I got sick, I am legally staying at home for another week. Since my fever is low now, I returned to cooking hot patches and composing bits and pieces.
Knowing till when the sick-leave is, I made some arrangements. This is the best workflow - you count days till sick leave is over, then plan maximum a piece a day, per every 3-4 days, then a 1-2 day break to reset. After few days, you just wake up, peel a sound of a raw sawtooth wave, PCM and with fresh LFO & filter combination, with such a ready sound-palette - you just go for it. Nothing to add, nothing to take away. Without preparations, pure improvisation, to see, where the sounds you just created, will and are capable to take you.
8th July 2017 - Powszechny Theater in Warsaw
I have been playing a deep & dub techno live act in the foyer of Powszechny Theater in Warsaw. The act was set in a "garden" which was constructed from plants in pots (it is on the other side, then the photo was taken, unfortunately). While playing, I was focusing on the experience the garden immediately imposed on me - the experience of natural beauty there, trapped the music into a different level of perception. It generally does. Natural beauty is in European philosophy and culture - the highest esteem, nature is the beauty itself. In music composition, the set of similar classical instruments has been in our history for hundreds of years now and they made it to the point in which we call them natural. Electricity has not been for that long and sounds created with it are yet not considered to be natural, even though electricity is as natural as water, flowers... all around us.
It is not possible to understand the beauty of electronic music as art without understanding natural beauty. If you think about what natural beauty is, then think for example about a bird song. Natural sounds are naive, simple. We do not often notice how bound up are the natural sounds of nature with unnatural sounds of synthesizers. Nature's beauty is hidden in its appearance, in images, it is not an object of an action. Birds do not play melodies as we know from mass media, but listening to a bird song is an essential experience of natural beauty. At the same time, it is something ambiguous. It is found by everybody as beautiful, yet something is wrong - because it is not a song, it's an organized chaos. These sounds are placed by a spell and we experience them only then as beauty. When you notice it, the satisfaction from experience of nature is gone with it. Because art is complicated and difficult, while nature is natural.
Music is not reserved for elitist listeners, to people who understand a secret language, but it is open to everybody, who understands the primordial world of animals, of nature. The truth about music is often found in exaggeration.
I managed to make 5 out of 7 people dance :) I had my set scheduled from 23:00 to 0:45 in an afterparty club, so it was quite obvious the dance floor will be empty, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
I am really not afraid to play to an empty room at all, as the fun and tension of improvisations are far more worth focusing on, rather than fighting with doubts.
Thanks to Zorzano for invitation, DJ Bellu for support and Metronom's staff for help.
And here it goes, I have been invited by my Mexican friend in Warsaw to play a live act on Friday night in an underground Metronom club.
The best way to visit clubs is to have a purpose other than letting it go at the bar or on the dancefloor. By playing there, I will visit this club inside and out that way. That photo is from the web, looks kind of nice, but that place is considered an underground club, so I do not expect it to be neat and tidy at all.
The thing that worries me, is that my other synthesizers are still being fixed. I have been waiting for parts from USA and Japan for more than a month now. Without it, I will have to go minim'a la'acid techno. Playing warm pads on a monophonic Arturia Minibrute or TB-3 is not an easy task. Especially during a live act.
My first impro after settling down in my new home. I have now only three mono sound sources - bass, drum and classic analogue, all single voiced synthesizers.
PS: I am longing to have my Juno or other synths back with me.