Unsound, Werkleitz, and Urban Spree concerts were all fantastic. It was an honor to work with Roly Porter, Lucy Benson, Marcel Weber, and the Sinfonietta Cracovia & Prokein Streichquartett players in Halle & Krakow on "Dream Cargoes". Thanks to all plus Matt, Gosia, Ewelina, Sandra, Bill, & Manu for making this trip happen. I loved almost everything I caught - clipping. & Mykki Blanco's back-to-back volume-assault at the Hotel Forum was impeccable, plus arriving just in time to catch Laurel Halo's jammy, extremely hands-on set the following night was perfect. Finally seeing UR in concert was a dream come true, incredible. Nate Young & Chris Douglas were both in fine form in Berlin ; pulling off a complete evening of entirely a-synchronous electronic music in the ancient European ancestral city-home of dance music, to an entirely sympathetic sold-out crowd no less, felt like a victory.
It's back to the daily grind here in Cambridge, where the fall has finally fallen. I'm gearing up to wheel my orange suitcase down the street to play the "Boston Hassle Fest 5" on November 8th at the Elk's Lodge with Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Japanther, and Lightning Bolt, amongst others (the fun continues the following night with Nate Young, Prince Rama, and Black Dice - but alas I'll be out @ EMPAC at the premier of Mark Fell's new piece that night before hightailing it to NYC for the premier of Florian Hecker's new piece at the Guggenheim the following afternoon.)
In Halle, at soundcheck the day before the performance, I recorded a nice long stream out of a patch that would end up mutating into the "Dream Cargoes" performance solution ; despite sharing many of the same building-blocks, the output here was quite dis-similar, approaching the dark, iterative lurch of so much of my treasured early-80's tape-scene murk. I've put up a 45-minute segment (although, honestly, I could listen to this all day) - it's quite quiet / dynamic - no post-processing of any kind has been performed on the 24/96 capture (out of the main Cwejman mixer through a Radial stereo DI box directly into a Sony PCM-D50 ; how's that for transparency) ::