About Distorted Circuitry
Each week, Distorted Circuitry brought listeners two hours of the latest releases from the world of industrial, EBM, synthpop, IDM, breakcore, and rhythmic noise.
Distorted Circuitry was a second chapter of DJ Morgana's college radio show which aired for 6 years. The online edition started in 2004, hosted by DJ Morgana and alternate weeks by RaZoRGrrL, both based in Toronto, Canada.
Following the 10th anniversary of the creation of Distorted Circuitry in October, 2006, the show transformed into a transcontinental Distorted Community with the addition of DJ M of Italy, formerly Friday resident DJ at Savage Garden, who was a monthly regular.
DJ Flipps also became a monthly regular, taking over Morgana's spot; as Morgana completed her final show in May 2007, leaving the reigns to RaZoRGrrL and the distorted community. Occasional hosts included DJs Antithesis of Storming The Base and more.
Morgana also passed on the reigns to RaZoRGrrL for hosting ReGen Radio's weekly PodCast.
Distorted Circuitry aired every week on RantRadio Industrial.
You can hear past shows 24/7 on the industrial stream of partyradio.ca and Morgana's shows on Krac Radio out of Montreal.
To hear the show, please visit our ARCHIVES.
Distorted Circuitry is the name I came up with for my weekly show to describe the dark, energetic electronic music I played coined "industrial". It seemed like the artists used sounds resembling something played from circuits, with the clanging noises and distorted vocals. Thus, it seemed like a fine name to me. Next, I wanted a DJ name of a dark mythical, historical figure. Morgan le Fay from Arthurian legend seemed fitting.
Over the years, I realized that the name had a deeper significance. One could say that the industrial genre and what it has to say via song lyrics represents a "distorted" view of the world, or at least a minority view. Perhaps those who enjoy it are made up of "distorted circuitry" themselves, not fitting in with the norm, expressing themselves in ways that might seem quite alternative to the mainstream (extreme clothing, hair styles, piercings, tattoos).
But for me, Distorted Circuitry is not about a subculture; itís about craving something different--and that doesn't refer to superficial qualities like clothing or style. Maybe it's a subtle sense of humour, or experience, to suggest that seeking alternatives implies a distortion in one's make up.
- DJ Morgana
Message from Morgana, December 16 2007:
It's DJ Morgana here. I hope you are enjoying the winter wonderland that we are experiencing here in Toronto, if only in spirit and mood.
I am excited to say that I will be joining Razorgrrl for our 'traditional' January anniversary show in January, being posted January 28, 2008. Yes - it will be DJ Morgana back on the airwaves!
The January anniversary show will mark 4 years since Distorted Circuitry first aired on RantRadio Industrial! It's been a great run of delivering timely, up-to-date entertainment for the industrial music lovers of our small, yet world-wide scene! We've also been proud not only to be among a growing number of female DJs getting involved in industrial music, but also to have brought you a great variety of sub-genres and regular guest DJs to complement our broadcasts including DJ M from Italy, Antithesis of Storming the Base in Toronto, and DJ Flipps in Toronto. We hope you've enjoyed the shows!
The January 28 edition of Distorted Circuitry will also mark the end of Distorted Circuitry. I began the show back in 1996 at CITR in Vancouver which is the college radio station station at the University of British Columbia back while I was in graduate school. I continued the show at WMEB in Orono, Maine while working at the University of Maine and met many great industrial music DJs there in my 5 years with WMEB. I went back in 2002 and guest DJed there with Matt Skaves who had taken over the reigns once I left.
When I moved back to Ontario and settled in Toronto, I was strongly encouraged and assisted by Dan Morgan of Moon Rock to start up an internet radio show to the likings of Distorted Circuitry in 2003. I did it! It began as a show on Future Pop Radio called 'distorted.frequencies' which I came up with as a variation on the original name because I was playing a lot more 'future pop' and 'synthpop', however, it did not take long before I revived Distorted Circuitry that year and made arrangements with RantRadio to continue my love of true industrial, while including other sub-genres on Distorted Circuitry in January 2004.
It only made sense to include the new friends I'd made frequenting the industrial clubs in Toronto and beginning to club DJ in 2003, so I invited Razorgrrl to co-DJ Distorted Circuitry with me, and the rest is history! I was buying CDs from Razorgrrl's TiK Distro and had the chance to DJ club nights with her. I was also a regular customer of Storming the Base and had become friends with DJ Antithesis and his musical recommendations drove much of my favourites played on Distorted Circuitry. He became a regular guest DJ on the show.
It was with great pleasure we brought on board DJ M from Italy as well in 2005 - someone who had been in Toronto before I came, and seemed to have had many of the same friends as me, and so when we finally met, it was like we already knew each other. He has been a treasured colleague of Distorted Circuitry with his European flare. And soonafter came regular guest DJ Flipps who had moved in the same circles of the Toronto scene and who was a regular at all of the club nights we all attended and DJed at.
Also in 2005 came the additional portfolio of the Regen radio podcasts for ReGen Magazine. DJ Morgana split up each Distorted Circuitry 2-hour show into 2 one-hour podcasts, changing the voiceovers, for Regen Magazine. Razorgrrl soon hopped on board and did guest podcasts from time-to-time along with Antithesis and others on occasion, and she eventually continued for DJ Morgana in May 2007 and continues to DJ for Regen Magazine.
2006 was the 10-year anniversary of Distorted Circuitry and I put together an anniversary show that included clips from over the 10 years and various stations I broadcasted for. It was fun to put together and I planned my exit which came in May, 2007. And now 2008 is upon us. Razorgrrl has done a fantastic job at running DC since I 'retired' but like the rest of us, she has many responsibilities that limit her time and together we decided that Distorted Circuitry has run its course.
All of us at Distorted Circuitry want to take the time to say 'thank you' to all of the bands we've played, and to all of the listeners for tuning in. We do hope you will tune in one last time to listen with pleasure to our final show on January 28th. Thank you for your support!
- DJ Morgana