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Richie Hawtin
Coachella awaits the next artful spectacle of sight, sound
Coachella awaits the next artful spectacle of sight, sound

The recent history of the outdoor concert, from a performance perspective, begins with a pyramid. Two Frenchmen known as Daft Punk constructed a massive video-and-computer-enhanced object that blew minds at Coachella 2006 with its gradually unfolding light-and-image show. The pyramid not only made their electronic dance music more visually arresting, it provided a shiny new model for staging music. Witnesses still gush when they talk about how the show married sound and technology to create an event equal parts outdoor art installation and concert. It was a generational moment that acts dream of one day equaling. Coachella 2013 marks not only the beginning of the annual concert season,...

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