Aril Brikha @ Honkytonks, Melbourne (20/08/05)

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Coming at this listening to Aril Brikha’s debut ‘Deeparture in Time’ and armed with this brilliant feature from one of ITM’s contributors (Pinke), I stared at the piece of paper in front of me and wondered;

“Deep techno the flyer said, set of the year the forums said…” 

Two hours later, as far as deep techno went, ‘they’ were possibly spot on.

From a laptop, keyboard and mixer – Aril had up to 30 channels on the display, each of them firing away a carefully selected sound.  These were mixed with precision, balanced tonally from the deepest rumble
through to a resounding horn, and dropped across the audience in layer upon layer of thoroughly connected acoustics.

Full, rich sound – the kind that starts at a precise moment in the mid to bass section, then drives upwards into the highs and never leaves a muddy trail in your ears.

The summary of all this was the word ‘deep techno’ – but until my ears were awakened in the presence of Mr. Brikha – the flyer held little joy for a layman.

To hopefully add clarity to the reader, I would share this;

My love of the tech sound began several years prior, and can be directly attributed to Wetmusik.  They head lined a series of artists the like of Umek, Valentino, Ben Sims and Marco Bailey.

The pace of this sound was always frenetic.  It pounded you so quickly to a dark rhythm it was often hard to get a grip on the tones, come down from the highs, or really hear each note awaken and soar aurally.   Tech – at least hard tech – was always a sledge hammer delivery, an
endurance test, the skill of each particular DJ coming to the fore with just how much they could manipulate at these roller coaster speeds.

Slowed down, and given room to move, so that varying bars of music have more of their significance, I heard something new and quite amazing – a delivery of sound, rather then a human interaction to a record being played.

As a venue, Honkytonks held its usual air of ‘nicely turned out’.  Floor space, great staff, well stocked bar, plenty of room to sidle off and have some moments to yourself – if you havent been, do so – bit of a Melbourne institution.

People wise, the place wasnt at absolute capacity, but the dance floor was heaving and had a fair mix of the ‘beautiful sirens’ dancing away in their own little world, contrasted to the jumping, singing, arm-flailing drunk pub patrons, something I found hilarious.  The two clashed in front of me and had to stop themselves having a fight.  A few forum reviews brought this point up, at the end of the day surely its about smiling and just being their though?  Ahh class distinction :p

First time out I missed him, second time I was front and centre – if your still not familiar, then make the third time Aril Brikha is around the time you have your ears open and your feet firmly in front of him.

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