Over the past couple of weeks I've been doing a few different performances and working on a number of projects I have going at the moment. The weekend before Easter was the You Are Here festival in Canberra. I performed in two different shows that ran over the weekend. The first was the tent performance with Millie Watson, Ben Drury and myself. The tent went very well and I think all of us were happy with the outcome of the gig. We decided to play two sets the first lasting for 45 minutes and the second over an hour. Drury used double bass and electronics, Millie had found sounds and electronics (computer processing) and I used the combo that's been my go to for recent gigs, synthesizer, kaoss pad and acoustic guitar. I like this arrangement and instrumentation as it allows us to create looping textures that all fit well together. We can also make use of the space by walking around with the acoustic instruments. The tent also added other sonic possibilities by playing the tent poles and scratching the tent itself, making a spooky camping experience.
I also performed with a theatre group, providing the musical accompaniment to the work. This was a fun show and the first time I had done any theatre work since school, very different from anything I have done recently.
This week I had a gig with EMS performing two new works by Alexander Hunter that were performed with projections by Canberran artists. The pieces created a very nice soundscape that the instrumentation helped to create. Strings, electronics, brass and percussion had the audience mesmerised with the sound and visuals.
I am continuing work on my residency project at the Red Rattler and I think I have made some good progress on the overall idea and execution of the idea. More work to put in, time to record some music, write some notes on a page and get it done.