Excerpts from a 10/30/2010 in Seoul, South Korea at Live Club SSAM, presented by Texture/Fragile.
This also included Ben Vida but I arrived late and missed his performance and that of one other band.
A beautiful show put on by the group TEXTURE/FRAGILE with varied musical performances and a respectful observant and interested crowd. Looking forward to the next Texture/Fragile event.
Listed as musicians from Vermont and Montana, two places where i have lived, these two bearded, fleece and flannel wearing dudes looked like compassionate lumberjacks or folk heroes, they set up two mic'ed dulcimers, and I wasn't sure but it looked like they had effects on the mics. The light bulb in the middle was a nice effect and gave of this feeling like you were camping with some friends in a public use cabin for the weekend, but instead of drinking a bottle of whiskey had decided to experiment with organic trance. It was a beautiful 30 minute piece that slowly evolved into this wafting ambient piece that was unique and relaxing, demanding attention to the subtle changes.
전자양? 정자 왕? 電池肘？Sperm King? Electronutrition?
not really sure what the name of this band was, because they were listed as several different names on the different fliers and promo for the event.....on the paper flier they were listed as "Sperm King" and on the Facebook event they were listed as 전자양 which sounds similar to sperm king but translates to the combination of the korean words
meaning electron + nutrition so I assumed "electronutrition".....they were also listed under a Japanese sounding name loosely meaning battery elbow....
probably an intentional fluidity for a band I'm assuming is made up of musicians that play in other bands around Seoul and meet together for a one off noise project...nonetheless it was some great rhythmic noise, and a nice break between the sleepy and pleasureful ambiance of Sun Circle and Grouper...if anyone has more information on this band... email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Love grouper, and it was nice to have the chance to perform in a live setting. It was sort of funny because the promoters or whoever was doing sound were playing tracks from "dragging a dead dear up a hill" in between bands, sort of an unusual thing to do at a show, as its kind of anti-climatic. Coming late to the show, I actually thought she was playing, as I heard the songs in the hallway, and I sort of freaked out thinking I had missed her set. This kind of highlights as well the sort of obsessive excitement that people have for a project like Grouper. One of the guys from the other bands, put a set list at her feet before the show, and I heard her say "I'm not going to play this tonight" and then heard her having the same discussion with him as I was leaving the show, explaining that the song wasn't really suitable for a live setting but that she might try and play it anyway the following night. Incredible nice way for her to handle that sort of difficult situation.
She laid out several cassette tapes that she fed through a mixer, and asked that the sound be turned down, it was so quiet that you could hear any sudden movement in the room, or the slight sounds of ipods, cellphones, people coughing....but still the whole room was transfixed on her soft voice singing in longing over these ocean like sounds. This really deep and wonderful sound scape that relaxes your attention and conjures great imaginative images. I think she mostly played songs from the album "cover the windows and the walls" but I'm not super familiar with the titles so I'm not sure. Missed the last train but it was worth it. Hope that I'll have the opportunity to see her perform again.