Antumbrae Intermedia Events + Installations presents The Blanton Museum's Beat The Rush
The 1990s was a transgressive decade for music worldwide. It marked a dividing line between Top 100 mainstream production styles and revolutionary experimentation with a proliferation of sounds and technology.
The height of experimentation with new media was no more apparent than in electronic dance music or techno music; a subcultural movement started in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Detroit, Michigan. The phenomenon moved swiftly between clubs in North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. In early techno, the creative use of drum machines, synthesizers, and digital audio workstations was implemented by DJs. Their musical influences included African American music, Chicago house, funk, electro, electric jazz, electronic music from bands like Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra and Afrofuturism. The movement became an expression of life in late capitalist society, the struggle against socioeconomic conditions and political tensions. Techno music spilled into alternative subgenres over the decade and practices such as turntablism, IDM (intelligent dance music) and glitch aesthetics evolved.
The artists featured in Beat The Rush have been invited to offer broad insights into techno, translating work into contemporary sound and new media art practices. Each set will be followed by an interview.