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JEFF MILLS
WAVEFORM TRANSMISSION VOL.1
(TRESOR 2×12″, 1992)


‘Phase 4′


Probably the definitive Jeff Mills release, and the one that changed the face of dance music, this epic 2×12″ is for the most part brutally aerobic, pared-down techno – you can hear the influence of ‘DNA’ and ‘Phase 4′ on the UK’s Regis and Surgeon, to name but a few – but also takes in juddering industrial experimentation (‘The Hacker’), euphoric pianos (‘Changes of Life’, recently sampled by KiNK) and deep, Robert Hood-esque minimalism (‘Late Night’). A classic through and through.

JM: “The Waveform Transmission series was designed to emphasize a new form of communication. A non-verbal dialogue that relied on notes and harmonic frequencies. It was designed to hold conversations between producers on either side of the World. I’m not sure if this initiative was clearly recognized, as most DJs at that time of its first release (1992) were just looking for something to play, but the concept was always there. There was always a image and visual aspect of it too, but I never got far enough into the project to address this. Waveform Transmission turns 20 years in 2012. We are planning on re-mastering the volumes for this anniversary.”

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