Monday, January 01, 2007

1: Villalobos - Fizheuer Zieheuer

It must have been late August. Omar pointed me to a dj set by Villalobos, recorded live at the Awakenings festival. He had divided the set into neat 12-minute pieces and I quickly noticed that the last two pieces (ca. 24 minutes) contained only one track. Who was the auteur of this stunning minimal space opera, constituted by the seemingly endless tweeking of just one loop?

Later it turned out it was Ricardo Villalobos himself, of course. And the song was in fact more than 36 minutes long, so long that it constituted two sides of a 12". I have literally dreamt about this song, I even bought the vinyl two times. There has been not a day since I bought it that I have not played this track.

'Fizheuer Zieheuer' has, in just a few months time, become one of the most important records ever in techno. Following the ever forward continuum of minimal techno, Villalobos has dared to take it to its conclusion. "If Richie makes one long track out of countless loops, why not make a track of about 40 minutes long, but one that is made out of only one loop?" That's what he did and techno will never be the same again. Lots of guts equals lots of glory.


OMC said...

Amen. :)

Tal said...

and how was ricardo's dj set?

Fire in the Mind said...

pure brilliance of course :-)

Ludo said...

oh crikey i missed your top 10. i'll check this one for sure. (it's on the list already)