Berlin church uses techno’s hypnotic repetitive beat

(FRANCE 24) Twin decks perched on a candlelit altar, Robert Hood mixed trademark minimalist techno with God as the charismatic producer and ordained priest wowed a packed Berlin church Friday night.

Hundreds of hip Berliners, most of whom had come to dance rather than pray, were swept along by Hood as priest-cum-DJ, as well as an amateur gospel choir and two female priests at St Thomas church in the cool if dilapidated district of Kreuzberg.

The thumping bass bass beat did its best to make the walls of the 19th century Protestant neo-gothic style church — one of the city’s largest — shake as a black-clad Hood led the proceedings and professed himself much moved by the occasion.

“It?s a beautiful sanctuary, I didn’t know it will lift up so much energy. I am so glad to be here, I’ve been dreaming of this night for so many years,” enthused Hood, a renowned producer of Detroit techno but who was also ordained a priest in 2009.

“This is the first time I ever had the opportunity to do something like this, to witness fellow believers. You’ll be swinging from all over your body,” said the 53-year-old known for his Detroit politically-infused collective “Underground Resistance” label performances.

So-called minimal techno and its hypnotic repetitive beat emerged in The Motor City — the home of Motown — and Berlin in the early 1990s.

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