Speaking in Code DVD available now at Fractalspin

Speaking in Code is an intimate account of people who are completely lost in music. A heartbreaking and lighthearted documentary, it’s a vérité glimpse into the world of techno.Captivating and entertaining, the film takes you around the world, following the people who make electronic music … their lives. I’ve watched it and could really relate in a lot of ways, from the experience of being a festival-go-er, DJ, musician, and promoter who’s passionate about electronic music. In particular I found one scene where the critic Philip Sherburn becomes emotional while talking about his dead father very moving. It’s a great documentary to add to your collection if you love music. Own yours now for $19.95.

One of the most need-to-watch music docs in recent memory.” — Urb Magazine

STARRING: Modeselektor, Wighnomy Brothers, Monolake, Philip Sherburn, Ellen Allien, Tobias Thomas, Marc Leclair AKA Akufen, Wolfgang Voight, Michael Mayer, Reinhard Voigt, Sascha Ring AKA Apparat, Sascha Funke, Miss Kitten and more.

Liz Revision: “Neurotransmission”

Neurotransmission by Liz Revision
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A conceptual DJ mix on the theme of love.

1. Bronnt Industries Kapital “Objects & Purpose (M.A.N.D.Y & Booka Shade Remix)”
2. Goldfrapp “Beautiful”
3. Tony Rohr “Afterburnt”
4. SCSI-9 “Sweets and Love”
5. Leon Somov “Without You”
6. Ulrich Schnauss “Blumenweise Neben Autobah”
7. Luomo “Tessio”
8. Williams “Poltergiest”
9. Larry Heard “The Sun Can’t Compare”
10. Gui Boratto “Beautiful Life”
11. Mochipet “Oly”

Speedy J’s open source track creation

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Dutch techno pioneer Speedy J released last year Kreate, a huge collection of his original loops and samples that allowed DJs to build entire tracks in a live setting. Then he launched the “Open Collabs” project that encouraged producers worldwide to submit samples and loops to him, so that he could build an entire album from them. It’s like open-source track creation, open source is a term that, in the software world, allows one to have access to a software’s source code–the guts of a program–so that they can use it as they best see fit, and / or continue to develop the program on their own. It’s become totally hot as of late, with the internet providing access to many minds and distribution methods.

So how has SJ’s methodology affected his DJ performances? Check him out this Friday at Smartbar.

Speaking in Code: A documentary on the passion-fueled lives of contemporary techno creators

Watching this documentary on the contemporary techno movement gave me goosebumps. And I recognized every single track in this trailer (yay for those technerd points).

Speaking in Code is an intimate account of people who are completely lost in music. A heartbreaking and lighthearted documentary, it’s a vérité glimpse into the world of techno.Captivating and entertaining, the film takes you around the world, following the people who make electronic music … their lives.

Starring: Modeselektor, Wighnomy Brothers, Monolake, Philip Sherburne, David Day & Amy Grill

Also featuring: Ellen Allien, Tobias Thomas, Marc LeClair AKA Akufen, Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer, Reinhard Voigt, Sascha Ring AKA Apparat, Sascha Funke, Mario Willms AKA Douglas Greed, Miss Kittin, Dan Paluska AKA Six Million Dollar Dan, Mike Uzzi AKA Smartypants

Featuring music by: Modeselektor, Wighnomy Brothers, Robag Wruhme, Ellen Allien & Apparat, The Field, Monolake, Michael Mayer, Gas, Jonas Bering, SCSI-9, Gui Boratto, Superpitcher, Steadycam, Dettinger, The Rice Twins, Reinhard Voigt, Oxia

Although the artists featured are mostly based in Germany, the internet has spread this particular sound throughout the world through niche-oriented internet media. Germans aren’t the only ones generating the energy of the new movement, but their scene is very visible. We do need educational vehicles like one this to explain to the world why we’re so passionate about something so abstract, yet moving and emotional. Can’t wait to see the final product.

ALSO: Here my more-academic rant on Gaper’s Block: “Speaking in Code: A Documentary on the Passion-fueled Lives of Contemporary Techno Creators”

Techno enthusiasts, I would propose, operate on a generally more abstract level than just “having a beat you can dance to” along with a sung allegory of lost love or pursued-yet-unrequited love. Much along the lines of Western Classical enthusiasts, they giddily freak out about an unexpected bass-modulated, gated atonality, and derive blissful pleasure from well-placed syncopation and juxtaposing the minimal alongside the maximal.