Improvizone

Gig two

Andrew Booker 2007-04-04 23:06:03

In the same way that neglected muscle degrades to fat, so the rosy glow about me at the end of the highly satisfactory first gig faded with the passing weeks spent blocking site spam, mixing the odd glitchy track, changing batteries in effects units (not your basic Boss pedal, this one), playing the drums for other people in lieu of devoting even five minutes to assembling my kit in my own house... and further excuses.

Last time I got to the venue really, really early. Good and bad. I was bored and anxious, but I was totally sorted by the time the others got there. This time, I had less than an hour before the rest of the players arrived, and I hadn't set up the recording, been through my notemaps or chosen any of the patches. No good. One problem here is that if I'm busy burying my fingers in my gear, I can't exchange calming chit-chit with other such players as might be very slightly uneasy with what they're about to do, namely wing an entire gig. Not fair, considering it was me that asked them to do it.

Anyway that's enough about the others for a second, some overall things I learned from this gig are

Two things I'm noticing about our venue, Imbibe, are that not many people seem to have heard of it, but that when they get there, they go "hmmm, quite a nice venue, this." It is a good venue for what we're doing, but any place that doesn't have many people in it will work against you where you're trying play music. An audience tells you how well you're doing. No, they don't come over and tell you that one didn't really happen, did it guys, but you can tell fairly easily whether what you're doing is working. The more people there are, the easier it is.

It has long been understood that women find men more attractive if they see other women taking an interest. This is definitely the case with music. Sales charts and MySpace tell us that listeners attract more listeners. But it sure feels like a slightly different story with gigs, each one as hard as the last to promote, and it would be rash to look at your soaring site hits and conclude that everything will be OK, because it takes something truly special or alcoholic to wrench people away from the electromagnetic lure of the evening's television after another riveting day at the office. Spectators flock around road accident victims, but not obscure gigs. And while I'm happy to guarantee that no poor bugger will ever find themselves squished under an Improvizone gig, this would appear to act against increasing our audience. It remains a struggle for the time being to do so.

Anyway, back to this one... occasionally this gig rocked out a bit. This is almost inevitable when you have three electric guitarists, a bassplayer and a rock drummer. I don't mind. Although we say we're ambient/electronic oriented, those are guidelines more than railway lines. We won't lose power and crash if we stray slightly. So long as people come through the door and don't turn round and go straight back out again, I don't mind if we fall back on our rock influences. Or descend into rock influences, if you prefer to look at it that way.

The recordings were fine, and they had some really good music on them too, far too much to post before the next one (24 April). I've been able to listen through to just about the whole lot now. You'll notice from the schedule that we didn't stick to it. Fancy that. We make a schedule in case we need a schedule. Nobody goes to hospital if we don't follow it exactly. Here's a rundown of the recordings I have, in the order they arrived.

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