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The Essential… Jeff Mills

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  • The techno godhead guides us through the highlights of his peerless back catalogue.
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    4 Nov 2011
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(AXIS 12″, 1996)


A move away from his more loop-oriented work, The Other Day EP finds Mills graduating from producer to composer, using eerie, minor-key synth patterns to fashion a new kind of techno psychodrama. ‘Nepta’ and ‘i9′ are the iconic tracks, but the beatless radiophonic noir of ‘Striping Effect’ and ‘Time Out of Mind’ is alone worth the price of admission.

JM: “Working with an orchestra [later in my career] was a interesting education. It’s not as free flowing as Dance Music. Classical musicians are trained to basically read and play what is in front of them, so the score and how it’s written is the key point. There are certain limitations in Classical Music that makes it very difficult to merge with. Whereas, many Techno tracks are in minimal form to condition the listener over a period of time. This is somewhat difficult to execute in Classical because musicians are not used to playing the same thing for long.

“Swung patterns or anything in the area of ‘funk’ is near impossible – I don’t think it exists in Classical Music. From working with orchestras, I now better understand how unique Electronic Music really is. At times, it can be as straight and mechanically precise as Classical and other times, as funky as James Brown’s JBs. All is possible in the genre.”



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