Friday night in the icy rain I flagged down a cab to town.
My preferred late night spot tonight was Rhythm Room on Baker Street for a heady night of uplifting beats.
Someone once enquired, What is this rude, lewd, lascivious junk called techno? What, indeed.
One way of describing it is like a sonic sunburst in your subconscious.
Music made up of lots of layers of sounds then speeded up drum beats (up to 128bpm and beyond)
are added which produces, if done with style and class, a totally new soundscape.
Within this soundscape a deejay can focus on one part of a track usually on vinyl:
some say this dance revolution has saved the life of the humble black plastic, and
take the listener in new directions.
By using the vast array of slide switches and dials on the mixing desk in front of
him he can loop sections to produce a repetitive vibe then distort the tempo.
Also, bring in new sections from the same track on a different deck, gradually bringing
in new layers; new sounds.
Switching from one deck output to the other by use of a dominant sliding switch between the
two record decks also can create a supercharged stereo effect that can surprise, entice and excite.
You could also have two deejays at a time working on two separate decks resulting in simultaneous
The important thing about this genre of music is creating seamless segues; that is to say tracks,
that blend in to each other with no audible join.
This is achieved in simple terms by matching the beats of one section of track to another
by use of a pitch adjuster on the decks.
The way I have described this thing called Techno is from a very basic stand point.
Within the genre there are many sub-genres.
With new and different expressions of dance music being created every day, it is hard
to keep at the cutting edge of the beats explosion.
The deejays that purvey the genre spend many hours listening and re-listening to thousands of records.
Very often a renowned deejay will have started out with a basic set of Technics (a type of deck)
set up in their bedroom/ make shift studio, if they're lucky.
Then they spend hour upon hour practicing mixes; splicing tracks together, seeking
out new innovative ways to mix and sample; and, building up a collection of records.
Through talking with some of the highly skilled deejays on other Pure Techno
nights I have learned that this process is on going and that you never stop
collecting or learning about the music itself and its effect on a crowd.
Regis, tonight's headliner, was a name I hadn't heard before, but I
was fortunate to catch a few words with him before he jetted off to Slovakia the next morning.
He explained to me some of the techniques commonly used to capture and keep the crowds attention.
Imagine you have a crowd in front of you, all eager to dance, ready to hang on your
every beat if you just let them.
Within a crowd he will focus on one or two people watching how they react to the
different sounds/rhythms: all the while trying to capture their imagination.
This point is all about making a connection to build a rapport between you and the people.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 12th July 05 - The Paddingtons Single Release at Ringside and Signing at HMV By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers
I'm not quite ready for the sun when I step into it, and if I'm being honest about it I still haven't recovered
from the weekend. I spent it in Bridlington, trying to devise ways to sneak into the Kings of Leon gig.
At the last minute I rolled up to the door with a friend who employed some kind of Jedi mind-trick.
It was a brain bending trick, and needless to say, I got fuckin' smashed in celebration.
Music Reviews - Friday 24th June 05 - Fifty-Nine Violets, the Applewhites, The Vels and Kohiba at The Music Man By Michelle Dee Photos by Darren Rogers
Down the back streets of the city almost opposite an open concrete waste-ground
lies a new music venue with a pioneering culture.
For the last six to eight weeks The Music Man has been pulling in live music lovers
for it's No Holds Bar Friday nights of fun. Proprietor, Fegs says that he wants a
place with a chilled out atmosphere where people can come and party, have a great
Music Reviews - Wednesday 6th July 05 - Farewell to the Raywells? By Joe Hakim Photo Gallery By Michelle Dee
Ah, wet Wednesday, if it's not a cliché already, then it should be.
It's The Raywells' reunion gig at The Piper, so I decide to go.
The fact that I'm getting in for nowt, has absolutely nothing to do with it, honest.
I'm one skint motherfucker, so I have to walk to Newland Avenue from the town centre.
It's a bit of a fuckin' hike, especially when it's pissing it down.
The shit British summer
Music Reviews - Tuesday 5th July 05 - REM at Hull KC Stadium By Steve Rudd photos by Matt Rudd & SMC
The quality of weather couldn't really have been any worse for what is essentially
deemed as being the height of summer, but the relentless rain failed to dumb down most people's spirits.
Unfortunately, myself and (some of) my family arrived late at the venue.
