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Better Living Through Circuitry

Boom, boom, boom, boom. If techno music isn't your thing, this

documentary about the rave scene and the subculture surrounding will

probably give you a headache, but if you dig the music, you'll dig the



It's the story of America's youth. It's the story of outcasts who band

together, with the beat serving as their common bond, in a "communal

experience." It's the story of tireless rave scenesters, savvy promoters

and idealistic artists. If you're part of the scene, you'll see all the

familiar phenoms and faces; if you're over 30 and don't have a clue,

this is a good intro course to the techno world, and from now on you'll

be able to love or hate this music with a more informed opinion.


Who the hell are all these people, with names such as Frankie Bones, DJ

Spooky, Loop Guru, Moby, Scanner and so on? They're the DJs and computer

nerds who make those booming beats on their Macs and turntables, and

some of their stories are pretty fascinating. With their do-it-yourself

ethic and their quest to create a new music art form, these folks

actually come off as real human beings (like the guy who got into

deejaying by spinning his dead father's record collection).


If you've ever been to a rave, you know that there are a few

fundamentals: A darkened, empty building (usually a warehouse); loud,

thumping and incessant music; weird lights and images streaming across

the walls; and, of course, the DJ. Director Jon Reiss, who used to make

videos for Nine Inch Nails, brings the party to the screen without

polishing the grit to an MTV-style gloss. See it in a theater with good


Bottom Line

If you're too young (i.e. Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys

aficionados) or too old (Led Zep, anyone?), forget it. But for its

intended audience, a classic in the making.