Venue: Old Philips building.
The venue is an amazing disused factory…and a testament to what can be done with space for music & arts expos. Huge steel thrusts span 50ft from ground to ceiling. Bar facilities were good, token style, however quite impersonal vibe all round. Would like to see another gig there, possibly Awakenings. Very very well run, not many queues. Handy storage lockers, good toilets. Ace
Crowd: Very trendy and very very boring. It was in some ways nice to not have that undesirable element that seem to always be at gigs but by the end i actually missed the wee bit of messing. A very rigid atmosphere, you would have stood out like a sore thumb if you were dancing or having fun.
Amon Tobin ‘scientist of sound’
Synesthesia def: Sound often changes the perceived hue, brightness, scintillation, and directional movement. Some individuals see music on a “screen” in front of their face.
What I found difficult when watching and listening Amon Tobins live performance at STRP was the ability to pick up on every sonic detail of sound produced by Tobin because there’s literally so much going on throughout the show. Shots of distortion and thick low end bass hits are fused together by mind melting visuals that work perfectly in time with the music. As the tracks fall in and out of tempo, so too does the visual mapping and it all works together magically.
However, and here comes the ‘I am quite hard to please and don’t like to blow things out of proportion too much, however’, I expected so much more. I wanted to be terrified…I wasn’t. I wanted to be able to hear those ‘made up sounds’ I can’t seem to figure out on his albums….I couldn’t (I put this down to the fact that the building was so vast that the sound just got lost in its scale).
The show itself featured what I gather to be intentional inconsistency, kind of like one mood morphing itself into the next mood. For example one minute you’d be listening to these dense heavy weird abstract instrumental sounds and the next minute it would morph into these childrenesque style plonky piano sounds letting go of tempo and then wandering back again into some heavy interlude.
What Amon Tobin does is just so experimental. Tempo, melody, structure and straightforwardness are suffocated by the hand of sight and sound. Tobin crafts, sculpts and most importantly ‘envisions’ these sounds which are all represented right in front of you.
Playing a slower set than usual, almost tech house at the start, as with any other Aphex Dj set I’ve seen he marched through various genres and styles until maxing out with hard techno and break core beats. I think I might have even danced. Needs no more explanation, boys.
DayLee and Future Proof