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hollow moon rings like bell, bell summons gods

February 18th, 2016 by David Kronemyer · No Comments

Went to a concert last night by Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain of monome at the Machine Project in Silver Lake, an intimate performance venue. Probably a couple dozen audients in attendance. Brian worked an assortment of monome electronics and sang (briefly); Kelli played ukulele, sang, and also played electronics. Kelli is a ceramicist, and several of her balls-with-bells-inside were distributed for audience participation at irregular intervals. There were some interesting video projections. The music was charming and absorbing, for me the approach that worked best was simply to abandon yourself to it, letting it carry you along. Monome now is well-known for its futuristic, minimalistic electronics, and recently has started venturing into Eurorack land. This is a promising direction; Eurorack now seems to be the format of choice for innovative modular devices. I spoke briefly with Brian after the show. He mentioned that his interest in electronics design grew out of his earlier experiences as a performer. “You have to create the devices to realize the sounds you have inside of your head,” I observed – having long been resident inside of that particular logic loop. We have some of their gear, though of course we can’t operate it with their proficiency; seeing them do so was inspirational, and a call to action to get everything up and running. It also was nice to meet them in person, I wish that more manufacturers had an interest in performing music as well as the electronics of it, as they’re the best advertisement for their own products.