RA 442: Tin Man (303030303030303030303)

Johannes Auvinen occupies a non-standard space within electronic music. Flick through the seven albums he’s recorded as Tin Man, and you’ll find ambient and classical explorations next to house and techno. Auvinen’s deep, languid vocals feature on about half of his records, something that he says is essential to him, even if it’s a turnoff for DJs. He’s viewed as being part of the dance music underground, but is openly influenced by pop and mainstream culture. One of his other main influences is literature, and in the past Auvinen has absorbed himself in the work of a particular writer—Jorge Luis Borges, William Burroughs, F. Scott Fitzgerald—while producing an album. The Roland 303 features extensively in Auvinen’s work—see 2012’s Neo Neo Acid in particular—but his acid lines tend to softly weep rather than squeal. While his contemporaries moved to clubbing hubs like London and Berlin, the California-raised Auvinen based himself in Vienna—“I never wanted to move to Berlin or a place like that because I was afraid to see my reflection on the street too much,“ he told us earlier this year. „The independent electronic musician trying to make it.“

Resident Advisor Podcast 442

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