Archive for March, 2007

London gig this Wednesday

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

I’m playing at the Troy Bar in Hoxton, London – this Wednesday 28th!

Last minute gig tonight!

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

I’m playing at the Iguanna Bar in Chorlton, tonight (Thursday, March 8th) – a very last minute gig! It’s a good venue, and should be fun!

Birmingham trip!

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

The Birmingham trip was great fun. On Saturday we went to a really impressive concert by Birmingham’s BEAST collective – a breathtaking sound extravaganza featuring 96 speakers – concert review here.

My own gig at the Sunflower Lounge was really great fun. There was a lot of good acoustic music on, and the venue is really special – and was packed full of people. Was great to catch up with the Birmingham lot too 🙂 Looking forward to playing there again some time soon!

Pictures of BEAST and the Sunflower Lounge gig coming very soon…

The Birmingham Beast

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

When I first heard about Birmingham University’s BEAST project in 2004, the prospect of going to see a “live” performance didn’t seem instantly appealing – high-fidelity sound played from laptops to an auditorium…. I thought it would be a bit like going to a hifi store and listening to some high-end sound systems.

I was pretty wrong about that. The BEAST performance in Birmingham on Saturday 3th May was impressive and, at times, breathtaking. 96 high-quality studio monitors of all shapes and sizes are used to create a massive sound field. Sound, originating from some computers running MaxDSP, is “diffused” around the room using a large number of mixing desks. The music ranged from sublime watery sounds to impressive electronic booms and whines that whizzed over your head and almost under your feet. It was a bit like listening to fireworks, except with sound, rather than vision.

The evening comprised a collection of pieces by various composers. We were there to see a new performance by electroacoustic composer Alexander J Harker, Orbits for piano and Max/MSP featuring Melissa Morris on piano. The piece relied heavily on improvisation, with a microphone which sampled the piano, and generate counter melodies and phrases. It was an unusual and beautiful performance – and as you’d imagine from BEAST’s high-end equipment, the quality of sound was absolutely fantastic. It was the first time I’d seen any of Harker’s pieces performed live – and was certainly a great introduction. I’m looking forward to hearing more!

Other pieces included an interpretation of Claude Lelouch’s C’etait un Rendezvous (click for YouTube video. The composer, Pete Stollery, undertook the same journey – this time on foot – and sampled audio from various locations along the way. scenes/rendez-vous was an incredibly detailed journey, and really enjoyable to listen to… the sounds of Paris flashed by in multiple directions, as if we’d all been picked up in a cage and carried through the city on foot.

Birmingham University’s BEAST project performs one or two large concerts a year, and can be found here.

Songs for the Bath Tub in the Northern Quarter

Monday, March 5th, 2007

We’ve got a brand new night – at the brand new Trof 2 in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The first event is on Tuesday 6th March – and we’ve picked some of the best performers from other Songs for the Bath Tubs to come and play…

Songs for the Bath Tub, Trof 2


Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Really looking forward to the upcoming Birmingham trip.. heading down there tomorrow. I’m playing at the excellent Sunflower Sessions at the Sunflower lounge, Birmingham, this Sunday (4th March)… can’t wait!

Bath Tub! Thursday 1st March

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Wow… it’s March already – and we’ve got a brilliant Songs for the Bath Tub at Fuel, Withington, Manchester tomorrow. I’m not playing, but I’ve booked lots of really great Manchester acts, plus one from Bristol (Loxodonta) so it should be a pretty nice evening (always is at Fuel!)