It’s not often that a performance by a world-renowned DJ leaves fans speechless instead of sweaty. But that seemed to be the goal of experimental producer-DJ AmonTobin the moment he decided to take the live show for his latest album, "ISAM" (released April 19 on Ninja Tune) into the visual realm.
“The show really isn’t about rocking the dance floor and getting people in the froth,” Tobin said. “It seems like some people come expecting a DJ set, and what I end up seeing in the audience is this kind of mesmerized stare. In this case, you couldn’t ask for a better response really.”
Employing a 25-foot cube-carved stage structure as a canvas, the live presentation of Tobin’s ambient electronic opus takes audiences on a 3-D journey through sci-fi psychedelic landscapes while bending the boundaries of time and space. The result is a world where fire, ice and plumes of smoke commingle with heavenly constallations and the mayhem of futuristic thrillers like "Blade Runner" and "The Fifth Element." Premiering at Montreal’s Mutek festival in June, Tobin's traveling behemoth commands more than four tons of gear, a sizable crew and some of the most advanced visual technology to date.