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Monday, March 15, 2010

JUNKCRUNCH: LIVE IN YEOVIL

"Abandon All Art Now!": ah, that'll be Farmer Glitch's car, then!



Have I remembered me ironing-board? Yep!



(Actually, I went and 'hired' this meals-on-wheels, mobile 1970's zimmerfoodtray thing from the YMCA charity-shop down the road to put all me junk on, but forgot to take a photo of it; wish I'd bought it now - it was great! - but I'm running out of room to store all me crap!)

Some of the Farmer's wonderful array o'hand-hacked kit and squelchboxes:



Okay, then, if we've got everything, then we'll just have to get on and play the damn show! A cross-section thru the middle of our set, footage courtesy of Kid Kid Shirt, aged 9:



And what a great job she did too, despite her 5yr-old sister mugging into the camera and pulling faces to put her off lol! There's this brilliant bit at the beginning that sounds like bloody Throbbing Gristle or something, but all these 5yr-old kids are dancing to it - with their hands over their ears!

A really great day! It was a bit weird for me playing in civvies without some elaborate costume or mask - I'm saving the lo-fi theatricals, etc for future Orchestra Intangible '73 shows - but I really enjoyed it. I've known The Farmer for so long now that it felt more like just goofing off in public on a sunny day rather than a performance. V. relaxed stuff. Luckily we were playing right next to the pub, so our friends and family could sup their pints in the sunshine and just hang out.

No keyboards or laptops were used in the making of this: my own antique, 2ndhand Dellslab refused to boot - only finally firing up as the last note of the show died away; as if to make some sort of obscure conceptual point! So I made rattling noises on the QWERTYboard with a contact-mic instead. Farmer G brought a Mac to record the show, but didn't have enough time to plug it in, so we had two dead lappies on display lol.

Thanks to Jesus Pete and Ian from The Orange Box for the PA and mixage, our pals for much-appreciated support and to the Yeaovil Live folks for asking us to play.

9 Comments:

At 2:27 am, Blogger Fritz Bogott said...

This is great! The camera work can't be beat!

I can't make out the fluttering blue ribbon in the foreground. What IS that, a really loosely-wound tape loop? An interdimensional crime-scene marker?

 
At 5:30 am, Blogger db said...

My guess: it's a barrier to keep the throngs of adoring fans from rushing the stage. Excellent work!

 
At 8:15 am, Blogger Loki said...

ilove it... brilliant to pull this kind of thing out of The Cube closets (where it's nice and fluffy and everyone brings their own feedback to the party) and into the shopping precinct... very TG in parts, especially like the bits where the kids voices intervene... when yer playing the County Town?

 
At 8:28 am, Blogger johneffay said...

Outstanding! Wish I'd been there to see the reactions of passers by.

 
At 8:45 pm, Blogger farmer glitch said...

Excellent vid - she got the mood just perfect !! The gig was ace for the lingering curious shoppers - who stopped - looked for a while and then wandered off - hopefully somewhat uplifted by the racket !! Ace day for sure ...

 
At 10:59 pm, Blogger guttersnipe said...

fucking outstanding effort, chaps!

 
At 8:13 pm, Blogger I am not Kek-w said...

"a really loosely-wound tape loop?" - LOL!

Strangely, I was talking to someone only a few days ago about the logistics of playing inside a big tape-loop, maybe as part of a sound-art thing, I dunno.

A show is Taunton has been loosely mooted, so we are slowly drifting northwards towards Bridgwater, Loki. Isn't Somerton the County Town?

This summer is all about Yeovilcentric things - 'local' stuff, I think - that's the way I'm feeling right now: small, counterintuitive, local-based activities - tho the idea of Local-Global features brightly in my mind, of creating imperfect xeroxed clones of small things, then sticking them together and making something bigger lol. Small music, art, comics, etc.

Thanks to you all for yr kind words.

 
At 8:15 am, Blogger Loki said...

Somerton!! That slew of inbreds and rough beasts? That daisy-chain of bad tidings / haircuts? Somerton, the County Town??? Maybe in the boiling buboes of the 14th Century or something...

word verfication: cries, in a visually onanomatopeic (er...) font...

 
At 6:43 am, Blogger db said...

"Strangely, I was talking to someone only a few days ago about the logistics of playing inside a big tape-loop, maybe as part of a sound-art thing, I dunno."

One of the best parts about elementary school is we actually got to make and use 1/2 inch tape machines in order to make loops; my teacher once took us out into the hallway and had each of us hold a drumstick so that we all stood inside one long loop of us singing something. Sadly the Washburn Elementary music budget didn't have enough money for an Echoplex...

 

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