Lost and Found Techno Futurism

When this blog was down, I went and had a quick stroll around Tumblr. It seems to be basically the same psychedelic circus it always was. I have a soft spot for Tumblr. I don’t plan on using it much but I do think ‘ll keep popping my head back in there. Add me if you want, I may or may not be there. I have no plans. We’ll see what happens.

Anyway, while there, I ended up visiting an old group I used to be a part of, and found this interview. Turns out I’d posted it to that long defunct group. I’d been looking for this for a long time. Couldn’t remember who the interview was with –Jeff Mills as it turns out– or what it was called or anything about where I’d found it or put it. But I remembered this one part of it in cloudy detail and it always really stuck with me:

“I’m trying to show my idea of what life will be like in the twenty-first century. Technology is going to shape the way we think. For example as things get more expensive, space will be rare. I can see that happening already in London. So technology will create spaces in other ways. Virtual spaces. Sound spaces.” Detroit techno is architecture. This why there is no narrative progression, no chord changes, no unfolding of themes, no counterpoint. Sound spaces, not sound travelling through time. “So few people understand that” says Mills, talking about minimalism, “how to just let it play…”


Over the years, this part has kind of morphed into my mind as Detroit techno becoming a part of design and living space, of it emerging from being stuck in rooms where the cheapest and quickest way to get into a new environment is to change the lights and the music. There might even be another interview that goes into more detail on that thought. But I think this is the one. I’m not totally sure. It was all a long time ago. Forget it, Oakley. It’s Tumblr.

Anyway, I’ve got a day ahead of me. 설거지는 제가 할게요.

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