12B The Michigan, Daily Weekend M g zhte Thursdbq,, February 6, 1997
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By Philip Son
Daily Arts Writer
Electronic dance music is in the
process of crossing over from an
underground scene to commercial
mainstream, which raises the ques-
tion: Will 1997 be the year that elec-
tronic dance music breaks through to
the mainstream? The seemingly sud-
c poises techno for
den program shift on both radio and "Autobahn" and "Computer World"
MTV has started to include electronic contributed to a new sound that not
dance music into their playlists only rejected any format of pop or rock
amongst "alternative" rock bands. but also influenced a wide range of
With 1997 set for a multitude of new artists such as Ian Curtis of Joy
albums from top electronic dance Division and Jack Dangers of Meat
acts, and an increasing emphasis to Beat Manifesto.
tour in the U.S., electronic dance Amongst the current crop of elec-
music probably has its best chance tronic dance acts who have new albums
.(for better or for worse) to achieve to be released in 1997, such as the
commercial success. Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twin, the
The history of electronic dance Prodigy and the Orb (amongst many
music has a scattered past in that there others), two of these acts are now part
is no definite lineage of electronic of MTV's Buzz-Bin, which has heavily
dance music acts. However, Detroit, contributed to the sudden hype of elec-
Chicago and New York are generally tronic dance music.
regarded as the birthplaces of techno. The Prodigy's "Firestarter" is the first
Influence can be attributed to the single off the group's next album, which
groundbreaking '70s outfit, Kraftwerk. combines ultra-fast break-beats and
Their use of drum machines and syn- heavily-boosted bass effects to comple-
thesizers created an electronic sound- ment the rantings of vocalist Keith Flint.
scape that can be heard on the current They have just recently signed a lucrative
trance subgenre. Tracks such as See TECHNO, Page 13B
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21 About Town
Perennialtechnolds, Meat Beat Manifesto.
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By Stephanie Jo Klein
For the Daily
You are lying on a bed of soft pink
sheets with your head and feet raised up
by soft pillows. Your fingers are being
caressed by a set of warm, capable
hands and, after a few minutes, you are
very relaxed. As you lie there, soothing
instrumental music bathes the white-
walled room in calm.
No, it's not heaven. The locale is
Charisma, an Ann Arbor beauty salon,
and you are getting a heavenly massage
from an earthly man.
His name is Gordon Bennett, a
licensed masseur who lends his caring
touch every day to the mostly adult,
non-student, salon's clientele. And as he
holds your hand, neck, feet or back in
his grasp, he also may hold the key to
alleviating the aches and pains of win-
ter that plague just about everyone in
these dreary months.
"The main reason people come for
massages is tension release and relax-
ation massage;' Bennett said. "There's
always a connection between the state
of mind and the state of body."
At Charisma, a salon that also special-
izes in hair, skin and nails, the 24-year-old
Ann Arbor native holds shop in a small
attic room. Muted sunshine peeks from
behind the curtains of the small window,
illuminating the room all the way up to its
gently sloping ceiling. Bennett said he
gives massages to weary walker
fatigued athletes alike, to relieve g
tension, improve circu-
lation or help heal sore Char
and injured muscles.
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so the lactic acid in
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crystallize in your
muscles and create pain" he expla
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17, Mar. 17 & Mar. 31)
IThe Progr4 in Film a d
ideo Stu ies Annou es
A New An ual Compe ition
The Program in Film and Video Studies invi
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts to
screenplays, stage plays or teleplays - for con
year of the Leonard and Eileen Newman Wrl
Writing. The winner will receive an award of
as part of the Hopwood Awards ceremony in A
To be considered for the competition, student
of their completed work. Submission may be
work should be submitted in standard three-h1
title only on the cover page. The students na
where on the work. Only one submission wil
Submissions will not be returned.
Each submission should be accompanied by a
student's address, phone, e-mail, and concent
available in The Program in Film and Video SI
Qualified judges in the field of dramatic writi
side the University community will determine
the case that writing of outstanding quality c
submissions, the judges need not award the 1
Deadline for su issions to the L nard and Eileen
Is FEBRUARY 2 1997.'"No subnii ions will be acre
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