Ravelution '96,
September 21
Allegedly the
biggest in Europe
Theater of the Red
Army for the sec-
ond time in its his-
tory was attacked
by the raving
crowd. It is said
that the revo
lving
stage there can
ho
ld a squadron
of horsemen
. The
promoters, though
,
had a better p
lan
of letting the acts
like Noviye
Kompozitory,
Raketa and
H.A.R.M
.O
.N
.Y.
play there.
Somehow
it never
happened
.
Instead
, the stage
was occupied w
ith
go-go dancers in
green and com-
mercial DJs were
playing their sets
for a well-to-do
crowd. Among the
true ravelutionists
one could spot DJs
O
leg Odjo, N
ick,
Fonar' and Ivanov
w
ith Masha
Tsigal', Liuda
Raketa and O
leg
Kostrov. They
strugg
led under the
slogans "Give
V
inyl To The DJ"
and "No Tabs For
Raver". And won
.
THE BELGIAN SIX by
Olga Mikhaylovskaya
"...It is possible that the 90s w
ill
be remembered in fashion as
the decade of Belgian design-
ers.
The group of graduates from
Antwerp Academy of Arts, n
ick-
named the Belgian Six, became
a mass med
ia favourite and a
must for the most stylish bou-
tiques soon after their first shows
in Paris and London in
'90 -91.
The names of Dries Van Noten
,
Ann Demeulemeester, Martin
Margiela and D
irk B
ikkemberg
are fam
iliar to
Russians, but we
know
little of D
irk van Saen and
Walter van Berendonk. 'Peop
le
like us,' explains Dries Van
Noten
. "Because we make
HONEST clothes. We are inter-
ested in the concept of design
itself. We don
't try to push any-
th
ing on
. We leave consumer a
chance to create h
is own
style.'
"Van Noten
, once called a new
Armani, understands that in
fash-
ion there was simp
ly everyth
ing
,
that the best a designer can do
is to
look at it w
ith a fresh eye,
to
change trad
itional proportion
or m
isuse techno
logy, e.g.
putting
velvet through washing
machine
. You can wear h
is
clothes w
ith everyth
ing from
sec-
ond-hand to
authentic Ind
ian
sari. As a matter of fact, Van
Noten loves Ind
ia and considers
sari the best garment for women
.
A
ll scarves for h
is co
llections he
necessarily orders in
India.
.. "
DETROIT TECHNO
JEFF MILLS
Jeff M
ills, a father of Detro
it tech- ^
no and D
l virtuoso
, invited by
M
isha Vorontsov and the
Ravemontazh
, played in
St.Petersburg Manezh th
is August.
M
ir-Kasimov managed a fif-
teen-m
inute interview
w
ith a
bespectacled master of three
turntables.
JM
: My goal is promoting tech-
no
, as I see it, throughout the
NEW
PRO-
JECTS
NUCLEAR LOSb
The band from
Novosibirsk
played industrial for five years
and recorded about fifteen home-
made albums but you, probably,
haven't heard them
. Underground
rock doesn't promote its artists.
Now they make electronic ambi-
ent music together w
ith lo-tech
video art. We hope soon you
w
ill not only hear but see their
brilliant works.
N209 (Moscow)
I knew
that Andrey, N
ikolay and
Boutsek (known for being in
Legendary A
lien Pat Hollman)
played trip-hop
. But now
when I
have actually heard them
I would
say their music is something that
falls w
ithin the w
ide brackets of
breakbeat w
ith house insets p
lus
classical techno
. They make
recordings during live jams where
they use keyboards, drum
machine, vinyl and CDs and at
the same time create original
computer video
.
The НЕТ (Moscow)
The recent work of Valera, the
brain of The НЕТ, and friends
from
related groups like Esclavos
Del Futuro and A
lien Pat Hollman
is a rich m
ixture of (again) indus-
trial and danceable acid. The
title is perfect for the nom
ination
of The Most N
ihilistic th
is year: "If
There Is Hell.
