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The Best 10 Electronic Albums of 2005

Journey back 15 years ago, as 2005's best electronic albums are so emotionally involved and organically expressive that it's easy to forget they were created with advanced technology.

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Heartthrob: Dear Painter, Paint Me

This 23-minute teaser is almost enough to make one want to investigate the actual debut of pounding minimal techno from Jesse Siminski.

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Minus: Nothing Much, Something More

The result is a hard-hitting blend of the best electro tracks currently on the scene, so good that you may agree with Hawtin and recognize that this is no lazy DJ's mix CD.

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Richie Hawtin: Pioneers of Electronic Music, Vol. 1 [DVD]

While its viewers are left out as mere spectators into this exercise in onanism, the incidental details that seep through the film -- such as his robotics engineer dad designing some of the equipment he uses onstage -- warm up the austere minimalist so that techno is finally given a real human face, however fleeting its glimpse.

Lee Wang
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Richie Hawtin: DE9: Transitions

Hawtin has not only produced one of the most singularly fascinating albums of the year, but taken the very concept of a mixed CD into unprecedented territory.

Tim O'Neil

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