Fans of techno, microhouse, IDM (intelligent dance music) and all the cutting-edge micro-genres have been buzzing about "Speaking in Code," a documentary profiling globetrotting DJs Modeselektor and the Wighnomy Brothers; electronic music journalist Phillip Sherburne; Tobias Thomas, the founder of the influential Kompakt record label; and other DJs, promoters and producers in the techno scene. Working behind the scenes and spinning at packed clubs, they discuss what the music means to them and how they deal with success and tribulation. The musicians who appear as guests in the film - including Ellen Allien, Miss Kitten and Apparat - could fill the dance music tent at most festivals. "Speaking in Code" has its first screening in D.C. this weekend at the MOCA D.C. gallery in Georgetown. The event also includes a Q&A with director Amy Grill and a two-hour dance party with local techno DJs Measax and Clinic. Alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price for those 21 and older.
(The event repeats Saturday with DJs Peteone and Adam Ross and on Sunday with Beema and Joel Chandler.)
-- Fritz Hahn (April 20, 2010)