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.

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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.

faoi-i_left_the_iron_on.mp3

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).

SoGQ4+Geoff_Hearn-spaceflight_simulator.mp3

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?

DearBritch-fag_off.mp3

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.

Cheers

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:
HKH-4-blog.mp3
(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!
same_actor-tribute_to_georgy_ligeti.mp3

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.

lifting_gear_engineer-4blog.mp3

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.

dan_powell-endless_blue_corridor_on_his_couch_the_poet.mp3

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!

multiplex-4blog.mp3

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

On the Edge in May

Standing around trying to look interesting. May was our festival collaboration with “On theEdge” at the Open House pub in Brighton.

On the Edge do a weekly improvised live music event and once a month invite guests to play. It’s a great, very friendly night, we had a great time talked to a lot of new people and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Three pieces were played by the Spirit of Gravity Quartet. Here is the third in its entirety.

sog_quartet-scott_in_space.mp3

Sorry the blah is a bit brief, I’m busy with the Shitmat rmix CD (at last) and the ElMaes 7″, so its all go, but suffice to say – the Safehouse crew are great we love ’em!

April Show

Three acts booked plus a special bonus guest courtesy of Britch and Bela.


Starting the evening first solo performance at the Spirit of Gravity for Founder and Malevich member Tony Rimbaud as I’m Dr Bouyant.

The Joy of Loops and The pleasure of extreme repetition would seem to be his forte, you’ve had a preview of the cd, it seems next up will be a minis cd of this show, so consider this a preview of that.

im-dr-bouyant_rodent-mesh.mp3


Chris arranged for Kay Grant to play as his last booking before he moved to the big city. She came along with her sideband project: Chris Weaver, a former heavy metal drummer turned laptops and electronics improvisor and dan hayhurst, a sculptor who used tape loops and found sound. I don’t know if it was deliberate but they were composed on stage left to right tallest to shortest; analogue to digital, with Kay holding the centra ground all the way.
their music was a mesmerising performance of wibbling tape manipulations, processed vocal sounds and strange digital inprovisations.

here is the first eight minutes of their set:

sideband_opening_8mins.mp3


We had a heartfelt tribute to the late poet and humorist Ivor Cutler and then our surprise guest for the evening played. Ultrafoetus, it was short and chunky, we liked it. heres a picture of Fuzz, catlike, stalking the beat in his laptop.

And heres an mp3 of one of his pieces.
ultrafoetus-BN1_section_4.mp3


Minimal Impact was very pleased to bring the show to a close with an off the cuff dream piece about the war on noise, or was it the noise on terror?

We listened to it in the near dark, and its at its best if you do, too.

Ah, I’ve lost it. Doh!
I’ll find it yet!

Found it: again its the initial part of the set

mi-7mins.mp3

The March Show – Komuso, Ry-om, Miasmos

Komuso had McCloud and Waxed Apples’ Caleb guesting on bass guitar and bent drum machine respectively. Cliff forsaking the drums and controlling the mix, and Derek on CD decks and FX.

Enormous sheets of sound, occasional grooves and random bits of dialogue from a film being shown (not in this mix) from a box at the back.

here is an excerpt from around 5 minutes in:

evil_birds.mp3

Ry-om were beautiful, abtsract, and comlpetely stereo, which means that the problem with the Minidisk won’t give us a recording that does justice to their set, I think it may well be available from them, though, at

www.ry-om.net

If not they have lots of other bits and pieces: recommended.

Miasmos gave us epic sequenced movements with some fat analogue sounds (where from?) and lengthy delays. Its just mono enough that I don’t feel too bad faking up a stereo track from the Right channel, but if you want more (and you do) he has cd’s avalable from www.superbo.org

Here is his last (lengthy) piece I don’t have the name for it:

fake_stereo.mp3