Aurora Halal is an American promoter, producer and video artist, and she brought her array of talents to the stage at Montreal's Metropolis for Red Bull Music Academy's Nocturne 4: Widescreen Macheen Dreems at MUTEK last night (August 25).
The Brooklyn-based techno activist delivered brash and unforgiving analog techno, piercing through the sound system and leaving the throbbing pulse of the dance floor as its open wound. Her lone figure — a nearly motionless, austere silhouette obscured by hazy smoke — stood onstage in stark contrast to the psychedelic intensity of her hardware mastery.
Halal held a vicious grip on the audience, sinking the audience deep into a metallic vortex. Her transformative and sense-engulfing breed of techno proved vivid and hypnotically immersive performed live. The hallucinogenic quality of her set upheld her reputation as a master of techno's transportive power.