MUTEK 2023 | Métropolis 1: .VRIL, E-Saggila, SYNC. (AtomTM & Peter Van Hoesen)

by Salima Bouaraour

Legs numb from dance, eyes full of stars and shouts of joy: Métropolis 1 was a profusion of love! This first MUTEK evening devoted to Techno was astonishingly formidable right up to first light. The finely thought-out programming offered the public a more than effective formula. The result: a crowd electrified by dazzling binary rhythms.

Crédits photos : Bruno Aiello Destombes


.VRIL

VRIL wandered through break, house and female vocals, bringing a smooth, percussive and progressive set to a powerful kick. In the middle of the night, the atmosphere was enriched by cold, repetitive industrial sounds, creating the sine qua non for an experience worthy of a German underground club.


E-Saggila

Using energetic strings, Canada’s E-Saggila raised the intensity of the high-voltage evening. The composer activated the detonator with a mass of heavy, round and massive beats. The bass picked up your body and your heart. Delicately interspersed with steamy synth sounds, her performance plunged us into the hidden abysses of the festival.


SYNC. (AtomTM & Peter Van Hoesen)

The long-awaited AtomTM & Peter Van Hoesen took to the stage with a long, 3-meter table featuring a hybrid hodgepodge of analog machines, modular, drum machines, effects pedals, controllers and a CDJ…. Although all the sets were of the highest quality, the hardware performance was outstanding. After an introduction tinged with groovy bass, the duo let loose in a wild free dialogue for three hours!

In an arborescence of pure techno, the packed Métropolis generously lost itself in the knowledge that MUTEK’s wild ride will continue unabated on Saturday and Sunday!

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