I've had the pleasure of enjoying a lot of great music in the past few days. Last Friday I saw Monolake at the Empty Bottle, and he was excellent as usual. The weekend included a brief trip to Detroit to see Rhythm & Sound and whatever else of the festival we could catch on Saturday, where an unexpected highlight was Guido Schneider. And today I was looking at Monolake's site, and I'd like to note that this
is, so far, one of the few good things I've ever read on the subject of techno performance, and I'm quite looking forward to the rest. Then I happened to see this in a brief interview on repetition
To distinguish good and bad repetitive art, one must listen or watch carefully. Repetitive art can be very subtil but the seemingly simple nature of it gives the unexperienced observer the illusion that the art is simple in itself. Unfortunately the mass of uninspired repetitve dance music does not help the reputation of this genre. I would assume, everyone who could see and hear Steve Reichs Music for 18 Musicians performed live would have to agree that this is truly amazing music.
I'm not at all sure that I'd agree with his assumption, but as I'm looking forward to seeing a live performance of that very piece in a couple of hours, I found this quite a happy coincidence.