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August 2014
Back to the Green Door Store in August, and a hat-trick of fine visuals to accompany the usual high quality music this month.

Andrew Greaves

Andrew GreavesAndrew Greaves began with a premiere of his piece for organ, ‘Octabeast’. A rare foray into composition for SoG, this was a massively physical performance, with his swift fingers producing relentless arpeggios, the effort becoming increasingly visible as the piece developed. The overlaying echo, and rhythmic pulse which began to introduce itself, produced a kosmische feel. The accompanying visuals were provided by street photographer Simon Peacock, presented in Andrew’s patent flowing slideshow format, and grounded the experience in a way that more spacey images would have failed to do. Watch out for a photographic exhibition from Simon, with the possibility of further collaborations in store, and you can also find a CD of ‘Octabeast’ at our Bandcamp page at http://spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/octabeast.

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GagarinSet to his trademark film of Soviet space footage, Gagarin’s set eased in with ambient washes and picked out keyboard notes, but soon his mode of more delicate physical performance was introduced. Moving as lightly as Fred Astaire, his hands and feet danced across his pads and keys, always a pleasure to witness. Glitch funk recognisable from his Biophilia CD, nicely pulled apart and played around with live, was interspersed with less rhythmic interludes creating a subtle and nuanced set. The visuals developed into a more abstract, washed out style as things continued, closing with a more robust beat-driven sequence.

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PawnsphinxThe professionalism of Pawnsphinx’ musical presentation apparently caused some confusion, with some mistaking his set of original pieces for a DJ set. Muscular beats emerged from his laptop, bouncing well-developed drum and synth pads around the venue. He also shared with a bemused audience the bizarre video art of Matthew Barney, from his Cremaster cycle (www.cremaster.net/). This involved two identical women stealing grapes through a tablecloth from a load of air stewardesses in two blimps, with the stolen fruit defining the choreography of a Busby Berkeley-style dance troupe on an American football pitch below – no, I wouldn’t believe me either. Possibly a bit too distracting to make the most of the sounds developing, but Ben was given leave to continue past our normal curfew time to provide something of an SoG rave-up to finish the evening.

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On the first day of autumn, or was it the last day of summer

A packed evening kicked off with the remaining Wrong Music Maestro The Gross Consumer with a pile of knackered toys built around a headless bent plastic Dalmatian. Covered with contacts for crocodile clips.

Top fun, it made nasty noises, played cheesy demo tunes that got mangled, growled and generally played the fool.
Jolly Good Fun.

Thee Gross Consumer – bid de bong bid de bong bong by The Spirit of Gravity

Swiftly we followed this with a far scarier set by field recordiningistas and general research bods Fallow

Fallow – an excerpt from the middle (fallow deer field recordings and incidental music) by The Spirit of Gravity

On an especially extended visit to blight, An Infinity Room filled our heads with superior drone technique on the bolt operated twin organs

This is an end section so you can hear the beat frequencies disappear as it winds down.
An Infinity Room – End section by The Spirit of Gravity

Rounding of the evening with his dancing feet was an inspired dubstep set from Gagarin.

Gagarin bit for blog by The Spirit of Gravity

So your eyes don’t feel let out. Here’s the video.

A journey through February sound

Starting with lots of space : reverbed pianos and field recordings and banging through to Hi density bangers.

Komuso, starting as a two piece , finishing as four had a musical journey of their own, and here is a bit of it.

Replaced by Gagarin, all on his ownsome, but making up for that with an increase in intensity and rhythm.

Heres some of his set with more rhythm and less tune that most, but I liked the clicky bits.

Then with a foot on the monitor and something of a bounce in the step, we rounded off with Urban Delights who unplugged my recorder so I have no mp3.

Still they are on myspace and I have some video below. . . .

Komuso Live at the Spirit of Gravity feb 2009

Komuso Live at the Spirit of Gravity feb 2009

Gagarin Live at the Spirit of Gravity. feb 2009. II

gagarin live at SoG feb2009

urban delights live at sog feb 2009