One of my brothers, Martyn (who has long been the biggest REM fan in the family,
and who is almost
Music Reviews - REM / The Zutons / Idlewild - KC Stadium, Hull, 05/07/05 by Nicholas Boldock photos by Matt Rudd & SMC
As is the way with these things, it's chucking it down when Idlewild arrive on stage. Presumably the rain doesn't
bother them - they are from Scotland after all, and therefore no strangers to Biblically-proportioned downpours.
Which is just as well, as the heavens have well and truly opened.
It's a shame that so many people
Music Gig Gallery - 10th May 05 - The Paddingtons at Yo-Yo 10th Birthday By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
Check out some great shots in a 3 page Photo Gallery of The PaddingtonsYo-Yo 10th Birthday By Darren Rogers.
Music Reviews - 6th June 05 - Brian McFadden at Hull City Hall By Matt Rudd
Brian Mcfadden is obviously very well known in the music world with his success
within the boy band Westlife.
But unfortunately for girls everywhere, Westlife split up.
However, this wasn't the end for Brian; he went on to become, well, a rock star.
And on June 6th he came to the Hull City Hall and I was there as Steve (my brother)
had won some tickets
Music Reviews - 18th/19th June 05 - Under The Influence Big Weekender at Adelphi and Welly By Michelle Dee
On a weekend that saw John Hassal's new band Yeti headline at Silhouette, local promoter
Dean Shakespeare of U.T.I. but together an equally good mix of home grown and out of
town musical talent.
Saturday saw new local talent The Black Outs supporting Blue Sand and The Landaus.
Hogboy had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances so the Landaus got
bumped up the billing.
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Music Reviews - Friday 20th May - The Music with Youth Group at Asylum By Andy Dykes
It's hard to believe that Asylum at Hull University Union could be full of students,
all suited, booted and blind drunk celebrating at the end of year ball.
Now that the summer break has hit and the university is all but devoid of students,
it's great to see that there is still a huge crowd at the venue tonight to welcome The Music.
Music Reviews - Thursday 2nd June 05 - Baggott and Baz's Jam Night at Staks Bar Beverley Rd By Chu Nin
Photo Gallery By Meso Orney
The night kicks of in fine form, with Baz lead guitar with the Dirty Dreamers and lead
singer Paul Baggot from Turismo covering a few Kinks, Stones and Oasis numbers.
As more people arrive, Matt Addison and Danny Tonkin from The Johnsons take the floor
and play acoustic versions of the popular Oh No, the crowd pleaser Misfortunate Love
Music Reviews -
Monday 2nd May 05 - Sweet n Sour All Day Indie Fest Featuring Top Local Bands By Michelle Dee and a Massive 30 Page Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers
On Bank Holiday Monday Silhouette hosted a twelve-band extravaganza organized by James Applewhite
featuring one of the best local line-ups since some small scale gathering of Hulls finest in January.
There were also various festival stalls, with clothes and accessories from NSO and
politically motivated campaign stalls from the Green Party and the Legalize Cannabis Campaign.
Music Reviews - Pozition Night Club Rock Night - Wednesday 18th May 05 By Michelle Dee
After witnessing another fantastic performance by Ernest at the Adelphi last Wednesday I
decided to accept an invitation to the Pozition night club on George Street.
I paid the three pounds entry fee and received in return a little ticket informing
me that I was female; so far so good.
I walked into a large industrial style arena
Music Reviews - Saturday 28th May - The Rakes at Yo-Yo - Jumping For Victory By Andrew Coe 6 Page Photo Gallery By Darren Rogers
NME favourites The Rakes came to Hull and conquered with their choppy,
wire-like guitar riffs and a front man who can't keep still.
If The Rakes frontman Alan Donohoe were still at school, he'd be
told off repeatedly for fidgeting in class. For the duration of the band's 12-song set
at Yo-Yo at The Welly, Hull on Saturday night
Music Reviews - Saturday 21st May 05 - Under The Influence Presents Mystery Jets at the New Adelphi By Emily
Photo Gallery By Michelle Dee
It is not very often you find a band that excites you, I mean really excites you.
Yet it seems that the Mystery Jets might just be the band for the job.
As painfully honest as it is the Hull scene has needed a kick up the ass for some time now.
While still maintaining the stunning talent on show in pubs and clubs all over the city,
a firm kick is needed to rid it of the Indie addiction and mullet pretension.