Merz sees the 808 as a beginning, not an end. He still has his e-mail list (at robotlovesongs.com), his passion, and his companions. The next step is a New Year’s party and perhaps bigger events in 2007. For now, it’s time to take a rest from the party throwing. “In a perfect world, we’d have a venue with good sound, accessible to all, and we could bring small local acts and international acts on a regular basis. Something once or twice a month. I think through the 808 we’ve developed a following, a reputation, and a buzz that might enable that.” And just who is Bleep? Merz laughs. “Bleep is a happy little androgynous boy robot who would tell people about cool events and maybe educate them a little bit in the process. It goes back to my idea about RobotLoveSongs and to the fact that today’s techno is just so damn robotic but can involve an emotional response. But to those of us that love it, it’s like a love song. It makes you that emotional.” Keep in touch with Bleep and friends via their Web site and www.unlockedgroove.com. The love affair will continue.
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