Dancing about Architecture
...has never struck me as that bad an idea. The phrase is after all attributed to that titan of smug Frank Zappa, the views of whom should count for naught. Hence I think there's a relation between different forms of minimalism, a more than sytactic relation between microhouse and the microhouses of existenzminimum, a commonality of lustrous surfaces and clean lines, a recurrence of elegant Teutonic. So imagine my joy, picking up a copy yesterday of last year's Spectral Sound compilation, to find the self-description 'Chicago jack, Detroit techno and International Style dance music'. International Style, that is, the Americanisation and corporatisation of neue sachlichkeit functionalism. See also the line in Diana Ross' Chic-produced 'My Old Piano' about 'this international style...'