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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

What the bleep?!

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Bleep workshop - zoomingTime for a quick plug, in case you haven't already seen my Wellingtonista post on the subject. From 8pm tonight at Happy, a group of local musicians will be gathering random bits of electronic machinery to make music together. This is the result of a workshop that was held a couple of weeks ago at the Arts Centre, and is the first in a series of events called bleep.

They are being organised by the While_you_were_sleeping collective, who have run electronic / ambient / experimental gigs by major international electronic artists (Biosphere, Monolake) as well as local acts such as Jet Jaguar, seht, Aquaboogie and Signer. Thanks to Damian (aka frey) for putting this event together.


At 10:58 AM, June 22, 2006, Blogger Hadyn said...

Shit, I forgot, and didn't get your post until today! (stupid work-based internet!)

How did it go?

At 11:38 AM, June 22, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

I enjoyed it. The weather must have put a lot of people off, performers as well as audience, since only 4 of the 8 musicians turned up. Still, that made it a little more manageable.

Even with just the four of us, we managed to surprise ourselves with the range of sounds we produced. Some of it was very out-there free noise or soundscapes, but it occasionally crystallised into something more melodic and rhythmic. At times we got into a bit of a techno or hip-hop feel, sometimes a bit more rocky (thanks to Morris and his fuzzed-up violin/guitar/typewriter thinggy) and sometimes even vaguely jazzy.

At 11:40 AM, June 22, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Oh, and Stuart (one of the guys from the workshop who couldn't make it to the gig) and I have been having a little discussion about the possibilities of improvised electronic music on his blog.


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