Our second set at the Tuesdays Post gig at The Paradise Bar, 5th February 2013, for which we were joined by Georgina Brett:
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YouTube versions (split into three due to YouTube's video length restrictions): part 1, part 2, part 3.
Just for posterity, here are the notes I (Os) had to get the three parts started:
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Unfortunately 1997 was "the year of the mud" and the stage we were booked to play on sank into the mire. We were bumped to the Wise Crone Cafe tent, and eventually managed to play for 5 minutes sometime in the small hours of the following morning (shortly after the sound man went home for the night, so we were left to engineer the gig too).
All in all, a terrible experience. We didn't record it. I can honestly say I remember nothing about how it sounded - at the time I was simply grateful to be making any sound at all.
We were joined by Andrew Booker on electronic drums.
Mike and Tim travelled to Nevers, France, to provide a live soundtrack to the Roswell Alien Autopsy film. Mike played guitar and Tim sang over a backing tape prepared by Mike and Os.
The recording of this performance formed the basis for the first album, initially put out as Collective - Soundtracks and later revamped and reissued as Darkroom - Daylight.
Joined by Peter Chilvers on keyboards, including the café's own piano, which was in a separate room from the gig itself.
To date, the only occasion on which Mike has played bass at a Darkroom gig.
From the programme:
Haunting and arresting, "Darkroom" are an improvising group (more "Starsailor" than Machine Gun) of shifting and unsettling atmospheres. The two instrumentalists construct an environment of mutating loops - while Tim Bowness (of No Man) uses his extraordinary and evocative voice to add an emotional centre to the music.
This was the infamous gig during which several things of note happened
- the promoter left before the end of the gig, apparently not in a great mood
- Mike threw his watch at Os to try to make him stop playing (we were way over time) (Os didn't notice)
- the phrase "rich hippy" was levelled at Mike, apparently because he had more than two guitar pedals.
We played two sets, and I remember it being a good gig. Sadly, it was one of the few that we didn't record.
Peter Chilvers joined us, on bass.
Organised by Adrian Newton, aka Nemeton, who went on to remix Darkroom for the DAC Mixes album.
Extended performance/installation. Held in the Cambridge Museum of Technology.
Festival site no longer operational, but you can see it here thanks to archive.org.
Official site: http://www.collective.co.uk/loopfest/archive2003.html
Official site: http://www.collective.co.uk/loopfest/archive2004.html