Starting October 29th in Buffalo, NY, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, and Ean Golden kick off a North American college tour titled, “CNTRL Beyond EDM”. This unique series of events promises to educate students of American universities with a crash course in music technology instead of their usual studies.
During the daytime Dubspot, a music production school, will be lecturing students on various musical technologies. The curriculum topics will include using technology to control creativity instructed by Richie Hawtin, old-school DJing with modern technology with Loco Dice, the importance of sound quality with Richie’s sound technician, and a Q & A with other CNTRL artists. During the night time is when the real party is going to get started though. Sets by Richie, Dice, and Ean are to be expected along with appearances by Paco Osuna, Josh Wink, Victor Calderone, Carl Craig, Seth Troxler, Gaiser, and Kevin Saunderson. What a lineup.
With a vast majority of college students these days into electronic music, it’s no secret why Richie Hawtin and his crew so cleverly chose “EDM”as a key term to market the tour. Festival culture is at a height and as more people get into popular versions of electronic music, others growing tired of dubstep and electro house will start to appreciate better electronic music. I can’t speak for Mr. Hawtin and the crew but I bet this is what their thinking as well. With this group of artists behind the project, I am sure they will do just that.
Richie is no beginner to new technology and educating the next generation. I saw him years back when Ableton Live was just getting its start. He was speaking on the campus of the University of Michigan about it and how DJing was going to start diverging from mixing two tracks into mixing many small parts or stems together in a more live fashion. This as we all know is now a reality. When he released his DE9 Closer to the Edit album in 2001, this was the first time that anybody had done something like this in the techno world. With the help of Loco Dice and mad scientist controller dude, Ean Golden, expect the next generation of musicians coming up to be schooled by Plastikman once again.
Besides education, the sets after dark by these artists should be highly enjoyable and I encourage you all to check out the tour when it comes to your town. To check out more info you can visit their Facebook page. If you didn’t get my controller dude reference then check out DJTechTools. The dates and locations are as follows.
- Mon 10/29 Buffalo, NY TBA // Town Ballroom
- Tue 10/30 Syracuse, NY Syracuse University // Westcott Theatre
- Wed 10/31 Boston, MA Berklee College of Music // RISE
- Thu 11/1 Washington, DC American University // EchoStage
- Fri 11/2 Philadelphia, PA Drexel University // Electric Factory
- Sat 11/3 New York, NY New York University // Webster Hall
- Mon 11/5 Montreal, QC McGill // SAT
- Tue 11/6 London, ON UW Ontario // London Music Hall
- Wed 11/7 Windsor, ON University of Windsor // Boom Boom Room
- Thu 11/8 Toronto, ON TBA // The Hoxton
- Mon 11/12 Detroit, MI Wayne State University // TV Bar
- Tue 11/13 Urbana, IL TBA // Canopy Club
- Wed 11/14 Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan // Necto
- Thu 11/15 Dayton, OH University of Dayton // Masque
- Fri 11/16 Chicago, IL Columbia College // The Metro
- Sat 11/17 Madison, WI TBA // The Majestic Theater
- Sun 11/18 Minneapolis, MN Slam Academy (with UMN EDM Club // The Loft at Barfly
Live streaming has now been added as part of the tour. CNTRL TV will be streaming live from the events on Livebeats.com. You can now follow the progression of the tour remotely. Very nice!