Sunday, October 19, 2008

Detroit, welcome back the 'Ambient Pimp'

Name anyone in techno with a better collection of titles than Sebastian Meissner, who, as Klimek, has produced odd, soaringly beautiful pieces with names like 'For Michael Gira and Vladimir Ivanovich', 'Standing on the Beach (Gun in My Hands mix)', 'Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death' and 'Ruined in a Day (Buenos Aires)'. We dare you.

But this is not techno as you probably know it. Meissner calls his "violently sad-sounding music" and "melodramatic popular song," not exactly kin to typical runaway train Detroit-style 4/4. But Klimek loves the D, played here in 2006 at a Movement Kompakt showcase (with Markus Guentner and Mikkel Metal), spun a crazy, unpredictable DJ set at Paris '68's 'Summer of Love', and spent the rest of his time here roaming the ruins with his camera.

Anticipate Recordings and Kompakt artist Klimek performs at Cranbrook Art Museum, Friday Oct. 24, 8 p.m. The Berlin-based electronic musician will do a live audio set with video elements as part of the Andy Warhol: Grand Slam exhibition. Museum admission is $10, $4 for students.

On Saturday, Oct. 25 Proper | Modulation hosts Klimek at Oslo (1456 Woodward Avenue). Doors are 10 p.m. Admission is free until 11 p.m. and $5 after. Also performing: Aran Daniels v. Metaphaze, Steve Wickham and nospectacle.

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