Listening Session #13

Model 500 – No UFOs Catalogue No. M-001. The first release on Juan Atkins’ own label, Metroplex, is called Model 500: the technification of the personal name as a cyborg strategy, the posthumanist gesture of the self-referential, heteronymous model identifier. The first track of this first release, »No UFOs«, presents a prototypical techno track as…

Listening Session #1

The Reaktor Rhythmicon In order to be able to listen to the Rhythmicon and thus start the first listening session of this work, I have to play tricks. The recordings made of the second machine by Joseph Schillinger in the 1940s are hard to get hold of at the Smithsonian. Videos of the third version…

Listening Session #20

Prince – Purple Music Tschack! Bumm! With the first snare, there’s no stopping it. This thing is running. One. Two. Three. Four. Kick. Snare. Kick. Snare. 140 BPM barely leave time to catch your breath. A stick sound keeps the off-beats moving and swirls one or two sixteenths around the one. After four bars of…

Listening Session #5

Little Sister – Somebody’s Watching You »The last three Stone Flower singles, released in November and December 1970, all featured the Rhythm King prominently and no doubt sounded completely alien on pop stations, let alone R&B radio. Yet the new version of ›Somebody’s Watching You‹ by Little Sister made the Top 40 and, as such, is…

Listening Session #8

Shuggie Otis – Pling! / Maestro Rhythm King »Just to find the kind / of another time /down the road a bit /I’ve been walking it« Shuggie Otis, »Happy House«, LP Inspiration Information, CBS Records 1974. The needle slowly slides into the groove. It clatters. The penultimate track of the B-side has been played many times.…