november will be magic again

As close as we’ll get to a Christmas show I reckon, the November show was indeed magic.

The Reasonable Men displayed simple virtuosity on guitars, keyboards laptop and some strange tone generator that I was quite enthralled by (More! More!). And they played for 45 minutes. Good job they started early.

Monster Bobby played his guitar, Dr Sample and Casio keyboard (“The hiss? I could get rid of that, but I rather like it”). He sings songs, including “The burning ambition of early diuretics” and this one, the epic “I heard you’d moved away”.

minimal impact, well, compared to the high intensity version that was to follow on Thursday at Sog@Wrong this was pretty low impact, but still, dronetastic. Echoes, drones, sheep and spacemen.

Wide open spaces – the October show

Guests for October came from countries where travelling by car is measured in days. Except Celled, who come from a place where finding a parking space takes days.

Just before he headed back to Canada, the long way round (while the nights have got colder here, I’ve just heard from Sean its 32 degrees C where he is in Thailand) nwodtleM played his fourth set for us.

Sean came up with a special set for us, eschewing the normal breaks and 80’s samples, it was a blast of tones, white noise and found concrete. All pitched up and down and messed around with and sourced from philips compact cassette.


On a busmans holiday, Chris Cobilis stopped off to bang the table, play guitar and zither and occasionally sing. The cultural ambassador from Perth Western Australia. I haven’t got a clip if his encore lecture on Australian Culture or the introduction to the Australian piss-weak seagull.

But I have got this dry and dusty as the West Australian plains version of
which Chris loops up out of a dodgy guitar lead crackle. Class.

Trekking in by Taxi from Hove came Celled. A minimalist treat of piano, Korg and effects, Celled took three songs by their noisy alter ego’s Sold, slowed them down beyond the point of it being funny and played them extremely quietly.

Joined by Ben Inman on very quiet Cornet, this is an unrecognisable version of Solds live favourite .


The Battle of Brighton Live

SoG’s new out-reach programme nearly fell at the first hurdle when various acts were booked to appear in Bond Street’s trendy bar Riki Tik’s on 30th September as part of Brighton Live’s city-wide free music fest. Let’s just say that the selection of abstract electro-acoustic experimentation didn’t go down that well with the locals. Funny as it sounds OK to me when I listen to it now, particularly Dan Powell‘s set, which started the evening off:


This Sound Bureacracy followed, although technical problems stopped them producing the full range of sounds that were planned. Despite this, the set still came together from time to time:


The tentative nature of the performance didn’t help with the audience though, so here is the entirety of Minimal Impact‘s set, before he ran for the hills:


Celled didn’t play at all, but the night was saved when, fresh from his triumph at Concorde 2, Rashamon rode in on his white charger and quietened the natives with a smooth performance of hypnotic beats and melodies, which quite frankly was what the whole gig should have been like if we had thought it through. I’m sorry to say that I was cowering in the corner by this time, so didn’t get a recording of the set, but please acept my word when I say it was a cracker.

Tony Rimbaud

The Argus He Knows

This Sound Bureaucracy get down.
Why does Nick Rilke always wear a hood onstage?
Random poetic guests and loopoopoops comprise their set.
Heres guest poet from Sold/Celled Howard letting us know what he likes to look at in art galleries (mp3).
It was either this or Lee Rashamons Britney piece about Emperor Penguins.

Simon Fupper plays guitar and sings a treat, he definitely played the b-side of his Jonson family single but maybe not the fabulous a side.
This is Lea (mp3) anyway.

Leo Abrahams just plays the guitar, he may sing, but he didn’t for us, but then we didn’t let him have a microphone. He does play the guitar though, this photo was taken right at the beginning of the second song I think, part of the percussion loop that drives the song along.
Thats what he does, builds instrumental songs with loops: bright, clear loops. Even the distortion is clear as a bell.
This is “Anemone” from his new album “Scene memory” on Biphop.
One of the quiet songs.


Hot August Night

Stealing the show with his mighty tower of power was Jonny Faoi.

