In 2012, an exclusive Hypnobeat live set for Serendip in Paris marked James Dean Brown's first solo appearance since more than 20 years under his former alias.
What was supposed to be a one-off event on request turns out to become a distinctive, forward-looking statement – in the name of the groove and mechanical skills. In fact, the sequel introduces a new, exciting line-up: it seemed to be inevitable that two kindred spirits found each other to join forces – James Dean Brown and Helena Hauff played a stunning live world premiere at Serendip festival in Paris again on Oct 5th, 2013.
Their 2nd, mind-blowing live performance at Berghain, Berlin on Jan 30th in the course of CTM festival "killed the 6.1 system" and "saved the night". Rumour has it that seismic activities have been recorded.
Incessantly feeding their hungry machines, the duo's stage performance of explosive nature is completely based on improvisation. JDB and Helena Hauff program their abundance of rhythmic phrasings from scratch – by exhausting the power of an untamed Roland horde which is truly unique on stage. Here’s the equation: 1x TR-707 + 3x TR-808 (+ 2x TB-303) + an array of effects = provocative percussion, unbridled passion, ritual ecstasy, hypnodelic temptation, psycho-exotic magic, and a quantum of danger under a crypto-bohemian approach.
This historical video document of cheap quality from 1984 is advanced in two respects: the performance itself already displays the lack of dynamics and suspense of live sets by contemporary laptop artists while the music strikingly anticipates a phenomenon that would be denoted Techno a few years later.
Skipping the intro track, the Hypnobeat "Prototech" approach back then becomes apparent for at least a bit more than a minute, starting at 06'39":
Four visionaries performed on stage, "employing rhythmik fever virus infekted armament": Romulus Coeurque and Porn Flake operated various synchronized rhythm machines, tapes and effects, Pietro Insipido and Pink Elln played electronic percussion.
The legendary excerpt has been filmed with a Punk attitude on VHS at GEMINOX Underground Festival, Frankfurt University on June 15th, 1984. The two days event (June 15th+16th) – presenting music, films, videos and performance art – had been organized by Inka Gecco and cultural impresario Walter E. Baumann (r.i.p.).
Further participants included Club Moral (Antwerp), Der Plan (Duesseldorf), Exit Out (Hanover), Idiots Savants (Amsterdam), Mike Hentz (Lyon), Non Toxique Lost (Mainz) and NTH (Berlin), among others.
After all there is a Walkman recording of the complete 3-tracks Hypnobeat live set of 35 minutes length two tracks of which are available for download.