As we continue to wait for more film festivals to endorse Speaking in Code, forward-thinking music festivals are eagerly slotting the movie to show in sneak previews and with panel discussions to follow. Two such festivals, we are happy to say, are some of the world’s finest.
In September, Seattle’s Decibel Festival will screen the movie with a talk afterwards with director Amy Grill and the Wighnomy Brothers. Decibel is a purely home-grown incarnation, built on featuring pristine American talent alongside international names like Alter Ego and Move D. We met Decibel director Sean Horton years ago, when we began filming at Mutek in Montreal. That his festival is still around, and is in fact thriving, is a testament to hard work and perseverance. Resident Adviser recently ranked it the #4 September festival in the world.
Unsound in Krakow, Poland was awarded the #2 October festival by Resident Adviser and, looking at the line-up, it’s easy to see why. Marcel Dettmann, Omar-S and Biosphere are just a few of the marquee names. DJ Spinoza (aka Bryan Kasenic) is also on the bill. Spinoza will be featured on the DVD of Speaking in Code, bringing his minimal aesthetic to the clubs of New York City.
In the meantime, there are quite a few blogs and posts on the internet which continue to help spread the word about the film, and trust me when I say we appreciate every one of them. The stigma of dance music and dance music culture is still a barrier that we have to overcome, even with a film about said barrier, but the interest shown around the world proves this story must be told.
Musically, the worlds of techno and house continue to collide at a rapid pace. Even signs of breaks, dubstep and drum & bass are starting to infiltrate them, and vice versa. It’s safe to say some of the barriers and genres within electronic music itself are starting to crumble. Consider:
With that positive and soulful vocal and the straightforward bassline, Reboot is one of the new stars of what they call “tech-house.”
Like the recent manifestation of “electro,” however, this new tech-house is more of it’s own animal, as with another new star, Jamie Jones.
Both the these things come together in a grand degree when Jones teams up with Berlin’s Teifschwarz and New York City’s rising star–Seth Troxler:
The most promising part of this unification is that old divisions of race and history are being disregarded. House no longer means black (Tiefschwarz literally means “more black”) and techno no longer means white (Jones is black, while Troxler is of mixed race) … All aboard the trans global express.