The McKeown’s show on the 10th went awesomely! I was soo00o happy to see all my friends there; it really made it a special night. Thank you all; especially my Human Genetics masters program buddies, who probably had no clue what they were in for! (^_-) And thank you’s to Maggie Mckeown and Charlie Engstrom, for hosting such an awesome night!
My set was all about exploring this idea of loss and return. Sort of about “eternal return”; an idea, I believe, of Nietzsche’s, which I picked up by way of Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I used field recordings I made one beautiful day, years ago, with an old girlfriend. I left in all the moments when we talk… Me, for instance, saying “that was a great sound, sweetie”; or her telling me to record as she runs across an old basketball court to send a flock of birds into flight. Towards the end, you hear a tape playing forward, rewinding, flitting forward again; one of my favorite sounds. (^_^)
I’m pretty happy with how the performance went, on a technical level. My max patch held together pretty solidly… though some sort of weird, buffer-y intermittent noises started popping up into the mix about an hour before I went on. Fortunately, it behaved fairly well during the set. (As soon as she’s fixed, I’ll post her in the max/msp section.) And I only unplugged my main out cables twice! BBbbZZzzRppp! I was quite nervous, so my singing was a bit subdued and I kept it low in the mix; but I think it went well enough for my first time! You can listen to it here!
Unfortunately, my little field recorder ran out of gas, cause I would have looooved to record the evening’s two other acts. Helen Gillet was incredible! I hope to start taking cello lessons from her soon! Bryan and Trey’s modular synth/ feedback mixer set was awesome as always. They’ve got this great interpersonal dynamic; wherein Bryan will squiggle something on the synth, and Trey will simply bust out with a laugh. You can tell they really love their sound. It was an experience, as always!
Next up, I’ll be playing a 20 minute set at the Big Top on Clio St, as part of this year’s New Orleans Independent Sound Experience. It’s going to be a really amazing day, with something on the order of 17 different acts performing. I plan to change my set up quite a bit… so please come out! (^_^)b