Hey Brian, What made the Wolfgang Voigt performance so compelling?
It's hard to pin it down. It was a sold-out show and the audience was totally into it, which helps. Everyone leaving felt blown away by what had happened, even though he was just manipulating samples on a laptop. The imagery on stage (they had a little movie playing) really went with the music too. I'd see a show like that weekly if it was equally intense. At the bottom line, it was just hearing that incredibly potent music really loud with complimentary visuals in a nice theatre. I don't look for much more than that in a show, honestly. My concert write-up:
I'm not convinced that electronic music performance needs a shot in the arm, by the way. I think we're running into the same old story of not enough people/fanbase to support a more elaborate live show that pleases every audience member looking for novelty in on-stage entertainment. Techno artists sit behind computers all the time (and DJs aren't all that interesting to see either), and they consistently sell out clubs the world over, whether there's dancing or not.