Kid Koala Credit: Corinne Merrell

Canadian DJ and producer Eric San, aka Kid Koala, is unbound by the structures typical of someone who operates with a couple turntables and a mixer. He’s made a name for himself as a master turntablist, both on his own and as part of the supergroup Deltron 3030 (not to mention his collaborations with Mike Patton and Gorillaz). He’s also penned graphic novels, contributed to movie scores, and pitched in on video games—his soundtrack for the breakdancing video game Floor Kids comes out on vinyl later this month. The concept for San’s Art Institute performances grew out of a series he hosted in Montreal in which he invited fans to sketch or write in public while he spun cosmic, ambient-leaning original compositions he had made with synths, strings, and, yes, turntables. The songs appeared on his first non-sample-based record, last year’s Music to Draw to: Satellite (Arts & Crafts), and he devised a unique interactive live show. Those who join his orchestra in Chicago will be able to command one of 60 turntables and play along by following colored lights directing which records to spin. San’s music has an immersive quality, and this is a rare chance to be able to step into his process of bringing it to life.   v