Bill Van Loo | live at leopold bros.

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live at leopold bros.

by Bill Van Loo

Recorded live at Leopold Brothers in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 15, 2001, this Bill Van Loo live set moves from delicate ambience through moody downtempo tracks before settling into an intense techno-inflected groove.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. Tones (For Sarah)
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2. Autumn DSP
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3. Opposite Angle
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4. You Are
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5. Mutant
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6. Kompakt
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7. Dusk
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8. Rejection/Seduction
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9. Knowing Dub
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10. FM Study
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"Live at Leopold Bros. is a practically flawless quilt of Bill Van Loo's micro-tech productions in the form of an hour-long mix. Flowing smoothly with unpredictable spontaneity but coming off as meticulously mapped out at the same time, these ten tracks form a thoroughly enjoyable, all-in-one evidentiary record of Van Loo's ability to craft a wide spectrum of sounds and moods that alternately translate to the living room and the club." - Andy Kellman, All Music Guide

As a producer, DJ, musician and live performer, it's hard to pigeonhole the sound of Bill Van Loo into just one convienent category. Whether it's creating pockets of ambient sound, taking chances on solo electroacoustic live performances, or simply creating a groove for a house party, it's Van Loo's reluctance to rest on his creative laurels that sets him apart from the majority of his Detroit contemporaries.

Inspired by the early works of Derrick May and Carl Craig, Van Loo began his experiments in sound in 1995, and furthered his education by hosting his college's first electronic music radio show. He was turned on to the subtle techno dub of the Burial Mix imprint, and began to explore the fusion of dub, reggae, hip hop and jazz elements into electronic music, forming sketches in his mind for future reference.


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Andy Kellman

Live at Leopold Bros. is a practically flawless quilt of Bill Van Loo's micro-te
Live at Leopold Bros. is a practically flawless quilt of Bill Van Loo's micro-tech productions in the form of an hour-long mix. Flowing smoothly with unpredictable spontaneity but coming off as meticulously mapped out at the same time, these ten tracks -- several of which have been re-tooled from their Chromedecay Tracks: 1996-2001 origins -- form a thoroughly enjoyable, all-in-one evidentiary record of Van Loo's ability to craft a wide spectrum of sounds and moods that alternately translate to the living room and the club.

Opening with the beautifully fragile, lullaby-like "Tones (For Sarah)," Van Loo guides the listener through a maze of tracks that slowly unfold and soothe. The manners in which the track transitions are made is almost as crucial as the productions themselves, best exemplified in the low, reverberant tones that bridge "Opposite Angle" to "You Are." And on other occasions, tracks seem plugged together rather than traditionally mixed or slammed together. As varied and engrossing as the first seven tracks are, it all seems like a mere setup once "Rejection/Seduction" gets rolling. Opening with a series of cyclone-like swoons, a loose, light-on-its-toes techno groove with a cluster of synthetic percussive elements eventually nestles in, taking the set into an entirely different place without sounding the least bit disjointed. From there, it closes out with a pair of Van Loo's finest dub/techno hybrids, capped off by an improved version of the chugging "FM Study." With a wicked bassline, some great use of handclaps, and a dollop of unobtrusive glitch, the track draws it all to a close. Unfortunately, only 300 copies were pressed. (www.chromedecay.org)