berlin in symphony / jeff mills at the hackescher höfe kino

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how soon is now? just ask jeff mills. the so-called godfather of a legion of contemporary techno djs and producers, mills aptly brought the future to the present with the formation of underground resistance; a music collective he helmed alongside mad mike banks in 1989. if you want to know how it all started, that’s where you look. in fact, if you want to know what “it” is exactly, that’s who you ask. combining the technology of present with the knowledge of the past and a hope for the future, jeff mills’ version of techno is some of the most important, relevant, and — let’s just say it — magical, around.

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DEMF 2014 / survival guide

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headed to detroit for this year’s movement festival? me too. this will be my second year hitting the dancefloor at hart plaza, and although 2013’s DEMF was a really life changing experience, there are a few things i wish i had known before taking to the pavement in motor city. read on for my breadth of knowledge and wisdom.

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foundry 2014 / review

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12:00 am

we’re already late. i had promised friends that we’d be heading down to 99 sudbury street in toronto for the last foundry event of 2014 at around 10:30 pm. it’s midnight and we’re still drinking at my friend’s place near kensington market. we’re chatting about carl craig – the night’s headliner – swapping stories about the times we’ve heard him play, when someone timidly asks “what exactly is detroit techno?” a half hour later, i’m still explaining the history of techno and craig’s part in popularizing the genre when we realize the time.

12:37 am

still late. i’ve managed to get in an argument with the man at the convenience store, but we’re on our way. there’s no line up at the venue and the bouncers are super nice. we’re not in kansas anymore.

foundry is one of a kind in toronto. the toronto music scene suffers a lot from government crackdowns and laws that prohibit events from running late/early. the city saw its first outdoor electronic music fest just 2 years ago, so events like foundry have been a long time coming. this is foundry’s second year. i heard talk of last year’s closing event with DVS1, and i knew tonight’s final event would be well worth the roadtrip from montreal.

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summer of emma / photo diary

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four months ago, i made a promise to myself. i decided to have “the summer of emma.” narcissistic and egotistical though it may be (natch), i’ve lived an entire summer for someone else on a number of occasions. “this summer will be different,” i said, mentally figuring out how much of my savings i could blow without putting myself in debt, “this summer would revolve around dancing, drinking, sunshine, ass kicking, and general merriment.” the stuff of dreams and/or idealistic movie scripts. either way, it all started with the list. you might remember it – i published it in may, and detailing my big plans. festivals were number one on the list, followed by food and alcohol related events (again, natch), projects, and drinking. i’m so happy to say that i crossed off most of the list.

so, here is a recap in photos, of some of the best moments of the summer emma – in all its shining, sparkley, whiskey filled glory. takes notes, kids, this is how it’s done.

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sound in motion 2013 / review

sound in motion toronto: the little music festival that could. that phrase had been tossed around a lot pre-festival, but if there were ever a truer way to describe sound in motion, i don’t know it. SIM kicked it with the big kids this summer.

it’s been such a trip watching this festival grow. helmed by the crew over at studiofeed, sound in motion is well on its way (clearly i’m beaming with pride as i write this). i took a short trip down to toronto for the weekend’s festivities, armed with a bottle of whiskey, a magic cape, and my dancing shoes. although it was hard to narrow it down, here are my top five moments from sound in motion toronto.

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