Have you longed to find a filmmaker who creates poetry out of a new visual-sound-motion lexicon? Canadian Peter Mettler just might be that Director. He connects the dots between disparate themes and makes meaning out of the world. He’s a long-time filmmaker who weaves together multiple story lines and creates a more nuanced and evokative whole that is not easily expressed through regular narrative.
As Mutek Festival in Montreal went into evening two, for the first time Jeff Mills (The Wizard), one of techno’s true pioneers, played the festival.
Techno artist Pan/Tone (aka Sid leRock, Gringo Grinder) joins me during his recent visit from Berlin for a chat about his new releases and his continued interest in the Toronto techno scene. Pan/Tone was visiting Toronto for a Break and Enter party.
That’s one question that will be on music enthusiasts’ minds, as the May 30th weekend approaches. Mutek in Montreal is one of the leading festivals for electronic arts - both sonic and visual - and they have just released a series of short teasers. The third video is below, featuring the Plastikman Live show and Amon Tobin’s ISAM Live show.
In May of 2011 I interviewed Richie Hawtin, one of techno’s early innovators, and the main man behind the m-nus label.
During our chat, Hawtin discusses what inspires him, his predictions of the future of planet earth, how he maintains his optimism, and the evolution of music and technology.
This interview was done while he was in Windsor, Ontario, preparing for his Plastikman Live Show at Mutek. You can read my article in spinner, based on the interview, here.
Hot off the heels of a momentous gig at Coachella, Anders Trentemøller and his six piece band are set to play Spain’s SOS festival this weekend. Although SOS is a smaller upstart festival, it promises to be just as memorable, with other live bands like Suede and the Kooks and DJs like Tiga also on the two-day lineup.
Posted on Jun 3rd 2011 1:00PM by Amanda Connon-Unda
Richie Hawtin is one of the world’s biggest DJs, but much of the Detroit techno luminary’s reputation is rooted in his pioneering production work as Plastikman in the 1990s. Lately, he’s been fusing his two careers together with his audio-visual extravaganza Plastikman Live. Enlisting a ten-person team of VJs and sound and light engineers, the Windsor, Ontario native has wowed dance crowds everywhere from Europe and North America to Japan, Argentina and Australia, including an acclaimed set at last year’s Coachella.
Hawtin will now bring his show to Montreal’s MUTEK festival tonight, June 3. It’s a homecoming of sorts as he first performed Plastikman Live here back in 2004. The techno superstar admits to Spinner that the gig seven years ago was a disappointment and explains how he intends to triumph tonight with the revamped show. Hawtin also shares his admiration for Trent Reznor and explains why he’s not worried that “this planet’s days are probably numbered.”
Posted on May 31st 2011 4:45PM by Amanda Connon-Unda
Nearly 100,000 people rang in Detroit’s 12th annual Movement Festival this Memorial Day long weekend dancing in the rain in the techno homeland’s outdoor Hart Plaza. The record number of attendees was up almost 5,000 from the previous year’s record, perhaps indicative of electronic music’s slow but steady resurgence in popularity in America after the decline and crack down of many underground dance music venues in the late-1990s, early-2000s.