Review - Double Vision Presents

Artist: Cabaret Voltaire

comment
Double Vision Presents
Label: Mute DVD
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Double Vision Presents

Despite Cabaret Voltaire's reputation as late-'80s purveyors of shiny pre-techno, the work done by Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson between 1979 and 1982 is some of the most forward-looking and harsh electronic music ever recorded. Drones and loops and aggressive machinations were at work; albums like Red Mecca and Live at the YMCA were blindingly assaultive, and they were more in line with Cabaret Voltaire's role in a scene that included Throbbing Gristle and Einstürzende Neubauten. This long-form video captures Cabaret Voltaire at the end of this invigorating era; self-released and self-consciously experimental, the quality of presentation is somewhat low, but the material is exciting, especially since it has been unavailable for so long. It's easy to forget that electronic music as we know it today was spun from some very bizarre and unpleasant threads. Seeing Cabaret Voltaire in action provides a quick reminder of how dangerous these sounds were at one time.

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.