Serotone & Linas: Sonic Boom LIVE

Its hard enough standing up there, being the toast of the party, sipping champagne while sifting through box of vinyl and getting a feel for which piece of wax has to hit the turntables next. So spare a thought for those artists who decided on a different route – the live route – and how much harder it is to build and develop a set that is composed entirely on the fly. Rezo talks to Linas and Serotone on the eve of their Sonic Boom.

So it was, that some years ago Linas and Serotone (Adrian Pistritto), two of Melbourne’s most talented techno producers, decided to do just that. Not buoyed by the excitement and renown often afforded to desk jocks, these two have spent literally thousands of hours composing, publishing and performing their own productions. Coming together initially as friends, this fervent collaboration has now developed into a something far more serious. “There has been a sudden jolt, from us each playing our own tracks in live sets to actually nutting out new material together”. The style, unmistakably, is techno with a jagged edge, however this rarely sets creative limitations.

They are both young and open minded and attuned to various sounds – “we are interested in the production of drum and bass as well”. And the reasons for this are simple. “Different things influence us all the time – for instance, one day a particular drum and bass track may be the source of some inspiration, perhaps another day it could be a spanner dropping on the floor at work, or the sound of a compressed air drill spinning in reverse”. This is techno and the rules is that there are none.

Indeed, these two work so effectively because the sources of inspiration are doubled. Yes there are some technical difficulties in presenting a live performance in a versus scenario – “it is somewhat faster working on your own that with somebody else, however the extra set of ears and extra experience as well as differing viewpoints and the like, more than make up for it.” Furthermore. “it [working together] merges both of our ideas on what sounds good and therefore the final product has less of a chance of turning out not-quite-right”. In the longer term too, “it would great if we could be in the ultimate position of being able to do the final bounce on a track and know that in a couple of weeks it will be on its way to the pressing plant”.

Wishful thinking? Hardly. Both of these guys have a number of releases – some local and others international – which suggests that there is necessarily a market for what they like to term “live, well improvised, hard, dark, industrial techno”. Yes, techno-philes do get accused of being jaded or elitist, but this ain’t no a perfect world.

To get a feel for what Melbourne techno has to offer, get down to SONIC BOOM: The Inter Planetary Experience on Saturday 16th August. Check ITM whatson for more details.