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Written on March 12, 2010, and categorized as Dance.
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Relentless rasping saw-wave with a robotic call to pleasure makes Benassi’s ‘Satisfaction’ peerlessly effective. If you don’t get it, don’t worry. It makes a lot of sense on the dancefloor.

Despite my natural writing mode being a more traditional, instrument-based practise, I have enjoyed electronic music since I first heard sounds which I knew weren’t acoustic in 1960s psychedelia. I first played a synthesiser at art school in 1981 – an old but gold Arp Odyssey. It had two oscillators and no midi, but it was capable of marvellous resonant filtering and a deep bass frequencies. Along came electro, bridging between Berlin and New York as I constructed art sound installations and cobbled together audio samplers with a ZX Spectrum and a biscuit tin. Nobody suspected that just around the corner lay ACEEEED, ecstasy and the illegal and highly popular underground rave movement.

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