Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Intergration 5

Fri 3rd March 2006 - Intergration 5 [ Scribble Seven ]
Steven Stapleton, Colin Potter, Matt Waldron
Freida Abtan, Maja Elliott, Andrew Liles
Joolie Wood and Monos @ St Peters Arts Centre
Preston Lancs


St Peters Arts Centre
The Venue - a lovely converted church

Andrew Liles started off the proceedings with a short set, bleach damaged archive footage supported his nocturnal atmospheres, glimpses of the original films spookily broke through the ‘23 Envelope’ textures. Sonic textures switch bladed, previously introduced elements blossomed then were cut over by others.

Andrew Liles

I enjoyed the Eastern vibes that went with the silhouetted camel trail on the horizon of dunes, the sound swaying around exotically as the film was buried in a blizzard of decay. Strange echoes of conversation bounced between the speakers and equally strange noises emitted from his equipment, creeping round your ears in macabre shadows.

Andrew Liles

Three guys, collectively know as Monos took up the reins after Mr Liles, with Colin Potter at the helm. Starting from the slow building of sliding textures, the music grew organically as star shapes flickered over a blurred skyscape.

Monos

Light broke through trees to a cacophony of crows squawking from within the electronic flux. Meditative drones mimicked the pristine shapes that formed and dissolved before my eyes. Superimposed impressions complimented the sound's multi-layered density. Somebody on screen was tinkering with a guitar, the image split then patterned into a geometric kaleidoscope of possibility as the sound disjointed into a multitude of colour. The Monos sound was incredibly optimistic, radiant and soothing, but never feeble or prone to slipping into anonymity. They captured a prevailing flow that was as alluring as bright sunshine on a crisp winter’s day, possessing a burnished brilliance that was truly engrossing.

Monos
Monos
Monos

After a long break, filled with strange 'John Lacy' luggage obsessed film work, the highlight of the evening began to gather - The Scribble Seven, comprising of the cream of the sonic underground.

Scribble Seven
Scribble Seven
Scribble Seven
Scribble Seven

Two absolutely beautiful Joolie Wood songs (highlights from her forthcoming debut) began the set, with Maja Elliot providing backing on piano and the rest of the contributors giving a subtle electronic presence to Joolie’s flute and violin accompaniment. This was closely followed by a full-on continuous improv that filled the rest of the evening’s performance.

Scribble Seven
Scribble Seven
Scribble Seven

Everything seamlessly gelled together. Droning electronics punctuated by the masterful Matt Waldron, Joolie scratching her violin strings and Maja Elliot teasing stuff from the innards of the piano (although she was obscured from view a lot of the time) and at one point slamming the lid with a large crash that was quickly taken up by something Matt was fiddling with at the time. Colin pulled out a ‘Dr Seuss’ like stripy horn, mixing breathy moans into the scrawl. Steve Stapleton's hand hovered over an electro-sensitive box, the other twisted the sound shapes this way and that. The dense construct finally came to a close with Maja stroking her keys and Joolie plucking her violin. They were just fabulous and frankly words fail me when it comes to describing the bizarre concoction of sounds that flowed with breath-taking ease that night.

Scribble Seven

I'm still pinching myself with dis-belief...

8 comments:

Rafael Marquee said...

AHHHHHHHH!!!
I wanna cryyyyyyy! :~(

Rafael Marquee said...

Very nice pics, though. :)

Cloudboy said...

...wish Mr Stapleton had moved that lamp...

Loki said...

awesome pics... sounds like a great night... seems lik Stapleton is starting to consider playing live more often these days... i guess we had to wait a while for Coil to return to the stage and then they started playing allover the place, maybe a mass NWW tour is on the cards... incidentally, have you heard the Colin Potter Earthmonkey stuff? audio sapien is hippie heaven...

Cloudboy said...

Thanks loki it was a very extra special experience - hopefully he'll be more UK bound in the future especially with the Colin Potter connection there firmly in place...

Oh yes, Earthmonkey is very groove some the bonus trk (Sapphire Wave) on the dbl vinyl version of Audiosapien still floors me. Like the tongue in cheek use of the 'Monkey' soundtrk too...

Can't see Colin Potter on the sleeve notes, is this a new collaboration?

Loki said...

no, i'm being a twat... it wasn't colin potter at all was it, it was peat bog...

Cloudboy said...

That’s a relief, thought I was missing out on some new developments - yes Peat Bog with Steve at the remix table.

Bog's Inflatable Side Show
project was a interesting diversion don't yer think? The power rock of 'Bone Frequency', from the Foxtrot CD, being my first introduction to his kraut-ish vision.

There's some interesting stuff of his over on ebay at the moment if yer interested: http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZtwentyQ5fhertz
i'd love to hear what this stuff sounds likes, seeing that the enormously enjoyable 'Awkward Pause' was supposed to be built from Inflatable Side Show session recordings...

Anonymous said...

Steve--Why wasn't Colin wearing his University of South Carolina hat?