Yeah, missed Lustmord's performance as I couldn't get down in to the city that night...
However, I did see (along with Brian Bienowski) the Friday evening events featuring Alan Howarth, Harald Grosskopf & Emeralds. Howarth was incredible, playing most of the well-known themes he co-wrote & created w/John Carpenter, including Halloween, Escape from New York, They Live, Christine & more. And he actually played the melodic sections (such as the venerable Halloween theme) on a single synth, although certain rhythmic sections were no doubt triggered samples/loops...regardless, he was an affable, personable guy who was embraced warmly by the audience, and justifiably so.
Grosskopf was also fantastic, striking a multi-pad collection of syndrums that triggered other samples, augmented by guitarist Axel Heinhelcker w/other guests on synths, all performing (re)works from Grosskopf's newly reissued classic Synthesist. The man was in great form, laughing, highly-energized, and definitely engaged fully with both sound & venue...marvelous stuff all around.
Emeralds, by contrast, was something of a disappointment, as I like their CDs quite a bit, but live, their synth duo/guitarist reduced thick Moog pulses to dull thuds, coming off as an "indie" band sort of reimagining Teutonic EM from the 70s. When Howarth joined them at the end of the evening, playing the theme from The Thing, it definitely livened the entire trio up, and made for a superb closing performance. All in all, a 2011 highlight for live electronic music.