Quadratic crafts dance floor oddities that skirt the boundaries of dubstep, techno and detroit electro. since their first EP release in 2008, the long-simmering collaboration of Chris Widman and Colin Harris of Abstract Science has impressed Chicago crowds with dynamic live performances opening for Rusko and DJ Distance at Smartbar; Kode9 at Sonotheque; Daedelus and King Cannibal at the Empty Bottle; and Hudson Mohawke at the Abbey Pub.
Chris widman is best known as a dj and long-time host of the Chicago radio program Abstract Science on WLUW 88.7FM. over the years, he has shared the bill with a diverse cast of underground luminaries — including Amon Tobin, Cinematic Orchestra, Jaga Jazzist, M83, Meat Beat Manifesto, Monolake, Plaid, The Orb, Skream, Unkle and Ulrich Schnauss—played every type of event imaginable, from raves to operas, and is now a smartbar resident dj. colin harris is an agile developer who spent many hours of his youth tweaking lines of code, playing with music trackers (and guitars), and pumping hours of bass-drive out of his computer subwoofer. graduating from a casio sk5 to fruity loops to ableton live, harris has transformed his programming skills to adapt custom devices for live performance.
The duo first met in 1998 at Widman’s club residency in Columbia, Missouri, where he first encouraged, and eventually, invaded Harris’ music projects: Widman’s experience as a DJ and drummer complementing Harris’s sense of melody and technical dexterity. the result is Quadratic.