I chose the beatiest passage I could to prove a point. Which isn’t to say it’s the most banging.


After that a trip to space might be in order.

With Henry Collins, Steve minimal impact and McCloud providing the Spirit of Gravity Quartet, and Safehouses Geoff Hearn providing the Saxello (curved Soprano Saxophone apparently).


The saxello was actually so loud at the show that hardly any of it needed to come through the PA, so this was about the only section you can hear Geoff. Unlike on the night when it was clear as a bell. If I’d been more organised we could have a microphone recording as well.

And dear, DearBritch hiding behind the curtains.

Reading from The Book, funny and frightening as usual. Again, Stuarts voice was hardly in need of the PA in this theatre space (Good ProjecTion there), so I had to tinker a bit to make him (even barely) audible from this desk recording. But aren’t the backing tracks great, though? And if you wanted hi-fidelity you wouldn’t be looking for it on a 96K mp3 of a live show would you?


God, I love the BBC

I just found out Rob Da Bank played one of my ElMaes tracks last night, I say mine, I think it was one of steves remixes, it was hard to tell through my poxy little speakers here at work, but great stuff.
rob da bank
Unfortunatly they spelt the name wrong Geburah (5) is by Elmaes rather than Elmeas.
Which is the point of this post, if anyone tries to google Elmeas, not much comes up.
the track is from the WMRecordings CD thats upcoming rather than the 7.

Also Mixing It are playing Dans track from the Shitmat remix CD tonight
mixing it
The 7 and the CD are available via the Spirit of Gravity Website.

The August gig will be posted next week.


Summer Fun (June and July)

Due to some feeble excuse or other I didn’t get the June show digitised until far too late, so I’m mixing up the two shows for this post because, although they were internally very consistent, they were very different shows and breaking them up is going to give more entertainment value. Believe me.

Interestingly Blogger did a fair job of mixing up the photographs so I’m going to follow their lead….

Lastly Halal Kebab Hut played (last act in the July show).
Billed as a seven piece Junkestra, there were seven of them and they had lots of junk and toys and whistles and all sorts, also TWO sets of instructions, and more improvising than you would normally see in chimps cage in a Moroccan zoo. At once rigorous and freeform.

Halal kebab Hut playing.

Halal Kebab Hut after tidying up.

On this blog we have:
(I’m sure there is a real name for this, as there will be with some of the other mp3’s I’m posting today)

They also have on their site more mp3’s including the whole show.
and some photgraphs.

Before them Same Actor played. Now that he has to travel down from (and right across) London we don’t get to see the range of acoustic instrumentation we were so blase about in the past: I mean who could get on the tube with a Sitar, Dulcimer, acoustic guitar, along with the laptop and pennies etc.

But we still get to see the new Sitar, and its a beauty – possibly even more so than the Sitar that was broken just after the last show. Before the show Chris said he’d had some trouble with aliens, but blissfully they left him alone to complete a lovely set of processed Sitar figures.

Here is an mp3 of something, maybe the tribute to Ligeti he opened the set with.
But maybe not.. – IT IS!

Rashamon opened the June show, with a great reworking of “Mates to some pilgrim” followed by lots of new tunes. The new songs were crunchy and rolling. Slightly threatening if you looked at them in a funny way.

Heres something on mp3.

Lifting Gear Engineer played after Rashamon in June, keeping the beat up and scattering pittar patter bass drum patterns all around it, plus the most tuneful detuned sounds I’ve heard outside Detroit.


Again Rob if you can tell me what this is properly called it’d be nice!

Dan Powell opened the July show with a very new set. Processing (Primarily) percussion through a laptop, plus some keyboards. He clinged and clonked, hummed and resonated.
fascinating to watch, too, July was SoG in its experiental glory.

I made up the name for this piece, lol.


Sorry Dan.

Crowning the June show multiplex took off fromLifting Gear Engineers landing strip of rhythm and soared. Their lovely melancholy brushed up with some tasty drum work, plus film!


There are more adequate descriptions of the shows on the Spirit of Gravity website in the Gravitational Pull section.