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TOKYO TECHNO parties 2006

C-CHAN happy snaps!
inane contact details
PAPRIKA: the new anime from satoshi kon - review
one photo says it all: TOKYO DISNEYLAND
TEKKON KINKREET anime preview
album of the moment: V/A - HIFANA presents NAMPOOH CABLE
ZU-ZUSHI, part 2: IF? Records return to Melbourne
is this the coolest show on JAPANESE TV?
the best ADVERTISEMENT of all time
JEFF MILLS launches his "one man spaceship" in Tokyo
jonathan more raps about Dr Who: COLDCUT stylee
BEN SIMS labels for Andrez, September 2006
PowerShovel, Ltd.
SPANK ROCK rant a bit to our Tim
FAMKE JANSSEN raps about "x-men 3"
george w. bush: the real state of da union
PLAID: all about greedy baby & i-warp
movie review: STUDIO GHIBLI'S "gedo senki"
new IF? RECORDS sites
WORLD CUP round-up
IFFY links
TOKYO TECHNO parties 2006
muzak of da month #1: joy division rejigged...
movie review: "CARS"
new LITTLE NOBODY info links
BRAZIL music demo competition!
T.O.E. TV 1994
5000 FINGERS OF DR. T - "barbequeued crickets" video-clip
TIM DELUXE: ego killer
DORAEMON: is this the best japanese anime?
cocoa-chan blog
"get yer mitts on it" book selection #2
completely archaic video-clip of the month
silliest video of the year
the world cup
yoko umehara, art et al
gloria gaynor: that '70s diva
movie review: "poseidon"
little nobody / schlock tactile / andrez bergen
nightmares on wax
kid 606 'sometimes' video-clip
vegemite: anime stylee!
movie review: "dreamer"
the winners: the coolest, kitschest tv themes
jeff mills 'life cycle' (1994) video-clip
jammin' unit vs. vj sniper (video-clip)
movie review: luc besson's "angel-a"
classic japanese movie previews
si begg / the noodles foundation 'mad as hell' video-clip
evangelion vs. rammstein
kid koala 'fender bender' video-clip
dj shadow 'six days' video-clip by wong-kar wai
plaid 'eyen' video-clip
neil landstrumm / scandinavia
ken ishii - 'extra' anime video clip by koji morimoto
mamoru oshii - 2006
peanut butter wolf / stones throw
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si begg / noodles 2006
kid koala
video archive: front 242 'Headhunter'
movie review: mamoru oshii's "tachiguishi retsuden"
from the back of the fridge: cristian vogel (2000)
tony leung: 2046 / in the mood for love
movie review: "the producers"
ninja tune: zen tv II tour
kenji kawai
classic movie o' the month
"get yer mitts on it" book selection #1
movie review: osamu tezuka's "blackjack"
wine guzzler of the year award
fantastic plastic machine
coldcut: 'sound mirrors', ad infinitum
gene farris: 2006
captain funk / oe
the glimmers
deep dish vs. madonna
zen paradox / steve law
khan oral / captain comatose
luke vibert / wagon christ
from the back of the fridge: claude young (1998)
schlock tactile
calvin & hobbes
the winner: best american comic book cover of all time!
from the back of the fridge: melbourne - voiteck & honeysmack (1997)
from the back of the fridge: ken ishii (1999)
from the back of the fridge: aphex twin (1997)
cyberdada: archive playlists (pbs-fm)
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Wire and Metamorphose: More than just dance party dust...


For two such ostensibly progressive takes on the global dance music phenomenon - nearly 20 years after England's infamous Summer Of Love, when all these electronic shenanigans really began - the upcoming Metamorphose and Wire dance parties have one surprising element in common: History.



Take, for instance, Gabe Gonzalez.

He's one of the great unknowns to today's club enthusiasts - but that won't stop him heading up the Sonar Stage at Metamorphose.

Gonzalez cut his teeth as a drummer in George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars in the latter half of the 1980s, and has worked since with seminal funk and soul-fueled ensembles such as 420 Funk Mob (again with Clinton), Enemy Squad, and the Process.

The fact that he hails from Detroit should make even the most jaded clubber sit up and take notice.

Also from Detroit, joining Gonzalez under their joint alias O.D.D., will be former Parliament session player "Mad" Mike Banks.

He's better known for his pivotal role in setting up the highly politicized Underground Resistance posse in 1990 with fellow musicians Jeff Mills and Robert Hood - which completely redefined techno, as we know it today.

Mills himself, who broke from UR in 1992 to pursue (and achieve) international success as a deejay, producer, label entrepreneur, and occasional soundtrack scorer, will be headlining at Wire.

His stripped-down, relentless tech style, with its erratic-yet-catchy rhythm structures, has endeared itself to dance floors across the world, influencing cities from Berlin to Melbourne - and Mills' track "The Bells" has rounded off nearly every recent techno compilation from here to Belfast.

The same year Mills left UR, Japanese producer Ken Ishii signed with Belgium's R&S, and by the following year had featured on other vital labels like Force Inc. and Richie Hawtin's Plus 8.


Ishii, who'll also feature at Wire, is the man who proved the collaborative nature between Japanese culture and techno music - not just via the sound production gear he used, but by getting Koji Morimoto (the key animator on Akira and Fist Of The North Star) to do the memorable video clip for his single "Extra," back in 1995.

Metamorphose, meanwhile, imparts a nod to Chicago's past glories with the presence of DJ Sneak, aka Carlos Sosa.

Discovered in 1994 by Curtis "Green Velvet" Jones, Sneak's first singles appeared on groundbreaking house imprint Relief Records.

Fast-forward two years, and there he was tandem-deejaying with fellow Chicago luminary Derrick Carter across a world stage all too willing to embrace their take on filtered disco house.

Wire takes the dusty historical layer-cake, however, by unveiling a performance from Nitzer Ebb.

Formed back in the mid-'80s, and heavily influenced by German techno-pop outfit D.A.F., Douglas McCarthy and Bon Harris led the now-defunct electronic body music craze 20-odd years ago, alongside Front 242, and pumped out a swathe of memorable synth-and-angst anthems like "Murderous" (1986) and "Join In The Chant" ('87).

Mills and other Detroit peers have cited the style as a direct influence on their own nascent techno tinkerings - about the same time that Nitzer Ebb started to lose creative steam.

But Metamorphose and Wire aren't just set to replay the past, they're also focused on contemporary directions, with a swath of younger deejays and live acts at both events, the harbingers of possible future dance floor trends.

"At the Metamorphose party I plan to play a lot of my own stuff, mixed with other music I love - and, as always, when I'm playing, I will bring unreleased tracks especially made for the gig," John Dahlback told us last week.

Dahlback is a talented, 21-year-old Swedish deejay and producer who just so happens to have been born the year Nitzer Ebb released their first record.


Metamorphose featuring Manuel Gottsching, Sleep Walker, O.D.D., Mark Farina, DJ Sneak, DJ Patife, Luciano, Idjut Boys, Fumiya Tanaka, John Dahlback and others will take place Aug. 26, 6 p.m. at Japan Cycle Sports Center in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, (03)5721-6805.

Wire 06 featuring Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Hardfloor, Nitzer Ebb, Westbam, Alter Ego, Ken Ishii, Takkyu Ishino, Ryukyu Disko, Secret Cinema and others will take place Sept. 2 at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama,

(Aug. 19, 2006)

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