While plenty of lesser artists are debating the whole “pressing play” phenomenon currently engulfing dance music, seasoned veterans stay above the fray by simply creating a live spectacle that is undeniably great. And few have done that better than Amon Tobin, the marginally popular IDM (remember that term?) artist who has reached a whole new pinnacle of his career via his stunning ISAM live show. Having taken the show around the world in 2011, Tobin has announced a revamp of the show that will kick off in September in Seattle with “new audio and visual elements.” While admittedly vague, we’re still very excited to see what Amon comes with this time around. He also released a live recording of the ISAM track “Bed Time Stories.” Download the tune and check out the full ISAM 2.0 tour schedule after the jump.
Electronic superstars Moby and Amon Tobin have been announced as the headliners for this year’s Decibel Festival, the annual Seattle gathering that has made the Pacific Northwest an unlikely stop on the techno tourist circuit. Tobin will be making the American debut of his ISAM-Live performance, which has been wowing audiences worldwide with it’s stunning visuals. Other Decibel performers will include Ladytron, Green Velvet, Bonobo and DJ Krush. Check a video of Tobin’s ISAM performance and a list of more Decibel performers after the jump. …MORE
It’s interesting that Montreal’s Mutek festival first took place one week after the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000. And for a dozen years, these two sister events have dominated the North American electronic music calendar, with loyal techno tourists traveling from one to the next in an annual pilgrimage down the 401 (the Route 66 of Canada). We already called out our faves from Detroit last week—so consider this part two of an epic techno saga. Next stop? Across the ocean to Sonar. …MORE
Richie Hawtin has spent much of the past year touring the globe as his newly revived Plastikman guise, hitting five of the seven continents with his legendary minimal techno. But with the exception of Coachella and Movement 2010, North American fans have had to patiently wait for their turn to experience the interactive visual and audio experiment that defines this ’90s achetype in the new Millenium. Now there’s another chance, as Montreal’s Mutek Festival has announced that Hawtin will headline the event as Plastikman, along with performers Modeselektor, Amon Tobin, Four Tet and James Holden. …MORE