Me and Chris tried our new approach for Nil at Dear Serge on Saturday. We’ve decided to focus our attention on the things we like most, the sounds that sound right together to us and the theme we’ve gone back to again and again – ritual. Chris has been making some beautiful scores using a mix of media which we used at Dear Serge; I need to get working on something similar.
We brought far less each to play, rather stripped down from the usual assortment of junk, instruments and kitchen implements. Chris concentrated on reeds although diverted sparingley into objects as needed. I used my tuned percussion, ektara and voice. We also sat behind a table rather than on the floor, our knees just can’t take it any more.
The score gave a nice structure, even if it was more of a signalling device at times. We decided afterwards that we need to reintroduce some of the performance elements which got dropped. One of the reasons we started to change things is we were tired of being labelled as a couple of jokers, but there’s still space for the playful, rather than the downright silly.
A review of the gig at Aural Detritus in Brighton Noise. Gus is described as a “bit of a legend on the improv scene, and watching him wrestle with his instrument is such a joy that it occasionally makes the rest of their set seem an unnecessary embellishment.” Despite thinking I’m an unnecessary embellishment and describing us as “not breathtakingly original” it’s a pretty good review. I’m not sure what I think of the review of the Nil set, but at least me and Chris enjoyed playing…
Alongside considered reviews of Paul KM, Seth Cooke and Simon Whetham there are some nice comments about how Paul and Aural Detritus are invigorating the local scene which is good to read. Paul deserves the plaudits.
Here’s the review
Chris and I had a couple of beers around the campfire last week and decided we really should get a new album out. We listened to a some recordings Chris made of gigs at The Scope and The Cowley and thought they sounded good to go so The golden headress is now on Bandcamp for free download.
The Scope is the new Spirit of Gravity thing at The Caroline of Brunswick every month, we played at the first one with The Zero Map and Captain Poopdeck and it was a fine and well attended affair. The Cowley gig was one of the many gigs the excellent Graham Newbury has organised in support of Brighton Community Radio and was a cracker with us and some other people.
Me and Chris are playing at a benefit gig for Brighton and Hove Community Radio, a just cause if ever there was one. Its at the Cowley Club inevitably, which is on London Road, Brighton.
28th February at 8pm, Donations.
You can find it listed on the excellent Brighton Eyeball Google calendar, for all your Brighton & Hove experimental music requirements:
Chris and I travelled to Braziers Park in Oxfordshire once again for Supernormal. We got to play in the Church of Chaos on Saturday afternoon and then for Bang the Bore in the Barn on Sunday. Both good sets and we gave away a few cd’s, got some nice comments and made some new friends. Chris did a blasting set with some Bolide people and I took part in a John Cage percussion piece with a very long title which I have forgotten, organised by Adam Bushell.
I saw plenty great music, performance and art. Plurals, Cosham Community Players, Lama Dalai’s facilitated visual scores interpreted by the Kev Nickells All Stars, a performance in the woods at night, Carousel, Mothers of the Third Reich, and possibly the quietest piece of music I’ve ever heard by Charlie Sdraulig which was almost inaudible above the drone metal sound bleed.
Chris and I did a Nil thing at Splitting the Atom at the beginning of June. We thought the recording sounded ok so we’ve released it on Bandcamp as a free download. I was only there in the afternoon and everything I saw was inspiring, there was more low key stuff too, although I heard things degenerated as the night wore on.
Here’s the album
The next Nil album, too, free to download from Bandcamp with a picture of a horse.