« on: January 09, 2011, 12:19:08 AM »
Arrived in the mail today. Very surprised of the early arrival. Started a new post.
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Does the R&R Hall of Fame have any real credibility these days? I saw them on the 5150 tour at the Forum, no amps on stage. It wasn't long after that I bought my first synth. They definitely made some good contributions to the genre and had a long run. Eddie reinvented the guitar as a player and builder, and influenced countless guitarists. BTW, Steve Winwood was 16 when he was with Spencer Davis.
Anyone get the Steve roach immersion app yet? Looks interesting and of high quality audio loops. I often listen to the Robert rich app ( though as previously mentioned not the same as the DVD version) plus my phone is no hi fi listening device nice to have though if you really need a ambient break.
SQ was a fantastic time. The meet n greet at the hotel on Friday was laid-back and great, with food & drink provided by our gracious hosts. From the moment you walked in, you felt welcome. Excellent chance to meet and put names to faces. Plus, the defining moment of the meet n greet was watching Steve Roach work the room with a tray of cookies.
As for the show...great sets from all. Loren started us off with some dark work, adding layers of gamelan to the mix. I particularly liked the stuff later in his set, some nice cave-born, shadowy atmospheres. Mark Seelig followed with his flutes and overtone singing, accompanied by mesmerizing, droney tamboura from Stefan Ford (whose name I hope I got right). Byron Metcalf found his way into the mix to add some clay-pot percussion. This set had more than a few people remarking that they had to "come back up" after. Personally speaking, I got myself into a deeply meditative state during this--and I usually can't meditate well for all the crap running around in my head. But I went deep, indeed.
A break, then, during which they introduced the new ImmersionStation iPhone app where you can mix your own Roach loops by manipulating five balls on-screen. In the half hour before the evening set began, they played part of the upcoming release by Roach & Brian Parnham. I only heard parts of it, but it's a desert-ambient style work that sounded great.
Erik Wollo kicked off the evening set by playing all of "Gateway." It was amazing to watch him get his programmed loops going, add guitar textures to the mix and then step back to play his melodies. I heard traces of David Gilmour in Erik's graceful playing. And if you haven't heard "Gateway" yet, you're doing yourself a disservice. Hearing it live only reinforced for me how strong this disc is. Amazing background graphics, by the way, playing off the beautiful CD cover.
And then it was Roach time. Steve charted a dynamic course through washes, analog bounce and soaring soundscapes. Metcalf joined him onstage to add frame drum and usher in the tribal section. From either wing, in came Dashmesh Khalsa and Brian Parnham, both hauling six-foot wide-belled didges to put the crowd in the middle of a space that echoed Nightbloom, Dream Tracker and Serpent's Lair. Both players at one point stepped out to let the other guide the flow. Parnham showcased his yelps and animal growls while Khalsa curled his breathwork from the bell in serpentine constructs. The didges went off, leaving Roach and Metcalf to work their long-standing alchemy in what one hopes was a tip toward their upcoming collaboration, which Byron told me will come from the same place as Serpent's Lair. Finally, it was just Steve winding it down from pulse to flow, at long last taking his hands from the controls and letting the last pad work through the room, finding its way through the applause.
This was a fantastic show. The crowd was sizable for an ambient gig--probably 150 or so for the afternoon session, swelling to easily twice that for the evening. Everybody just digging deep into the grooves, happy to be, for once, hanging in a crowd of folks who get it.
Welcome to the forum, David.
Also I missed dreamin4ever's post, and though he's not new here, I wanted to say thanks for introducing yourself!
Like me, you've probably met some famous musicians over the years of going to shows, record signings, or in-store appearances Most I've met were of course at concert halls, backstage, outside venues, etc. Anybody run into musicians in a place where you least expected to ever see them?
Over the weekend I was in a tiny record store in San Mateo, CA (SF Bay Area) when in walks Dave Murray (guitarist) of Iron Maiden! I've been a huge Maiden fan for 30 years, and this was totally surreal. Turns out he was visiting some family here. Not having any IM discs in my car, I re-bought their "Powerslave" CD, which he graciously signed. I acted like a teenage fanboy, gushing superlatives at this metal guitar god.
So let's hear your brushes with greatness (in the unlikeliest of places)!
I think it's mostly a sign of the times. We may not forget that we're not getting younger and it seems the the next generations of music lovers are quite different from our generation. I do see this happening to my own and other gigs throughout Europe. Quite unpredictable as with my recent Microphonics tour throughout Europe I played before audiences of 120 people or just even 4 people. Nevertheless on both occassions they were impressive and very respectful. I just don't mind playing for a gathering of 100 people or 4, I can't take it for granted that I do these concerts and that I'm able to share my passion with others. I just love the fact of playing intimate and very small-scaled concerts more and more. It's a fact that our kind of music nowadays gets more and more 'underground' than even before in our high days of electronic music scene of the 80's and 90's.
Of course there's a huge difference between Robert and myself, I think Robert still tries to live from his music while I have a 9 to 5 dayjob, which gives me, apart from the frustration now & then, the extreme freedom to do whatever I want with my music - whether it's commercially accepted or not.
I'm sure the decreasing interest in our music scene must put a lot of pressure on Robert's shoulders.
For those who are interested in reading the blog on my Microphonics tour, about the hi and lows, the seedy venues and promoters, the respectful audiences and the satisfaction of playing your music before audiences : www.dirkserries.com
Steve Roach is set to release a double live of his performance at Grace Cathedral. I'm feeling bittersweet about it, as I really want to hear this performance, but I am kicking myself for not having attended. I lived in SF for five years, and the hill and the cathedral were favorite spots to visit on bike rides. I imagine it was an awe inspiring show in that environment. I blew it off cause I didn't want to spend time money to travel back down to California, and am now feeling like I missed out on a rare chance. Anyone see this show?
Last call for Immersion Festival. Ok, I was interviewed about the show, you can read the interveiw here: http://www.lbpost.com/sander/6924
Wow! What a lineup and what a price!