Twenty-three-year-old electronica prodigy Jake Mandell is sitting in the spacious basement of his parents' Edina home playing connect the dots. Working on one of the two computers he uses to make music, he adjoins a series of onscreen boxes, manipulating a simple shape in as many different directions as he can imagine. (Think Photoshop for sound.) Adding new weaves and wrinkles to his inorganic music's timbral pattern, Mandell tweaks the onscreen image until it begins to resemble--ironically enough--a DNA strand. Breakbeat science, indeed. "It still sounds computery," he says as the waveform spasmodically flips and flutters. "But I kind of like that supercrisp... More >>>