this year’s March showcase of women in electronic music + DJ culture, with a mix of upfront drum n’ bass rollers....
absci radio 1159 – daphne series – joshua p ferguson + henry self
ANJA SCHNEIDER, ANZ, JULIET FOX + SOFIA KOURTESIS top the list of producers being showcased on this DAPHNE edition of ABSTRACT SCIENCE with hosts JOSHUA P. FERGUSON + HENRY SELF. Keeping our annual tradition alive—despite the pandemic pressure keeping us out of Chicago’s SMART BAR, where DAPHNE was founded—we’re dedicating the month of March to...
absci radio 1158 – daphne series – whoa-b + chris widman
New music from DJ GIRL, OCTA OCTA, DUTCHIE, DAVIS GALVIN + more, on this ABSTRACT SCIENCE podcast, hosted by BILL BEARDEN aka WHOA-B + CHRIS WIDMAN. We continue to dedicate March programs as a showcase for women (including trans & non-binary) in electronic music + DJ culture, as inspired by Smartbar Chicago’s annual DAPHNE series....
absci radio 1156 – joshua p ferguson + henry self
New music from LEON VYNEHALL, MOGWAI, OCTO OCTA + AXEL BOMAN on the latest ABSTRACT SCIENCE podcast, hosted by JOSHUA P. FERGUSON + HENRY SELF. For the first hour, JOSHUA gives his set over to the dance floor vibes we’ve all been missing for the past year, focusing on boogie, disco cut ups + a...
Electronic music at its finest
I don’t think a music curation can get much better than this. From club heavy tracks to the most far out experimental. Perfect in every way.
For the heads
This is easily some of the finest curation I’ve heard on a show covering electronic/experimental/underground sounds. From dark, spare D&B to current jazz to techno to breaks and even sometimes some old electro, these shows are giant, satisfying doses of everything that I didn’t even know to look for but should have been. Helmed by a dedicated crew of people who have contributed to the Chicago scene in many ways since the 1990s, creating a body of work that stands as a national treasure.
A Unique and Inspiring Voice in Electronic Music
Always on the pulse, and edge, of electronic music in the world today. With a slight lean towards the UK, but based out of the temple of Chicago, they cover the gamut of new releases on labels big and small, always with a big of real feeling in their selections. Cannot recommend highly enough.