Canadian-born techno veteran Richie Hawtin makes his home in Berlin these days and seldom performs in the States, so we're lucky that local techno clique Future Mob has brought him to Pawn Shop this weekend. Since moving to Deutschland a couple of years ago, he has immersed himself in consulting with audio software developers, helping to push the envelope of what's possible in music production. For his DJ sets he often brings auxiliary gear he's helped to customize, such as Stanton's Final Scratch (which allows MP3 files to play on turntables through encoded vinyl platters) and CTRL:92, a special version of an Ableton virtual mixer for MIDI applications that Hawtin assisted in the design of. These bells and whistles give Hawtin the ability to blend records with original compositions and to remix everything on the fly. Friday's event also celebrates the seventh anniversary of the go-to source for club info, www.cooljunkie.com.
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