Meet the Lab Host: Dudadius’s Bryan Rheude

Meet the Lab Host gives you an inside look at the innovative, creative, forward-thinking Chicago organizations hosting CIW 2014 Labs.  To learn more about 2014 programming, consult our online schedule.  Tickets go on sale to the general public September 2, 2014.

Join Bryan Rheude of Dudadius for a Modular Synthesis Lab on Wednesday, October 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dudadius is Bryan Rheude’s passion project. In his day job, he composes music for commercials at Comma Music. Through Dudadius, he focuses on his work as an electronic artist, using analog modular synths to create unique, captivating sounds. Rheude recently gave us some insight into how he approaches music—and how Lab participants will approach music after getting hands-on at his studio.

Dudadius’s Bryan Rheude stands in the studio where he
creates sophisticated, fun electronic music.
In three sentences or fewer, what is your organization’s manifesto or mission?
My mission, with Dudadius, is to create sophisticated electronic music that is fun, engaging and thought-provoking. I like to approach each sound as a custom element, giving everything a made-from-scratch ethos.

Why Chicago?  Tell us why this idea or organization is based in Chicago, how you think the city has supported the project and how you think the project contributes to our city. 
Chicago has a great history with electronic music (Chicago is the birthplace of house music, after all). But even more relevantly, it’s an awesome urban landscape—with all of the cultural benefits that brings—yet still of a manageable size and craziness level.

Give us a sneak peek of what we should expect at your Lab.  What hands-on, interactive activities do you have planned for participants?  (But don’t tell us everything—keep some of your Lab a surprise!)  

I’ll start with a brief performance on my modular system before diving right into a hands-on Lab in which you’ll learn the basics of creating electronic music yourself. You’ll create your a patch on the modular system yourself.  It’s a Lab for musicians and music lovers alike.

We want to be in the know!  Name one person, place or thing that you think is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets—a secret until now, of course.  
Tati Cycles is a completely personal bike shop that is unique in every respect. The owner, J, is an interesting blogger and observer of culture, and he curates a very singular collection of cycling items. 

Q&As are edited for clarity and length.

Erin Robertson is managing editor at Chicago Ideas.

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