irr. public performance #5
The Elbo Room, San Francisco, 2005-Jan-07
released April 11, 2011
Towards the end of 2004, Cup & Dustin from I Am Spoonbender approached me (much to my surprise) about having irr. app. (ext.) involved in one of their 1.1.1 performances. They were planning on booking a small show in San Francisco and we were signed up as the opening act. We've remained friends since, so I don't believe they had too much cause to regret it.
I think the show works relatively well as an audio document (albeit a completely incomprehensible one), but as a live performance in front of a club audience it is probably a textbook example of how not to do things. Starting things off with R K Faulhaber's spellbinding introduction was good, but from there on my judgment went awry. So, 'How Not to Do a Club Performance 101':
1. Launch things off with some gentle snoring, just to make sure the kids are hoppin' straight out of the gate.
2. In case the snoring starts to lose the crowd, throw in a barrage of shrill, squeaky noises to make sure they're still in thrall.
3. Now, in order to really set the dance floor on fire, have a pre-recorded voice tell them a story. The story doesn't have to make sense, but it should be narrated by a sexy female voice (say, for example, Diana Rogerson's).
4. Time to cut loose: drone, drone, drone like a motherfucker on a mission!
5. Go for the whole works now: buzzing, humming, incomprehensible voices and (naturally) more squeaking. Stop every once in a while and hit things in unison (more or less).
6. For the finale, let the crowd chill out with the tasty tones of some al dente guitar noodles. Throw out a damn death dedication. Now get comfortable: the applause will last for days.
A couple small snippets from this show (the introduction and some of part two) were integrated into the album 'Aspiring To An Empty Gesture, Vol. 1', but the bulk of it has never been made public before. A very prominent electrical buzz had prevented most of the recording from being usable, but now, thanks to the miracle of digital technology, that fault has been (mostly) corrected.
Recorded live at the Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA on 2005-January-07.
For this event, irr. app. (ext.) was:
M. S. Waldron, Greg Scharpen, John Scharpen, R K Faulhaber
Preliminary mastering done at the Felton Empire Studio in Felton, CA in 2008. Final scrub & polish at Rock Creek Tributary, Hillsboro, OR in March 2011.
Photos taken by Jim Haynes (I'm reasonably sure, anyhow). Graphic treatment by M. S. Waldron.
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