Richie Hawtin, Barem, Ambivalent | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sun., July 5, 10 p.m. 2009
Price: $20
Richie Hawtin might be the biggest gadget geek in the world of electronic dance music, which is really saying something given how thoroughly technophilia saturates the genre. He was either the first professional DJ to use time-coded blank LPs to control a laptop full of sound files or else he was very close to the front of the line; in the late 90s he contributed to the development of Final Scratch, one of the software packages that’s turned the technology into an industry standard. He recently shook up the world of DJ trainspotters—the people who get a special charge out of identifying every last track mixed into a club set—by announcing that he’d added a plug-in to his Traktor DJ suite that would feed that info to his Twitter account in real time. He’s been ahead of his time musically too, especially with the minimal techno sound he helped pioneer as Plastikman in the early 90s; in the past couple years it’s seen a huge revival, mostly in European clubs but also in the studios of a globe-spanning generation of young producers who are looking to strip techno of its bloat and return it to its Detroit roots. Barem and Ambivalent open. —Miles Raymer

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