Son of Science @ Republika

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This 3rd performance of Son of Science was well received – beyond my wildest expectations! People hit the dance floor from the moment we started. I’d never expected dancing, but there you go. People gave us a lot of encouragement, asking who we were, where are we playing next and so on…


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John and Steve at sound check… it was Steve’s birthday. He’d arrived straight from a party and was most jovial… and he pulled sounds from his SH-101 I’ve not managed to coax from mine! The lines he added to the start of “Space Radio”, the piece we opened with, took me by suprise – had no idea he could play like that! I immediatly took to thrashing out some chords on the organ…

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That’s me scurrying past the video projector, a most excellent piece of equipment provided courtesy of Crumpler. A friend of ours, Jason, fastened the screen, made from a material similar to lycra, onto the rear wall of the venue.

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Bag’s opened the evening… and kind of jammed with us by tweaking the front-of house desk, twisting the eq in and out at appropriate moments in our fastest piece, “Testcube”.

When my laptop crashed it was a blessing to have Bags there to immediatly throw a track on and maintain the pace.

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I was amazed at how understanding the audience were… and Grant, our technical director – here he is as I’m rebooting offering to find a Mac to replace my ailing laptop! Not sure if I’d take such a leap just yet. One of each would be sweet :^)

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We must’ve been performing “Citidel” as we’re all taking cues from the projection. The Unreal Tournament Game Engine that John’s using is fast becoming a rendering engine and the results are stunning.

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Mark Tallon pulled a magnificent vocal on “Border Song”… cheers were to be heard. It’s the only vocal track in the set, but I’m working on another most likely from Auslaender und Staatenlose (a spoken word opera I’ve been working on for some years now) where Border Song originated.

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I was pretty excited… and so too Steve… is he smiling?

The music was so much more energetic than previous gigs… we’re racing up some mountain and the tip ain’t yet been reached!

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Hard to see from this image, but the quality of the video projection was superb and we were often drawn to it.

Here’s a 640×480 view of the above photo.

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Namshub of Enki at the near start of his two hour set of fat-arse bass and irony!

Photos: Justina Curtis, Andrew Garton

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