Making Contakt

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Ali Demirel, Ritchie Hawtin/m-nus records‘ visuals guy. I knew he’s used a couple of my QC pieces in previous shows, and we’d corresponded in the past, but I was surprised when he invited me to a preview of their behind-the-scenes documentary ‘Making Contakt‘, at London’s ICA last Friday. We met briefly there after the showing, and he asked me if I’d like to be on the guestlist also for their show the next day. Minimal techno isn’t generally my thing (though I do remember the early Plastikman albums from my university days), but I jumped at the chance, especially with the promise of seeing some of my work in action in front of a large, enthusiastic audience.

The show was really good. Ali was kind enough to invite me into the VJ/lighting area right in the middle of the venue so I could watch what he was doing, which was fascinating. His style is quite laid-back, I’d say, with many of the pieces being quite visually simple, and relatively slow-paced, which is a nice counterpoint to the music. I like the restraint shown in his choice of largely abstract monochrome material, which makes the introduction of coloured and more obviously audio-driven pieces later on more dramatic.

And yes, a few toneburst QTZs did make an appearance. I forgot to take my camera with me, sadly, but I spotted a few things I recognised. Maybe Ali will post some clips on Vimeo sometime.

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