Agata Urbaniak is a great photographer and documenter of live experimental music who is based in Brighton. I’m always really pleased when she takes pictures of me doing gigs because she is about the only person who doesn’t make me look completely daft when they take my picture.
She’s started making videos of the music scene as well and did a couple at gigs I played at The Green Door Store and the Rose Hill Tavern.
This is me playing solo as Rackets at Splitting The Atom (thanks to Tom for sound and Graham and Geoff for putting me on)
And this is The Static Memories playing at Oxjam Brighton at the Rose Hill Tavern, a really lovely new venue which is very conveniently about a 5 minute walk from my house. Thanks to Spirit of Gravity and Safehouse for putting us on (and Tim for doing sound again)
I played a solo set at Collect Convert Converge in late September. The event was organised by JoJo Gingerhead as part of her degree and included Seth Cooke and Clive Henry from Bang the Bore doing a solo set on a variety of instruments including Seth’s contact miked iron sink I saw him play to such good effect at Supernormal.
Before them I fought to overcome the art chat from the hordes of students whilst Karl, Jo and Duncan shushed them and glared (at the art chatters not me). It was interesting playing to a room full of people the majority of whom who treated my work as background noise. Although it didn’t really bother me it was a lesson in how most people view improvised music in general and mine in particular. I’m unsure whether they were listening at all or if art music in that context adds to the general feel of the event, in which case I don’t really object to people talking.
I’m used to playing at events where the audience sits staring quietly and intently at the stage and listening hard so in a strange sort of way Collect Convert Converge was a more collective experience.