Modern Love A/V Show: "Taking Techno Out of the Club and Into the Art Space"

Miami's electronic music scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade. But some of its local movers and shakers feel our city has yet to embrace the music's artistic potential outside the context of nightlife.

"It's important for the music to be separated from the club," SAFE's Diego Martinelli tells Crossfade. "Nightlife has nothing to do with music, if you ask me. This goes farther than just aiming to dispel the notion that all electronic music is about raving and dancing. Miami lags very far behind in this respect, and most people here still see electronic music as a mostly homogenous genre -- things could not be further from actuality. Electronic music is as hyper-specific as most other art forms, and it has a rich and beautiful history."

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While the marriage of electronic music and art has become a staple of some events during Art Basel week, these types of specially curated audio-visual experiences are more rare in Miami throughout the rest of the year. But along with SAFE, the folks behind Klangbox.FM radio and the Wynwood Arts District Association aim to start changing that on Saturday with hopefully the first of many special pop-up events.

With the contemplative experimental techno of Andy Stott and trippy atmospheric aural tapestries conjured by Demdike Stare on Modern Love, the UK label's sound lends itself perfectly for a show re-contextualizing electronic music as auditory art. Especially outside the club and in the setting of a legitimate performance art space, like the one provided by Wynwood's The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse on Saturday.

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Sean Levisman

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