5th November, 11-7pm, Free @ Whitworth Art Gallery
A day of house music related films curated by DJ Krysko
(Part of Whitworth In The Mix; a Performing Rights Society Foundation (PRSF) for Music New Music Plus 2010 series of productions happening at the Whitworth Art Gallery).
Maestro – (2003; Running time: 1hr:29min) – 12
“Maestro, tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream. What evolved was a scene that set the ground work for what was to come in dance music culture worldwide, a rare insight into the secret underground world. It’s the first time this story is told in a motion Picture, included in the film are pioneer dance music DJs and producers, “founding fathers”, its center being Larry Levan, as well as high-profile DJs of today. Opting for a more personal and candid approach, MAESTRO shows the true history of the people through a realistic creative aesthetic. Tracing the underground’s dance origin, MAESTRO brings out a real understanding of this intense lifestyle, and the lives they lived and died for.”
*series of short films (Running time: 00hr:20min each) – 12
Paradise Garage Footage : never before seen footage of the closing weekend of the Paradise Garage (1987), commented by Larry Levan`s close friend, videographer Michael Sampson.
Sound Systems : An audiophile look with DJ David Mancuso and renowned sound engineers on the history of club sound and DJ equipment
Tee Scott : in his own words, a conversation with one of the top early dance producers
The Dancers : from streets to clubs, a raw look into the world of the club dancers
Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution (2008; Running time: 03hr:00min) 12
“Kraftwerk’s vision of a keyboard-driven world of clicking metronomic rhythms and digitised sound bites may have been the stuff of avant fantasy in the 1970s (the decade that saw the band’s first groundbreaking albums), but it is a reality in the new millennium. Their visionary style is explored in KRAFTWERK AND THE ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION, a study of the group, their career and their emergence as the most influential electronic band in the world.”
Ron Hardy : a look into the Chicago House Music legend and mentor with Robert Williams
Frankie Knuckles : a conversation with the “Godfather of House”
High Tech Soul – The Creation Of Techno Music (2006; Running time: 01hr:04min) 12
“THE CREATION OF TECHNO MUSIC High tech soul is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980s, Detroit’s economic downturn didn’t stop the invention of a new kind of music that brought international attention to its producers and their hometown. Featuring in-depth interviews with many of the world’s best exponents of the artform, high tech soul focuses on the creators of the genre: juan atkins, derrick may, and kevin saunderson and looks at the relationships and personal struggles behind the music. Artists like richie hawtin, jeff mills, carl craig, eddie fowlkes and a host of others explain why techno, with its abrasive tones and resonating basslines, could not have come from anywhere but detroit.”