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AirSculpture in the USA
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:32 am    Post subject: AirSculpture in the USA Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

AirSculpture at The Gatherings Concert Series
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Just when you thought that things couldn't get any better, another wave of British arrive on the shores of the east coast USA to continue the invasion that started with Ian Boddy and will end up with Radio Massacre International. Of course, I mean AirSculpture! Pete, John, and Adrian did the Pennsylvania EM Trifecta; EMUSIC - The Gatherings Concert Series - Star's End. And it's a race that tests the endurance and measures the depths of an artist.

On Thursday, AirSculpture played on WDIY's EMUSIC after connecting the gear literally for the first time. A fine job but, as it turned out, only a hint of what was to come. The second event in the trifecta is the Gatherings Concert Series at St. Mary's church on the Penn campus. It was easy to tell that sequences had been improved in the intervening two days. But the second set broke the mold and was far more experimental before the stonking sequences arrived. A well deserved standing ovation and short encore followed. Then it was off to WXPN to play on Star's End. Weaving between the Spring Flinging college students and fighting them for the last slice of pizza had no effect on the matters at hand; setting up the gear YET AGAIN after hauling it up two REALLY LONG flights of ancient, creaking stairs. (Good thing it was only a KX-88 and not a Steinway concert grand!) The 2 to 3 am set, though marred with a few technical glitches, was begun with the same Adrian Beasley piano solo that started the concert. But soon, new territory was being explored and magic was evident. The second and final set ran from 4 to 5 am and I must say that the second half was absolutely brilliant! It was a beautiful sequence that graduated from the Berlin School and earned its advanced degree in ambient electronic music. What a way to cross the finish line. Trifecta complete.

We all win!!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I at least made The Gathering, and I agree it was very good, especially the second "experimental" set. Too bad I missed the WDIY and WXPN shows. Anyhow, that second set started out with a train coming at first very softly from the left channel until it was roaring past. The train became some sort of loop ping ponging from left to right, changing into a musical motif rather than any a literal recording. Although it might sound like that would be a cliche, it was not.
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