Legends – springseven day 3

Anhedonia May 19th, 2007

Derrick May @ The Dom

Where to start, where to start? Last nights performances were of a legendary nature, including a live performance from Carl Craig, the great Derrick May, Kenny Larkin, and Stacey Pullen. Detroit techno displayed itself, and it is difficult to summarize the line up and the feeling of being there.

Carl Craig’s performance, to start, was a piece of history. Maybe that’s all that needs to be said. He is a true musician, and the extent of his effort put forth for this show is appreciated. Moving pieces of music, performed live, on an arguably parallel level to the greats of classical music. Under no circumstance is there a more fitting venue for this to have occurred: Austria, home to timeless composers now hosting a new genre of classics.

Carl Craig & Co. Performance

At hesitation to incorrectly describe this moment in time to you, it is perhaps best just to let your mind to envision what it likes of this evening. Imagine seeing the people who have helped over the past decades to shape this world of electronica culminate together to form one epic line up of displaying what they believe is their best effort. And believe me, if they think it’s good, you’ll be blown away. That’s exactly what Derrick May was hinting at during the Red Bull Music Academy discussions, that they are their own toughest critics pushing the limits of their creative abilities. During his performance, May, with no ability to use a broken monitor, dropping in on beats blind to mix this show really exceeds the bounds of what is expected. Not knowing this information prior, his show was sensational – My oh May! And now? Wow. That’s experience performing right there. Kenny Larkin and Stacey Pullen pulled in the crowds, and what was new, well for me anyway, was that the static stops Pullen did during his show was used so well it made you want to dance harder after each static pause.

Stacy Pullen

Kudos and thank you to coming to Graz, and it is an honorable thing that such people keep working to better this world of music. It really is humbling.

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