Relaxed is not a term one would usually associate with Ken Ishii. As Japan’s premier techno producer and DJ, he has created a sleek, cutting-edge repertoire that is bristling with tension.

But back from a gig in the heart of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil, he is in an easygoing and voluble mood. Speaking in very fluent, British-tinged English, Ishii belies his image as a techno cyber hero, seeming very much a regular guy.

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