.. Then Yes Is No".
P
.S. A
lien Pat. Hollman (see
PTUCH
№10), N209 and The
НЕТ are about to merge into un
it-
ed
structure under the title 'The
M
in
istry of Psychedelia'.
JUAN ATKINS
It was hard to get th
is
exclusive interview
w
ith a
DJ/producer/musician
who stands behind the
names like Model
500, Cybertron
, Deep
Space and author of
'Jazz Is The Teacher'.
P
: What does Model
500 stand for, is it
also from
a book?
JA
: It's just another
th
ing that falls in line
w
ith a lot of principles
that stems from
the
Cybertron-days. It's
kinda Techno
. People
get into these ethnic
designations [.
..]
sometimes you forget
about what race or
what background a
person is. Just get into
the music. What can
be more basic and
simple than a Model-
nummer, ha ha! Draw
your own conclusions.
SPORT
URBAN CYCLIST
An article by Timur
....
Novikov; -a- welh
known St. Petersburg
artist and founder of
The New Academy
of Fine Arts.
"I always thought those who ride bicycles
in the city are suicidal and crazy. Then a
few years ago I happened to stay in
some remote district of Amsterdam
. The
bus was very rare, locals to
ld me, and it
was 20 m
inutes on foot to the closest
coffee-shop
, food store, anything
. There,
in Amsterdam
for the first time I felt what
it means to be URBAN
CYCLIST.
..
"Bicycle in the city is not for fun
, it's a
vehicle. Spoiled by St. Petersburg where
the most difficult is the Kirovsky Bridge,
w
ith horror do I look at Moscow Leninsky
Prospekt going up-h
ill and steep
Tverskaya street. But even in Moscow I
don't want to part w
ith my two-wheeled
friend
.
It's a personal vehicle too
. If closing
Metro threatens your personal freedom
and you are not into strugg
le for space in
a bus you too are a potential Urban
Cyclist.
..
"My favourite type is independent cyclist.
It's a type of nature-friend
ly b
iker - w
ithout
gas, w
ithout leather of killed animals. The
members of St. Petersburg R
iver Club
belong to th
is type. They even have a
workshop of "creative cyclism" led by
Roman Gruzov. It is the most w
idespread
type among progressive young people.
Some clubs promote special events for
th
is kind of people, e.g. "Bicycle N
ight
Orientation Competition" organised by
Nora club and the band Dva Samoliota
or Illegal Picnic. Many Ds and clubbers
prefer a bike to
the other means of trans-
portation
. DJs Gabriel Vorobyev and
Khaas brothers, artists Sergey 'Africa'
Bougayev and Yuris Lesn
ik are either
open or secret cyclists. Their senior,
Vsevolod Gakkel, left the band
'Aquarium
' for the Tam
Tam
club but still
remains loyal to h
is bicycle.
.."
D J
VOICE
GROOVE
One of the first Russian
DJs he started w
ith
house, deep house
and garage. Now he
is the main promoter of
jungle and drum
'n'bass
in h
is extremely popu-
lar program
'Storm
Crew
' on the Radio
Station 106.8 FM
. He
also makes dance
rem
ixes for the famous
Russian pop-musicians
and recently started
record
ing h
is own
music. H
is tracks 'Love'
and 'Happiness', com-
mercial Robert M
iles-
style house music,
where he used samples
of M
ichael Gorbachev
and h
is w
ife Raisa
became best-sellers at
once. Groove's sched-
u
le is very tight but he
finds time to make jun-
gle music, which is
especially close to
h
is
heart but has no com-
mercial success here.
Let's wait a little
.
G: I just finished my
new
rem
ix album
. It's
pop and I don
't th
ink
it's bad. I hate under-
ground in th
is sense,
when the music is
locked up in a closet.
When you print a
record and give it to a
D
J and then nobody
w
ill hear it.
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