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Aaron-Carl, in memoriam: 'He brought authentic humanity to a scene often overwhelmed, to its detriment, by cold-hearted technology'

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

Aaron-Carl Ragland, who died with shocking suddenness last week from complications of lymphoma, shaped his musical career by challenging all boundaries and taking on enemies and friends with equal fury.  He was diagnosed with the disease only days before he died. He was preparing for a European tou...[MORE]

Go deep: The man known as Scuba surfaces in Detroit this week

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

It's hard to know real talent anymore. We're gorging on product that comes at us instantly and in abundance from, well, our front pockets, where we keep our phones. Lost in our personal electronics, drifting through increasingly noncritical space, we're unable to tell musical good from evil anymore...[MORE]

Songs of the hour: Saving Detroit techno from the train station's fate

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

Christiaan Macdonald, Jennifer Paull and I are strolling through Corktown, meandering down leafy side streets that lead us from Mudgie's, where we had lunch, to Hello Records, in search of some Detroit heart and soul — on the ground, in the air, on vinyl. "This neighborhood's quite nice,...[MORE]

Party on, soldier: The Movement post-party scene offers a virtual grab bag of techno goodies

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

So many parties, so little time, to skewer an old cliché. Movement is organized insanity and then multiplied — but at least it's all taking place in one central location at Hart Plaza. The after-party scene is another animal entirely and even harder to tame. So we recommend you don't ev...[MORE]

Comes in colors: Shows you shouldn’t miss at Movement 2010

By Walter Wasacz, Hobey Echlin

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

GABE REAL From: Detroit Sounds like: Solid, party-kid-tested Detroit techno from a mega-promoter turned meta-producer who knows how to throw a party (Sunday night's "I ©? You But I've Chosen Techno" afterparty at the Works with SF's Claude Vonstroke) as much as spin one, as his work on h...[MORE]

Electronic muse No. 2010: Welcome back our friends to the party that never ends

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Cover Story

At least for five days and nights, the party doesn't end. Movement 2010 and all its associated events unofficially kick off a summer season of frolic in the sun after months of mid-north gloom; officially, it's a celebration of the music that snares the world with repetitive rhythms made expressly f...[MORE]

Groovy times: Mikel Smith and pals launch a label called, quite cleverly, Detroit Threads

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/5/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Mikel Smith used to be known as Detroit's oldest raver. We haven't heard that tag since the late 1990s, of course, when local electronic music hype was busting out all over the world, largely thanks to such then-surging properties as Carl Craig's Planet E, Richie Hawtin's Plus 8/Minus and various pr...[MORE]

Hello, darkness: Kode9 and Flying Lotus bring loads of 'sick vibes'

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 3/24/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

Perhaps no artist gets into the lows and highs of sound quite like Steve Goodman. When we say "low," we're talking the U.S. military and FBI "psychoacoustic correction" techniques used to root out Panamanian strongman-CIA stooge Manuel Noriega as well as David Koresh's Branch Dav...[MORE]

What a town!: Artists like Anthony 'Shake' Shakir maintain D-town's dominance of the dance music world this city invented

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 2/24/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

It's not just anywhere that one can start the work day hanging out in the vinyl-cluttered home studio of techno trailblazer Anthony "Shake" Shakir, bump into an electro theorist-practitioner (that would be Brendan M Gillen of Ectomorph, who unexpectedly dropped by), and then end it dancing...[MORE]

Blank generation: A fertile little scene celebrates five years of collaborative effort in the Motor City

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 1/27/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

Five years might as well be an eternity in the here today, gone tomorrow underworld of dance music culture. Raise your hands, clubbers and ravers — who can remember what made you sweat 'n' shout during the dark winter of '05? Well, if you were in Cologne, Berlin or Detroit, it was probably som...[MORE]

D-spirited!: The best of 2009

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 12/30/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

All signals — analog, digital, auditory, sensory — lead to and from Detroit. No other city remains as dedicated to the connectivity of mind, body and 4/4 beats. London? Berlin? Los Angeles? New York? Sure, those are all filled with sexy club life, we'll humbly grant that … and more! But ...[MORE]

