Wednesday, October 7, 2009


"Better Living Through Circuitry" is an insider's look at the electronic dance community and the culture it has spawned. A cross-section of the techno subculture is represented as ravers, DJs and musicians speak for themselves about their music and ideals. Insightful and entertaining, the film presents such dynamic aspects of rave culture as empowerment through technology, the DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic, and the flowering of a new spirituality embracing transcendence through sound and rhythm.

In-depth interviews document such diverse personalities as NY deconstructionist philosopher-cum-electronic mixmaster DJ Spooky, hedonistic streetsmart "Superstar" DJ Keoki, the Vegas-reared Big Beat sonic wizards The Crystal Method, Bristol, England's prophet of drum-and-bass Roni Size, and the ethereal desert tribalism of the Electric Skychurch. "Better Living Through Circuitry" equally emphasizes graphic designers, promoters, fans and other essential components of the scene, such as Mike Szabo whose NASA flyers are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum and the Pure Children collective who work and live communally in a New York City loft space from which they create graphics, promote raves and run their own record label.

In keeping with the theme of "empowerment through technology" the production is "decidedly digital" utilizing some of the latest digital film-making equipment. It was all filmed on a tiny Sony VX1000 digital video camera which was usually taken by the director into raves in a backpack. Virtually all post-production including editing, on-line, titles and effects were all performed in a spare bedroom of the producer's apartment using the Media 100 non-linear digital editing system and utilizing Adobe After Effects software on a Power Macintosh compute
Provocative and insightful, "Better Living Through Circuitry" explores with a passionate intensity one of the most significant youth cultures of our time.

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