Thursday, July 22, 2010

carl craig: "televised green smoke" and "dominas"

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Kris and I spent a lovely four days and nights on vacation in Akron, Ohio. Yes, that's right, Akron, Ohio! I'll be posting much more about it for the next several days, however, in the meantime, I'd like to feature both my weekly music video and song. What inspired this week's features, both by techno musician and deejay Carl Craig, was an amazing photo exhibit at the Akron Art Museum. The exhibit was entitled "Detroit Disassembled" and the photographer is Andrew Moore. It was a real eye opener to say the least, but I'll also talk more about it later here at the blog. Fellow Moleskine exchange member Mary Stebbins Taitt also inspired my music choices for this week, with her excellent sketch commentary, again on the state of Detroit. Many great things originated from this city - Motown, the American Automobile, Kiss, and Techno, and to see the way things are falling apart is alarming. Carl Craig was directly influenced by the likes of fellow Detroit natives like Juan Atkins, who coined the term techno, before it was bastardized and twisted into the dorky, poppy garbage most Americans are familiar with today. Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson were also big influences on Carl's melancholy, dreamlike, futuristic style. Much of this style of techno was made as an escape from, as well as a musical commentary on the artsts' hometown. The two tracks featured here are from Carl's fantastic 1997 LP "More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art".