In this week's OC Weekly, I take a look at Dirty South, the Australian progressive/tech-house DJ who's performing in SoCal, including stops at Code in Newport Beach and Vanguard in Hollywood, next weekend. I write:
Where contemporary dance music’s founders were raised on hardware such as Roland drum machines, Akai samplers and Moog synthesizers, Roganovic is part of a newer generation of dance-music producers that pretty much knows only the computer as the baby daddy of sound. In the 1980s and ’90s, dance music evolved through creative use of samples and digital effects. Today, producers who can also program code, swap out internal soundcards and memorize the shortcuts for music-making programs have a great advantage. Thus, younger dance-music stars such as Deadmau5, Morgan Page and Dirty South have risen to the top of a scene once dominated by full-time DJs. The geeks have inherited clubland.
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