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MUTEK Week ! ! wow ! !

Suedehead

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Plastikman & Andrew Weatherall @ MUTEK

I just got home from this event... I really had an amazing time. Ritchie pulled it off this time, he could have gone overboard at certain moments but didn't. He kept it together both musically and visually. Through the years Ritchie has always been hit and miss with me, this time he was spot on.

Andrew Weatherall only got to play for about 45 - 50 minutes... all the same it was great electro-tinged techno. I haven't felt inspired to dance so much at an event in so long. Sober but high off the experience. The best way to be!


-E
 

Techno_Lord

TRIBE Member
High on Richie

I love you Richie Hawtin my faith in Techno has been restored to maximum levels. More on this subject when I return.

Props to my new Montreal Triber friends you guys really know how to party.

Yay Mutec Yay Richie Hawtin

TL:cool:
 

BigBadBaldy

TRIBE Member
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE AN IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF THIS SHOW FOR ALL OF US UNLUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE NOT BEEN THERE. :D
 

blipblurpbleep

TRIBE Member
^^^
i think the only thing that would satisfy us would be a multi angle video of the whole night....high quality sound and picture of course
 
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chipotle

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Re: Plastikman & Andrew Weatherall @ MUTEK

Originally posted by Suedehead
I just got home from this event... I really had an amazing time. Ritchie pulled it off this time, he could have gone overboard at certain moments but didn't. He kept it together both musically and visually. Through the years Ritchie has always been hit and miss with me, this time he was spot on.

Andrew Weatherall only got to play for about 45 - 50 minutes... all the same it was great electro-tinged techno. I haven't felt inspired to dance so much at an event in so long. Sober but high off the experience. The best way to be!


-E
looking forward to seeing him in the 30th then.

he is awesome IMO
 

ian

TRIBE Member
Man I have been hearing such mixed things about this performance, which I think is what I expected, but am not 100% sure. . . certainly interested to hear what everyone has to say. . . .
 

terrawrist III

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by ian
Man I have been hearing such mixed things about this performance, which I think is what I expected, but am not 100% sure. . . certainly interested to hear what everyone has to say. . . .
he's one heavily scrutinized DJ/producer...maybe even the most bashed/loved in DJ culture...I'm kicking myself for missing mutek and this jam though:( :(
 

BigBadBaldy

TRIBE Member
Re: Re: Plastikman & Andrew Weatherall @ MUTEK

Originally posted by chipotle
looking forward to seeing him in the 30th then.

he is awesome IMO
This was a live Plastikman performance, not a Richie Hawtin dj performance.

You won't be seeing anything of the kind on the 30th.
 
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Suedehead

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Well, Downer, Jenn and I really liked it and we were honestly more there for Andy Weatherall.

Ritchie was really good and I have always been ultra critical when it comes to his Dj'ng, prodcutions and live performances. I was the last person to think that I would enjoy it but I really did.

Hopefully someone will give you a more in depth review BBB, I am not one for those! :)



-E
 

litespeed

Well-Known TRIBEr
meh... hawtin was supposed to come on at 11pm.. came on at 12 instead. Very long intro before he got going which was quite cool... 20 minutes in he had me... 10 minutes later he lost me and didn't get me back.
absolute garbage... and many people I spoke with thought the same and a good number thought it was incredible but they weren't able to explain why. I just didn't get it.
Weatherall on the other hand was playing some rocking tunes. too bad he only had 40 minutes
 

litespeed

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Anyone check out the closing party at metropolis the next night?
Now those were some good live sets! Except for donnasummers
 

UR

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by ev
Anyone check out the closing party at metropolis the next night?
Now those were some good live sets! Except for donnasummers

Went to see Mike Shannon & Jay play at SAT before the big night. Made it to Metropolis by 11 and checked out what a nice venue it was. Old theatre style with a great sounding deep thump.

Plastikman behind a very modern 24" Plasma screen started with some great ambient minimal fairytale techno and led into some classics like spastik and consumed was amazing in that place. Love every minute of it. Just wished he played longer. Andrew bumped it out till close, 3am. Bunch of my friends went to see Magda but I was drained.


