In 1974, the year that the Braun building arrived on the Carlow landscape like the monolith, was the same year that Kraftwerk released Autobahn. Carrying a history of dance music in her record bag, Kate Butler brings sonic futurism to this vibrating German industrial setting.
A DJ with Dublin Digital Radio (ddr), Kate is also a writer who is researching the poorly documented story of women dance music producers in the 1980s and 1990s. She plays music from this formative era – techno from Detroit, rave and jungle from the UK, classic cuts from Ireland – mixed with the global experimental dance music of today.
Sweeping through this selection is music from the intense proliferation of women and gender minority producers in recent years. Remarkably free of sentimentality and nostalgia, this is music that uses aesthetic grandeur to banish cynicism. These are compositions that want to communicate with your bones, sending vibrations with the bass, with coded messages of freedom.