Dan Curtin ‎– The Silicon Dawn

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PF018 Dan Curtin The Silicon Dawn(2x12", Album) Peacefrog Records PF018 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PF018 Dan Curtin The Silicon Dawn(2x12", Album, W/Lbl) Peacefrog Records PF018 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PF018CD, PF 018 CD Dan Curtin The Silicon Dawn(CD, Album) Peacefrog Records, Peacefrog Records PF018CD, PF 018 CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
PF018 Dan Curtin The Silicon Dawn(2x12", Album, RE, W/Lbl) Peacefrog Records PF018 UK 2018 Sell This Version
PF018 Dan Curtin The Silicon Dawn(2x12", Album, RP) Peacefrog Records PF018 UK 2018 Sell This Version

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Peter_J_Painter

Peter_J_Painter

October 27, 2017
referencing The Silicon Dawn, 2x12", Album, PF018
This is being repressed as part of Peacefrog’s current series of represses, along with his Apogee record and some others from that era. Watch this space...
Stewie03

Stewie03

April 18, 2017
referencing The Silicon Dawn, 2x12", Album, PF018

Dan will be giving a first time exclusive live performance of his classic tracks LIVE on Friday 5th May at Hoxton Basement in London.
mundayschild

mundayschild

December 9, 2016
referencing The Silicon Dawn, 2x12", Album, PF018

Peerless Techno album. Rare and worth every penny. Tracks like 'Population 2' are way ahead of their time, the whole LP still sounds fresh.
Strbn

Strbn

October 19, 2016
referencing The Silicon Dawn, 2x12", Album, PF018

masterpiece, a piece of techno that s gone away, epic
WALTHAMSTOW007

WALTHAMSTOW007

July 4, 2016
referencing The Silicon Dawn, 2x12", Album, PF018

This LP is a masterpiece. I remember when it came out, Jumped on the No.24 bus, straight up to Fat Cat, cash in hand, hoping that they still had a copy, luckily, they did! I've been collecting records for 40 years, I've amassed 15000+, all genres, right across the board and this LP is always in my top 10. I listened to it last week and it still sounds as good, if not better, as the day I bought it. Dan Curtin feels it.
maroko

maroko

February 8, 2009
referencing The Silicon Dawn, CD, Album, PF018CD, PF 018 CD
I was given the opportunity to listen to this hard to find album by a mate of mine, and was pleasantly surprised at how warm and fresh does it sound after over a decade since its original release. Quality album through and through, without any real stand out gems, but the overall feel and impact of "The silicon dawn" is overwhelming. Loads of melodies, harmonic layers revolving around complex percussion that is miles above your typical 4x4 floor filling stuff.
Intelligent and damn fine it is, classic, in my humbe opinion, no. It lacks distinctiveness that could eventually levitate it beyond many of its contemporary releases which explored the deeper and subtler aspect of techno music. One other thing is to keep in mind is that it's a tough feat to find a copy, so many people will be turned away by the price and go for something financially more accessible. That said, this is an extremely worth wile album, loaded with wicked production, sound patterns changing shape and shifting from track to track. The groove is up tp date, the flow is awesome (despite the fact it would have sounded better if the album was mixed), the track selection, while not that versatile, is packed with ideas and carefully arranged music to provide you with maximal living room listening enjoyment. If you can, get a hold of it, and try not to get put away by the oftenly exaggerated price. If you like stuff like Adam Beyer's "Ignition key", Speedy J's "G spot", or Nu Era's album, you will be on home grounds here as well!
techsoul

techsoul

March 30, 2008
referencing The Silicon Dawn, CD, Album, PF018CD, PF 018 CD

Timeless and emotional techno. Dan Curtins expressionist approach doesn't imitate, but is clearly inspired by early Detroit sounds. Curtins main aim seems to explore what happens when sounds and harmonies collide. He uses those moments with mastery to bring further drama to his arrangements.

I can remember not liking Dan's album "Art & Science", which was my first contact with his sound, at first - some tracks seemed quite chaotic and disharmonic to me, and I am very sensible to unintended disharmonic production flaws which in my opinion spoil many early techno records. But it was me who made the mistake back then - out of a silly prejudice, i never gave each of those tracks more than half a minute of listening.

A few years ago, I got a promotional copy of Dan's album on Headspace ("We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For") and put it on without much expectations while doing some work. It stayed on rotation all day long, and I finally got the point. His often strange harmonics simply need to be given some running time to suck you in.

In the end, I definitely payed the price for being so prejudical at first - my copy of "The Silicon Dawn" wasn't cheap at all, almost 14 years after it's release. But, still, well worth the price.

This is a real cornerstone of a techno album.
Jazzual

Jazzual

March 16, 2005
edited 5 months ago
referencing The Silicon Dawn, CD, Album, PF018CD, PF 018 CD

This is what Detroit techno is all about. Warmth, subtlety and futurism with a big helping of soul. This album blew me away when it came out and still sounds amazing today. It would make the ideal soundtrack for late night driving around a Detroit (not that I have ever done so!).

Not as dance floor friendly as some of Dan's later albums but it remains his best. A real forgotten classic. If you get the chance to buy a copy don't hesitate.