The next night rocked. $40 for 6 live pa's and ending with herbert dj set.
The live pa's were great beside donna summers (not sure what kind of rotterdam message he was trying to get across) Each live pa got better and better. The Rip Off Artist has some serious groove on by the end of his set. Crackhaus did not disappoint leading the way for Herbert to take the decks starting with Radiohead - Everything in it's right place followed by some very dance chunky beats that had the floor packed. Danced until 7 when the lights came on and know I have to prepare myself for work tommow.

UR


Much more than this happened this weekend, but this message has taken my last bit of energy so it ends here.
 
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db

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We arrived around 11:00 to a pretty packed venue. We were all worried that we were missing the opening of Plastikman's set only to rush in and get hit with some ambient/drone type stuff that made me wonder if I was in the right place.

After a long wait Plastikman came on at 12:00 played a somewhat lack lustre set. Innovation and pushing boundaries is what this man has been about, but I didn't feel like this show really had much of either quality. Musically there were some high points, but nothing I really felt like I hadn't heard before.

Similarily the visuals and lighting effects that he was in control of didn't really do much for me. Of course these visuals weren't meant to be the mind-bending psy-madness that one might see at a Psy-Trance party, but I never once felt that the visuals added anything interesting/extra to the show. I noticed a few times that Rich was looking back over his shoulder to double check the visuals -- it looked like he may have been having some difficulties with the setup.

As a couple other people mentioned Weatherall came on for a measly 45 minutes and really got things going. I would have loved to hear more of him and honestly felt disappointed that 2 hours of a Plastikman/Weatherall show was wasted with the ambient stuff that was playing until 12:00.

Metropolis itself was a great venue -- the sound was good and it had a really good layout (checkout http://www.metropolismontreal.ca/metropolis/reserve_en.asp if you want an idea). The staff was friendly and well organized. The crowd was a little sedantary -- I realize Mutek is an arty festival, but there were far too many people just standing around. Definitely a few people woke up the next day with red marks on their chins. :p

We left Metropolis and went to Circus for the afterparty with Magda. I give Circus a big BOO for being so bloody pretentious and Studio 54ish. We waited for easily half an hour while the arrogant doorstaff picked out all the porn stars, crack heads and dirty-birds while casually looking through our group of friends multiple times as though we weren't even there. Finally after the bouncer told another group to "next time bring some girls" I spoke up using my limited French, pointed to the ladies in our group and said "Voila! Un, deux.." and he let us in. Jerk.

Circus was also a pretty nice club (once finally inside) -- a sizeable dancefloor, lots of different chill areas, a couple massuers and generally friendly people. Magda was playing some great dirty stuff (think Sway, Zync Grooves, Rilis, etc.) and was playing it more consistently than when I saw her at the Opera House last June. Unfortunately she still seemed to be having some technical difficulties with the Final Scratch setup. There were at least a few lengthy "dead-air" sessions, and I'm pretty sure her laptop crashed a couple times as I saw her look over at Villalobos (sp?) and shout "we're fukked!"... :)

Anyways, we stayed until about 7:30 or so and headed back to the hotel to rest up for the rest of the weekend. All in all, a good night out -- glad I went and happy to support all the artists involved. Nice to see Phil, UR, ktown and crew (and to finally meet Mike Mitchell) and to meet Mike from Atlanta and Shea, a recent Montreal transplant...
 

coleridge

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Originally posted by scatterBrains
Unfortunately she still seemed to be having some technical difficulties with the Final Scratch setup.
I have yet to witness or hear about a Final Scratch set that didn't have some sort of problems.

It's like the Power Point of the DJ world. Works in theory but never comes off without a hitch when it matters.
 

chipotle

Well-Known TRIBEr
Re: Re: Re: Plastikman & Andrew Weatherall @ MUTEK

Originally posted by BigBadBaldy
This was a live Plastikman performance, not a Richie Hawtin dj performance.

