Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Hexed static

Last night we went to yet another lagoon event: a live AV performance by Hexstatic. As an unadvertised bonus, there was an opening set by Module, mixing clips from Fat Freddy's Drop, Herbs, Pitch Black and Rhian Sheehan, along with his own pieces, to give a local flavour to the night.

Module opening for Hexstatic at the LagoonHexstatic themselves got a lively response from the large crowd: perhaps too lively in some cases (some of the "dancing" was concrete evidence of why hippies should never be allowed BZP). The sound system certainly seemed to cope with the low frequencies in some of their Drum & Bass tracks, to the extent that anyone with kidney stones would have found it quite therapeutic. I hope the residents of the nearby Odlins building penthouses enjoyed the free show, and in fact most of Te Aro must have known about it, as it was clearly audible even south of Vivian St.

Unfortunately, the power supply wasn't as solid, and right in the middle of a thumping breakbeat mashup of Nancy Sinatra and AC/DC, it spectacularly cut out to leave us in silence and darkness. The projector seemed to have been thoroughly fried, but after about ten minutes the harassed techies managed to get things going, and it's a tribute to the enthusiasm and good nature of the crowd that very few people left during the hiatus.


At 2:22 pm, February 17, 2006, Blogger the_sifter said...

I left during the Nancy Sinatra track (too much drum and bass for me, and proof once again that it's impossible to dance to).

Maybe that triggered the blackout ;-)

At 4:38 pm, February 17, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

I used to think the same, but then I found that some Latin rhythms are quite similar. It's also possible to dance on every other beat, which is especially useful once you're too knackered to do anything else (i.e. after about half a song).

And I've found out what actually triggered the blackout: someone in the audience found the main power cable and pulled the plug "for a laugh". There's a word for people like that.


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