Mighty presents DJ Pierre and Roy Davis Jr. back-to-back
at Mighty, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7. $15-$20; mighty119.com
The history of electronic music is littered with singular decisions that have had long-lasting repercussions. For example, what if Roland, the Japanese electronics company responsible for producing drum machines, synthesizers, and corollary gear, had spent more time developing the TB-303, its "bass synthesizer" marketed to guitarists (for bass accompaniment)? Maybe then the TB-303 would have been more useful for its intended purpose, and maybe then it wouldn't have flooded the second-hand market shortly after its release, and maybe then DJ Pierre wouldn't have gotten a hold of one. And maybe then he, alongside partners Herb Jackson and Earl Smith (as Phuture), wouldn't have recorded the 1987 12-inch Acid Tracks
, which featured the squelching sound of the TB-303 and inspired generations of imitators, who named a subgenre after it: acid house (and acid techno).