You won't be seeing anything of the kind on the 30th.
yea I know.. but still.. stoked to read that he is putting on great shows.. who is to say he wont play a plastikman record or two at his dj gig?
 

Skipper

TRIBE Member
Re: Re: Re: Re: Plastikman & Andrew Weatherall @ MUTEK

Originally posted by chipotle
yea I know.. but still.. stoked to read that he is putting on great shows.. who is to say he wont play a plastikman record or two at his dj gig?
playing a plastikman record is not the same as a plastikman show. lol
 

chipotle

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Plastikman & Andrew Weatherall @ MUTEK

Originally posted by Skipper
playing a plastikman record is not the same as a plastikman show. lol
I know miss techno dj.. but it is as close as I will get. In anycase, it is the same person just under two different monikers.

If he is putting a lot of effort into one show...hopefully the same holds true for his other moniker as richie hawtin. I can only hope so.
 
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UR

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Originally posted by scatterBrains
Nice to see Phil, UR, ktown and crew (and to finally meet Mike Mitchell) and to meet Mike from Atlanta and Shea, a recent Montreal transplant...

Hey did I meet you at the SAT on Friday afternoon?
 

db

TRIBE Member
^^^ I was there but I didn't see you. I ran into you Phil and crew at Metropolis and Circus -- we first met back in April at Kraftwerk. :)
 

why not

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by coleridge
I have yet to witness or hear about a Final Scratch set that didn't have some sort of problems.

It's like the Power Point of the DJ world. Works in theory but never comes off without a hitch when it matters.
that's funny, i've yet to hear it fuck up (and i've seen people use it live at least 10 times in the past year)

i remember Magda having some tech problems at the Opera House, but nothing that you could blame on Final Scratch.
if i were her, i'd work out the bugs before taking it on the road.

from what i've heard, if you follow the instructions, Final Scratch can be very stable.
 

UR

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Thinking about the party after some well needed sleep, I actually really enjoyed it. This was a journal into minimalism, it was just a pure plastikman show. The dark ambient beats before he came on just built things up for me. People filling the place up.

The visuals again very minimal. The morphing plastiman was cool and the red and blue buttons I got lost in. Although there was one time where he did look around to find they were not on - so I think there were a few problems there.

Things were on the ambient side, but he crept in consumed and it has been stuck in my head since.

Again, the following night the visual displays were great. The festival really have such an artistic feel. Free parties staring in the afternoon followed by even better parties in such a fun city. All gear, it was rare to see a dj set at the festival. I saw gear I had no clue what it was.

People linking laptops to produce some killer sounds from hard ass banging techno, to the clicky pop ambient side.

Like I said before, I can't wait for the reviews from the real players who managed to get the Monday off (some even tuesday *cough*ktown*cough*) and enjoy the finale.

Hope people post some pictures soon.

UR
 

djclint

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Although the Hawtin/Weatherall show was the only mutek event I could attend, I had a great time and hope that next year I can get to see more of what Mutek has to offer!

That said, my buddy and I got to Metropolis and joined the lineup just around the corner from the entrance. The lineup got pretty long and snaked down the next block. Upon entering, the friendly and organized door staff told me that I would be leaving my digital camera in the car that night. That really sucked because I saw a lot of peeps with cameras once I got inside. This was my second visit to Metropolis, my first was seeing the Orb live back in '93. Metropolis could do with a bit more seating on the main level, a few couches wouId certainly liven up the overall aesthetic. There were people sitting on the floor by the walls and it kind of looked out of place. The balcony luckily had more seating available and offered an excellent view of the stage and general area. Also, the sound was clear even at the stairway for the bathrooms at the top.

I figure we got inside around 10-ish, there was a dude spinning some ambient and downtempo beats. I didn't catch his name. The crowd started getting kinda restless, whistling and hollering for Rich to come on. This was a very long and unnecessary wait.

