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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009
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    Movement 2009/Detroit Electronic Music Festival/DEMF is currently underway in Detroit down at Hart Plaza this entire Memorial Day weekend. Deservedly so, this is becoming a music fest to beat, with this year's line-up being nothing short of amazing. I had to pick one day to go, and I chose Saturday. But I've gotta think there's other Whitechapellers going over the weekend, so I thought I'd start a thread with reviews and pictures of the festival. Here's my review on Saturday:

    SATURDAY: Wow.
    Perfect weather for being at Hart Plaza, backgrounded by the GM towers that looked like the company logo was up with Velcro (depending on who actually owned the buildings next week).

    Musically, I chose Saturday over the more buzzed Monday line-up with the big Detroit local superstars (Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Carl Craig for Detroit, and Afrika Bambaataa for the old school Bronx electro god) because I've seen them, and wanted to see Francois Kervorkian and Carl Cox do what they do.

    During the afternoon, the four stage of the festival were thumping with very different vibes; The Vitamin Water main stage was much more trance and techno/big crowd beat, the Beatport Stage was a really good mix of popular and edgy tech-house and breakbeat. The Made In Detroit underground stage was... underground, head-rattling techno, and the Red Bull Music Academy stage was the experimental tip, with ambient, drone-tech and laptop rockers. Across the board, this fest does not scrimp on sound; this was some of the cleanest, bone-rattling bass, mid range and highs I've ever heard, yet organized so that these four stages never really bled into the other's sonic space. Literally, standing by the bassbins at the Beatport stage, I saw the fluid in my eyes vibrating.

    The daytime acts were great and varied, all with a feeling that they were glad to be there. The crowds were happy because the weather wasn't oppressively hot, but perfect for dancing and/or laying on the grass. Of the day acts, my favorite was a female DJ at the Beatport stage named Heidi. She was perky and cute, but not to the point of being saccharine, and her beatmixing and timing were outstanding. And she bounced, danced, and played with the crowd the entire 2 hours of her set and looked like she was having the time of her life.

    As for the night acts, both Francois K and Carl Cox were at the big main stage, and they are worth however many thousands of dollars they were paid! Francois K, the elder statesman of the two, showed why Kraftwerk made him the only person to ever touch their songs for remixing until 1991. He played what he liked, and musically told the crowd "Hey, this is good, I like this song, it's not what you maybe were expecting, but listen to this!"; his set was all over the spectrum, from trance to house to techno to old school electro, to a jarring but great drum and bass segue that knocked the crowd on it's ass.
    Carl Cox took the stage right after, paying tribute to Francios and then launching into over two hours of relentless Cox DJing, which brought the house down. He too looked like he was having a good time, getting the crowd in call and response, and showing his love of the techno music that Detroit has given him to use and play over the years.

    All in all, a great first day for the festival.I bitch about doing 10 push-ups, and I danced for nearly 6 hours straight. Go figure. I also got 10 requests to be photographed because I was wearing my Utilikilt. Strange crowd, but I loved it.

    So...who wants to take it from here? Tell us more about your views of this great techno fest in the city that gave the world a blueprint for new electronic dance music.
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    Next year I must go to Detroit (words I thought I'd never say...)
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009 edited
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    I've had the same thought process in the past, talking bad about Detroit, but with the city's car industry problems and screw-ups, it has every right to hold up it's head when celebrating the immense amount of musical influence it has generated out of all the hardships and tough times.

    If you haven't checked it out, there is an awesome film called "Hi-Tech Soul" which does a great job showing the techno scene of Detroit, but also putting it in perspective as how this incredibly unique music form could only have come from Detroit. It's well worth seeing, and happily, you can check it out for FREE here, courtesy of Plexi Films!

    Anyone else have reports or photos from the festival?
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009 edited
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009
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    Here's a nice photoset from the first night as well:
    MOVEMENT 2009: SATURDAY
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2009
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    This guy has a really nice set of photos from all days of MOVEMENT 2009. Good mix of DJ shots and crowd samplings.
    RESONANT VIBES PHOTO GALLERIES

    Any other WhiteChapel folks make it out?
    • CommentAuthorelricj
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2009
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    I was very sorry I didn't make it down there. A friend of mine went and had a blast. In my defense i have an ear infection and wasn't sure it was a good idea to be subject to loud live music and lots of people.