Berlin Beat Club

Bugger London: the visuals by _minimalVector have added a vital piece to the Spirit of Gravity Jigsaw. Check out the picture of Harmonium A Hash Tables above.
Stare at it intently while listening to this piece of aquatic foolery.
Harmonium A Hash Table – Whaleslide
If you only know Steve from his minimal impact work, this may be a shock (Rhythm! Bass! Percussion!). So brace yourselves for a pleasant time.

Terror Wogan returned to The Spirit of Gravity for the first time in ages. Looking a bit better and with meaty chanteuse Sirloin Dion in tow for a feast of Ragga breaks, bent toys and 4o year old effects units. Nice.
Terror Wogan vs Sirloin Dion – Peak to beat

Unfortunately Faoi couldn’t make it.


So in the tradition of the earliest Spirit of Gravity nights, we finished with an improvised collaboration between minimal impact, Terror Wogan and Sirloin Dion. The recording is confused and confusing, droneful and giggly, Steve described the set to me as “Comedy Dronecore” and that seems fair enough.
minimal impact vs Terror Wogan and Sirloin Dion – duppy stalks norn village – seeks origins of sound

Again you can see a little of the visuals in this picture.

Bells

We have a new host, tying things together and making up for the fact Rashamon is on holiday, electronica superstar and funnyman Lee Hume.

If you really want I’ll put some of his introductions up, just so he gets a soundfile too.

Dan Powell started the evening with a set of electro-acoustic improvisations and new sound processing software. It was mad, like a kids toy train stealing a 1950’s computer.
here’s a track called Bells.
dan_powell-bells.mp3

Following dan was Made out of wool, an act with a special place in the heart of the Spirit of Gravity. After blasting us with a solo set as yellow not yellow at SoG@Wrong, this collaborative set between Jason and Nikki, was a much more subtle beast. The mp3 starts from the point I started hallucinating. Its a track called Bells.
made_out_of_wood-bells.mp3

They said it couldn’t be done. “The Gross Consumer playing at Spirit of Gravity – you’re having a laugh, it’ll never work”.
So proving two things, the broad tastes of The Spirit of Gravity, and the broader musical reaches of The Gross Consumer, we proved them wrong. We love it. Heres a track called Bells.

the_gross_consumer-bells.mp3

And thanks to steve at minimal impact we have a (large) download of the whole of The Gross Consumer set, including feeble attempts at justifying his actions in light of what was on the flyer (that is, it has all the banter).

Ghosts and Aliens

I’ve been told some people are having problems getting the files to play, if you are, try saving them to your machine and playing them from there.

We have a new camera, and a new Minidisk Recorder, so its all gone a bit art this week. The full size picture of Gus in particular is a rare treat, scary powerful stuff.

Gus plays Bass

Thor and Dan process it – a set of results are here.

minimal impact also process Gus and some of their results are here.


Chevron give us a break from strings and plays a silver keyboard, this should have been the first outing for Chevvers new laptop, instead it was (hopefully) the last outing for the old one, poor broken thing, I’ve never seen a laptop struggle so manfully.


Bela played her Cello and this her new Viol, we were hoping to have a lovely clear shot of it, its quite lovely to look at, oh well.


Bela also played the Saw, and sang, the saw isn’t on our recording as we didn’t mic it up, but as she was processing her voice we did capture that.

Outside the space-age

A busy night at the marlborough Theatre, starting off with a brief but entertaining burst of unpoesy analogue improv from that fake bureacracy. The picture has Notnick Rilke reclining and Untony’s rather nice van’s just visible from behind the table.

this_fake_bureaucracy-miro_face.mp3
Is their entire set.

Komuso Buddha machines had another special one off performance for us. This time a piece for six Buddha machines and two Zoundz. The Buddha machines were distributed amongst members of the audience who had complete control of them and there was one Zoundz machine onstage with FX and one Zoundz in the audience. Overall a very inetersting experience in 3d sound. Here rendered in Mono simulated stereo.

komuso_buddha_machines-zoundz.mp3

Hot Roddy Bingo. Really needs no description. But that won’t stop me. Brief bursts of Hot Roddy songs, including live sitar. In random order, with bingo numbers called. The winner was Mr Gillitt of Roundhill Crescent who won the ingredients to make pancakes (it was shrove Tuesday after all).

