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Husband-wife Detroiters Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller exploit a darkish mix of circuit-bending synths, beats, bass and berating vocals. In '08, ADULT. produced and performed the Decampment, a film and live soundtrack. In Toronto this year, they presented that alongside a version of its sequel, Traditions. —Travis Wright

1. Metro Times: Why the long break between Decampment and Traditions?

Adam Lee Miller: Because we're not trying to make money, we're able to do exactly what we want, even if it takes longer. 

MT: What's different with Traditions?

Miller: Conceptually, with the first film you could purchase the soundtrack on three seven-inch records that came with three photographs of Nicola's — artist prints, not digital copies. 

MT: How long did it take you to produce?

Miller: ... We worked every day except for three days for three months — 73 days. 

MT: What else is going on?

Miller: We did the soundtrack for a film called Open by director Jake Yuzna. Also recording and touring. ... 

MT: How does performing here compare to elsewhere?

Miller: Detroit has incredible energy. ... We joke that New Yorkers are "chin-scratchers." We've played phenomenal shows in L.A., but what's crazy there are the cameras. 

Adult. presents Decampment and Traditions at the Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900), on Friday, Oct.1. Read the complete interview at

Travis R. Wright is arts and culture editor of Metro Times. Send comments to

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