When the time came (midnight), the lights went down and the curtains up as CTRL-Freak Richie walked out to a U-shaped table with his gear, sporting an Apple Cinema display with his gear(drum machines, 303's & friends) on different areas of the table. It looked like a lot of his stuff was tucked away out of sight. Definetely different from the old setups that Orbital and other electronic acts would use, with tons of A-frames full of keyboards....it looked reminiscent of what he had setup for the Glastonbury show years ago. Very DIY nouveau!

The tunes started off nice and easy, with some nice 808 bass sounds building up slowly. Every once in a while Rich would turn around to a box and make for some nice dubby effects on the drums. Quite a lot of his set, I found, was mostly ambient drum sounds and basslines with the odd familiar pitched up acid line.

The visuals were very much like how you'd expect to visualize linear techno beats. Way different than say, Kraftwerk's visuals. The set started off with an overhead map that gradually zoomed in. I didn't even realize it was zooming in until it was focused on a small area! That subliminal pull really freaked me out. I'm sure there was more than one reveller tweaked out by that one too. As the show progressed the visuals ranged from lots of different coloured balls of light bouncing around the backdrop in time with certain sounds in whatever track he was playing at the given moment. Some of it was quite nice, with cloud effects set to different colours. At one point, it looked like two speaker cones (or buttons) were coming at you, changing colour and getting bigger, a la Concept-era Hawtin. Rich was CTRLing this stuff just off to his left, in what seemed like real time.(and on a windows box) Sometimes the strobes would be blaring in time to the hi-hats. It was all Hawtin and I'm sure it will only get better as he develops this setup. CTRL is playing Montreal again on the 11th. I'm sure future versions of it will have more video transitions because sometimes there were no visuals up at all, the backdrop behind him left blank for a few minutes at a time, while he turned his attention back to the tunes. The rorschach/plastikman/gremlin logo made an appearance, to much applause.

The music was certainly what was promised, re-edited and updated versions of the Plastikman back catalogue. The sound was really clear and crisp and the hi-hats were never too harsh or banging. Thats not to say that there wasn't an abundance of drum machines trucking along! The bass was equally good...at one point there were kick drums going off like howitzers and the whole floor was just buzzing - also, some sounds would just place themselves in different parts of the track gradually over time... again with the subliminal stuff. Tunes from his albums would sneak in at points and then disappear only to reintroduce themselves full-on.

I must say that the night was refreshing in that the other partygoers at the event were quite nice, it wasn't too packed where I stood and dancing was possible. Too many Richie parties I've been to (not just in Toronto) have been oversold shove-fests. I find the clubbers in Montreal really are friendly and they sure do know their techno over there. We met one dude who flew up from Wisconsin just to hit this show - I was reminded of the times when walking to events, one could see license plates from all over the continent.

After the blazing finale, I made sure I was downstairs on the floor for a really anticipated appearance by Lord Sabre himself, Andrew Weatherall. I've heard amazing mixtapes and essential mixes from the gent over the years and have always held his productions in great respect. Who could forget "Smokebelch"?? or his remix of Perpetual Dawn by the Orb?? Namedropping aside, the guy is a legend of UK techno. I speak for myself and I'm sure a few others in saying that he was a BIG reason to attend this show. We got to hear 45 minutes of him at best. A total shame. He only had time for one cigarette during his set, for crying out loud. Weatherall is one of the few djs that can really grab a hold of your ears as well as your feet and take you on a journey. As cliched as it sounds, I think people really want that in a dj these days. His selection that night only hinted at what he could bring to the table. Halfway through his set I heard a wicked track that broke down to an acid bass tone and then launched back into some really skanky shuffle beats with the bassline on the off beat. That was right up my alley! (Maybe someone here who also attended could do a track ID for me...) Andrew Weatherall plays the kind of techno you want to hear out at a party. If he was playing elsewhere that night we never found out and it just seems like a waste of (gov't funding dollars) to have him play for only 45 minutes.

All in all, the night was worthwhile. The wait at the beginning was kind of a letdown, I mean, they could have used the backdrop to show some Fenslerfilm GiJoe PSA's or something in the meantime while we milled around.

C U next year, Mutek!

Clint

p.s. Who at GroupAction do I have to bribe to get them to allow my camera in next year??
 
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