Friday, January 27, 2006

Out and About



Went to the Electronic Lounge on Wednesday 25th at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) in The Mall, here in London - this was the 10th anniversary of Scanner and Sprawl's club and I was expecting less crowd noise and more music, to be honest. Poor old Robin Rimbaud had to compete with a hundred nattering arty types in a room full of smoke.
Deek came with me (despite a headache) and kept me going, though - thanks Deek!

Met Douglas from Sprawl, who seemed like a very nice bloke. I felt like I'd met him before, and he felt the same, but neither of us could remember where or when.

Last night I went to Smallfish Records in Old Street, a great shop for all things trendy in the modern music world. My friend Barry (Si_COMM) was there playing tracks from his new album 'Cycla' under the moniker of 'Level'. Very nice stuff, but again people were just talking way too loud and Barry pointed out that, although it was great to meet people, this kind of music belongs in an art space where chat is not the norm.

While there I met some nice peeps - had a good chat with Matt from Polymorphic Music and a brief "hello" with Shane from the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show. Took a few moments to browse the shop and came away with a copy of Richard Devine's 'Lipswitch' album. A myriad of beats and electro samples - good work, Richard!

When I got home last night, there was a nice surprise waiting for me - a cdr of my Legion gig in Germany on June 10th 2005. Sounds great, so I'm considering in what form to release it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Nagamatzu & other news

Interest in Nagamatzu (my first electronic-influenced band) seems to be alive in the USA. Even though I formed this band with Stephen Jarvis and Andrew Fleck in 1982, there are people out there that trade our old recordings as mp3s, cdrs and the like. Wonders will never cease.

I have a sizeable collection of early Nagamatzu recordings, including our first few gigs. There is also a scrapbook with gig listings and photo's of us posing for the local newspaper in our strange garb and even stranger hair ("What, you had hair?" - the reader picks himself/herself off the floor).

If there's any kind of demand for the material, of course I'll make it available to all and sundry.

Anybody wishing to buy Si_COMM's excellent new cd on the Japanese Spekk label can visit my GEMM page