Hot_Roddy_Bingo.mp3


KEYKEEPER+TEMPOS, Henry made an introductory speech about the nature of experimental music making and its current state. Then with some new software tweaked to strangeness, a toy guitar and some household appliances he sang a few songs There is a point on the recording where you can hear someone say “It’s like Danny and the Dressmakers crossed with The Butthole Surfers in a washing machine…In space”
And thats a fair enough set of pointers if you know any of them concerend. For the rest of you its Outsider electro-noise art.

KEYKEEPER+TEMPOS_aubergine.mp3

January Songs and things

Rashamon and the ghost. i suspect its possible to construct a history of the world from the live versions of !Mates to Some Pilgrim”. But I’m not going to help you to do it by posting the great version from this show.
Instead here is Lees remix of The Uneven Dots song “Assembling at Dusk“.
He likes it so much he plays it out even if it is ‘unfinished’.

Komon gets too songs on the blog, mostly cos we loved Antonia’s cover of “Velocity Girl” so much, and it is so short we had to include one of her own songs too – “Take it as a compliment“. And because we loved that one, too.


And as for choosing one of Twocsinak’s songs, very tricky, too. And then there is the problem of what the name of the song actually may be. So we emailed Joe….

‘ (it) is one of a trilogy of songs, going under the umbrella title “Three submissions for Readers Digest”; it is the third section, entitled “Poetry for the elderly” or possibly “The Love Song
of J. Alfred Prufrock (T.S. Eliot)”. If it were to have an individual title, therefore, it would be “Three submissions for Readers Digest – iii) Poetry for the elderly: ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ (T.S. Eliot)”. But that’s a bit long; also, I tend to give live recordings different names to the actual recorded version. In which case, could you call it “An anagram of toilets, accidentally started an octave too low (live submission)”? ‘

Um, I don’t think I did call it that in the end, cos I couldn’t be bothered turning the spaces into underscores.
twocsinak-3 submissions for readers digest pt III.

That’s all, next month something very different.

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Things to do for SoG@Wrong music

You could sit and Watch Hot Roddy do his stuff amidst the smoke.

You could try and see Jay from Yellow not Yellow trying to hammer his Cymbal flat

You could dance to minimal impact.

No seriously, you COULD dance to minimal impact.

Or you could talk to Dan, Bobby or Roddy.
But not while minimal impact were playing, obviously.

And It Wuz

The second show in November saw the collective in maximum effect at Wrong Music. We had the second room and it was a great chance to play loudly for a change. Much as we like the chinstroking ambience of that the Marlborough Theatre provides, once in a while its nice to really let rip.

No Pictures yet – Sorry!

Starting the live sets proper, in a stop start improv manner was The Spirit of Gravity Quartet, with Chris Cook (Hot Roddy) on Sitar and Jason T on violin alongside the base SoGQ4 of Steve from minimal impact, Dan Powell and McCloud.

sogq4_+_jayt_+_same_actor-k9_ate_my_tractor.mp3

Rising from that starting with a Same Actor style processing of the Sitar but quickly getting the breaks going was Hot Roddy. Showcasing lots of stuff from his impending Wrong Music CD and some new tracks, it was rattling good stuff. Unfortunately, apart from “missed callers” a track we posted up about a year ago, the only recording we got was this one song. Which isn’t to say its bad, just that I like to have the whole set to brag about.

It’s a new one, this is its working title.

hot_roddy-knock_knock.mp3

Getting the drone thing going for the first time that evening was Yellow Not Yellow, Jay from nost8ments new solo effort. Ripping stuff, violin, voices, cymbal, effected to hell and back. In the Gravitational Pull review I call it Industrial Ghost music, and it is, a machine roar with screams and mutterings from the pits.

yellow_not_yellow-the_bit_near_the_end_with_the_cymbal.mp3

Changing the mood slightly Casio Headbutt surfaced for their second show, kicking off with some high density organ psyche, followed by some silly casio preset action before finishing off quite nicely with this.

casio_headbutt-breakcore_science_lesson.mp3

After that minimal impact finished off the evening with a no prisoners set of uber drone violence. mi is custom made for this sort of environment: every damn thing in the room was vibrating along with a sound that sent us home dribbling and grinning empty eyed.

miinimal_impact-time_to_kill_the_room.mp3

Although minimal impact did have more people dancing than anyone else.
I don’t understand.