From another board:
Jeff Mills @ The Arches, Glasgow Scotland
The Exhibitionist tour
"that was the best set i have ever seen jeff mills play and one of the best dj sets i have witnessed.
He played for 3 hours and the whole set was played in sync with a large overhead video screen projecting passages from 2001: a space odyssey, including parts when the actual audio from the film could be heard clearly over the top of the music. He was definitely either controlling the visuals from the booth himself, or had pre-edited the visuals to be in perfect sync with the different phases of his set. It was really effective.
Musically, Mills was totally uncompromising and and at times played stuff that was really, really out there... which fitted perfectly with the atmospheric mood and disorienting visuals of the film.
Have to admit that i didn't expect Mills to play the sort of set he did at the Arches - I expected the usual slew of frenetically-mixed well-worn Mills staples like Step to Enchantment etc etc which i would still have enjoyed, but this set featured 80% music that I hadn't heard before. Plus the way he was playing, you just couldn't leave the room because you weren't sure what he was going to do next. He played a lot of really mad, abstract futuristic shit which other producers/DJs (if they had access to it) wouldn't even dream of playing and I've got nothing but respect for that. There's not many people that can (or indeed are even trying to)capture that feeling of "I've never heard anything like that before" that you got when you first heard a house/techno track, but Mills achieves it regularly with his productions and, when he's playing like this, in his DJ sets. Also I've never heard his mixing like it was last night - it wasn't rough at all, every single mix was 100% spot on and he just kept layering stuff to build the intensity rather than chopping it up as he sometimes does. To be honest it seemed like he knew exactly where he was working towards for the entire duration of the 3 hours.
Then after 2 and a bit hours of some pretty mindblowing sounds came the weird bit... just like in that new Exhibitionist DVD, Mills handed over the controls to Random Noise Generation who played out their entire (20 min) live set from the DVD on the overhead screen while Mills disappeared from the decks! This was definitely a bit bizarre, seeing people dance to a video rather than a real live DJ... After a few minutes I started to think "What's goin on here" and thought that maybe there had been some contractual wrangle which meant that mills was not going to play his full set and so had stuck on a video in the huff for the remainder of his time! Well although some people had buggered off there was still a lot of people in there, happily dancing away, many of them probably oblivious to the fact that they were dancing to a pre-recorded and commercially-available video, and some of them (god bless their cotton socks) just ....well...oblivious. Personally due to lack of funds and lack of motivation to retreat to the bar, I was pretty sober by the latter stages of the set, and was starting to get a wee bit pissed off with this. Was it the end of the set? And if so could somebody please tell me so that I can stop watching a video and go and buy some pakora?
Then it dawned on me, having already seen the exhibitionist film, that just like in the DVD the screen might pan to the right and control of the music would return to Mills on the decks. This would be just an interlude for Jeff to gather himself, and also it seemed that he had planned the set to be in keeping with the format of the exhibitionist DVD. Anyway, it meant that i could happily feck off and get a beer/answer nature's call.
Sure enough, at the climax of the Random Noise Generation set, the screen panned over to Mills on the decks. A huge cheer went up, even though at this stage people were only seeing a 2D incarnation of the man! But within about a minute JM was back in the flesh on the decks, mixing in a new record and out of the DVD soundtrack... Very different, and quite audacious / wanky / lazy depending on your standpoint, but I liked the way that he did things differenly and is really pushing the interaction between the music and the visuals. I also don't know if many other DJs could have done that without getting boo-ed or the natives getting restless... It was almost like having an interval in a film or performance.
When Mills came back he seemed to have a renewed intensity and yet again we were treated to some amazing and very powerful music, including new re-edits of some of his classic tracks like Condor to Mallorca and Growth, and a 909 session that was quite literally breathtaking, and had the place going berserk. By the end, the embryo in space passage was showing on the screen above, Mills had worked down to a beatless string-laden Bladerunner-esque instrumental passage which lasted for about 10 mins without a single person leaving. People were just standing there clapping - not just in time to the music as normal, nor the way they do in unison at the very end of the night, but just genuine and spontaneous applause! It was a pretty unique experience.
To cut a long story short, it was a really special set which I won't forget. Well done to slamevents for putting Jeff Mills on again and respect to him for taking things forward"