Amon Tobin Debuts 'Drug-Induced' 'ISAM' Live Show at MUTEK in Montreal
It's hard to believe but this year marks Amon Tobin's debut at Montreal's MUTEK Festival, now in its 12th year. Even so, Tobin is no stranger to the Canadian city, having lived there while producing several of his albums for the celebrated electronic label Ninja Tune. It's only fitting then that the renowned Brazilian-born DJ and producer would select his former stomping ground for the world premiere of his new live show.
The larger-than-life live show promises to highlight his latest album, 'ISAM,' with a full array of visuals displayed on a large multi-dimensional 3-D art installation surrounding Tobin, enveloping both him and the audience in a "beyond 3-D" experience.
"With 'ISAM' there are very few tracks you could play on a dance floor and get away with it," Tobin tells Spinner. "They're all synthesized or multi-sampled instruments [on the album] that have been adapted to make something that is imagined. I even transformed my own voice to make different characters, I've got a younger girl for one track and an older lady for another.
"At some point you're faced with the challenge of presenting it to people, to make a visually engaging experience for people and a sonically satisfying one, too. The idea is to present the album, not to do a rave or try and make people sweat, but to present the record in a personal way that's relevant to what the record is about."
By using physically modelling, a concept that refers to the use of computers to simulate the sounds of musical instruments, Tobin found himself studying up on the "parameters of physics" while in the studio.
"When you model something form scratch and you apply an algorithm to it, it will respond to the physics that are determined and