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b. Sebastien Devaud, France. Agoria may be the documenting moniker used by film college graduate and atypical techno maker Devaud. Relating to story, the Lyon, France-based maker played his 1st DJ arranged as support to Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox, and offers performed alongside Jeff Mills, Joey Beltram, Colin Dale and Cristian Vogel. Progressively uninterested of playing additional people’s records, nevertheless, Devaud started creating his personal tracks which were explicitly designed to transcend what Devaud phone calls ‘motorway techno’. He was the 1st DJ to be studied on by Good, a French support account for new functions. The son of the opera vocalist (who trained him music theory and piano from age 10) and an architect (who was simply apparently a large lover of Steve Reich and Brian Eno’s repeated musics), Devaud cites the motivation of Pierre Henry, Stockhausen, hip-hop and Prince alongside Detroit luminaries such as for example Derrick Might, Kenny Larkin and Underground Level of resistance. While his DJ units are mainly Detroit-style techno, Devaud’s 2003 recording debut was designed to mix genres to reveal his home-listening practices. ‘La Onzieme Marche’ (The Eleventh Stage) was an especially classy and flawlessly poised slab of Underground Resistance-inspired techno. Blossom presented a trio of collaborations: with Sylvie Marks from the Berlin-based BPitch Control label (on ‘Spinach Lady’), Ann Saunderson (on ‘Well worth It’), and Tricky (on ‘2thousand3’). Devaud offers released music via the UMF, Tekmics, Zebra 3 and A-Traction brands and his Agoria alter-ego continues to be remixed by Alexandre Kowalski, Intec’s C1, Eedio, Phil Keiran and Kompakt Information’ Michael Mayer.

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