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Photos: High-tech DJ works the hard drive

Bassnectar, aka Lorin Ashton, brings the noise via computing power and specialized software.
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Photos: High-tech DJ works the hard drive

Lorin Ashton, who also goes by the name of his musical project, Bassnectar, at work in his studio.

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Photos: High-tech DJ works the hard drive

Ashton gets Reason-able as he manipulates Reason, the virtual studio software he uses to create his music.

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Ashton mixes his music in front of the crowd at San Francisco's Scorpio Ball.

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Ashton works his equipment in a live performance.

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Ashton multitasks as part of his show, counting out beats, chopping the air and bobbing in time to the music.

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A happy crowd of sweaty dancers as Ashton spins his electronic magic.

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