Viva la revolution!: Comrade Aaron-Carl introduces a new D-town dance manifesto

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

When you're sick and tired of being sick and tired — that is, when folks in high places don't want you and me to enjoy ourselves — well, shit, Detroit dance music people, it's time to get off your asses and start thinking about a little revolution! That's exactly what Aaron-Carl did. Bu...[MORE]

Boo!: The dance-floor spirits are preppin' for D-Town's Devil’s Night

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 10/28/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

Halloween in Detroit Dance City — quite distinct from "Detroit Rock City," which is another brat entirely — is Swingin' Time, Shindig, Hullabaloo, Soul Train, Kill the DJ, Optimo, Trash, Club Motherfucker, [Kontrol], Brainfeeder, the Bunker and all those other sick parties from...[MORE]

Industrial tools: Krautrock originators mark their Detroit debut with cement mixers and power drills

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 9/30/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

Living a long life in the spectral borderlands has its rewards. Since you're basically invisible to most of the rest of the world, you're free to test your inspirations and then transform them into art, music or political energy — and do it any way you prefer. Invent! Reinvent! Take risks. Fai...[MORE]

Heat beat (Heat? What heat?): The dance scene warms for the end of a summer that nearly wasn't

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

Summer '09 may best be remembered as the one that arrived anti-fashionably late. After the Movement Festival's impressive Memorial Day weekend intro to the season of sweat, a nuclear wintry chill descended upon the creative electronic dance scene in this post-Motor City. The hangover of global reces...[MORE]

The pious beat: And the gods shtupped ...

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 8/5/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

And the gods shtupped ... Think of the serious dance party as a kind of liberation — a sweaty, primordial vacation from mundane, banal and ordinary life. It could include a temporary end to care and worry, ritual madness, even states of ecstasy and spiritual epiphany. Golly. That descriptio...[MORE]

Everybody's a star, baby: Movement 2009: That badass regional art project stays its vast international course

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/20/2009

Types: Cover Story

Hello cruel world, welcome to the Detroit party. Forget all your troubles, lay down your cares, everything is waiting for you ... downtown. Recession? What recession? The global economy is contracting? You don't say. It's time again to put your money where it'll do you the most good: dancing to ...[MORE]

Dance the night away: Or must-sees of Movement '09

By Hobey Echlin, Monty Luke & Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/20/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

CARL COX FROM: East London SOUNDS LIKE Cox pioneered the use of a third turntable in the late '80s, which allowed him to layer tracks into a tribal take on house music transcendent enough to levitate dancefloors without resorting to the fluttery trance bollocks of his superstar DJ brethren. Co...[MORE]

Party till you puke: A not-so-scientific roundup of Movement subsonic afterparties and other mind-warping ephemeria

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/20/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

So: A hard concrete rave with four stages, a marketplace featuring local and international labels and gearhead specialty vendors, clothing and accessory shopping options, a Noguchi-designed fountain to splash in, and the sensation of cool Detroit riverfront breezes to feel against your hot ski...[MORE]

Supersonic wordplay: Handy know-nothing's guide to techno lingo

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/20/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

Hey, club kiddies, technophiles, pro ravers, gearheads and other electro-fried insiders: this ain't for you. We know you've been techno-babbling about "BPM" and "EBM" in your sleep since at least '95, when you danced all night to Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva in a field of corn somewh...[MORE]

Theaking outside the box: D-town expat Rob Theakston explores 'sound and vision'

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 3/25/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

Sound and vision aren't just words in one of David Bowie's best songs. Increasingly, that phrase has come to describe a typical night out of experiencing live digital fun.In the clubs, in the galleries and museums, in festivals around the world, varied artists are using electronics-based multi...[MORE]

Hot hot heat!: Proper|Mod, 'the future of Detroit club culture' promoters, toasts two years of rising temperatures

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 2/25/2009

Types: Music, Electronic

So, did you hear the one about the gang that walked into a corner Hamtramck bar and then changed it, bitstream by itty bitstream, into a hotspot for Detroit techno, funky house and whatever else is bubbling below the surface on the global electronic dance scene?That same group then worked its ...[MORE]

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