As one of the first artists to join Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus' Hard Wax camp in Germany, Rene Lowe has played an important role in the camp's revisionist approach to techno, even though he has only released a handful of records in the 1990s. After moving to Berlin after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Lowe's appetite and appreciation for early Chicago house and Detroit techno drew him instantly to von Oswald and Ernestus' Hard Wax record store in 1990. There he found the records and inspiration that would catapult him to a role as the resident DJ at Waschhaus just outside of West Berlin, where he DJed from 1992 to 1995. When von Oswald and Ernestus performed live there, Lowe introduced himself and soon found his Lyot record released on the duo's M label. The song and its remix by Maurizio quickly became huge anthems in the techno community. It was during this time that Detroit native and Berlin-frequenter Eddie Fowlkes help him set up his studio, while Lowe worked as an employee at Hard Wax. With the aid of fellow employee Peter Kuschnereit, Lowe produced the first record in the important Chain Reaction label, Scion's Emerge, setting the precedent for the remarkable stable of innovative European artists to soon join the label's roster. In May 1995, Lowe produced the music that would eventually appear as the first Elevation record on Chain Reaction. Rather than take a traditional approach to techno -- emphasizing percussion -- he decided to focus instead on the sequencing of the track, resulting in an epic ambient track composed of individual sounds traveling through elaborate sequencing -- a journey through the slow metamorphosis of a sound. He soon followed this record with others, eventually compiling his Chain Reaction canon on the Elevations CD in 1997, which featured further previously unreleased variations of the sound he explored on the first Elevation record.
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