08 November 2017

more gear/swans

 

crim-related event of the day:
 
fedex delivered my third mellotron rack unit.
i need three of everything i use in performance: one set for gig use, 
one set for back-up, one for home use.  live, i use a weighted 
piano keyboard for acoustic-type sounds, a synth, a mellotron module,
and a cheap effects unit.  it adds up, but it’s the price of doing business.
things will break - it’s what things do.  and, you never want to be caught with 
your pants down on stage.  or in other places.  especially other places.
 
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i’m glad to see a mention of Swans on the DGM Forum page.  in my experience, 
Swans have more in common with KC than most bands i know and/or have
worked with.  as a matter of course, Michael Gira considers music a spiritual 
act and a vehicle for transformation, even though the methods might be seen as opposite.  
i would even say that Swans improvise more than KC (gauntlet anyone?). 
 
notable is a 1989 Swans gig i attended in Santa Clara, CA.  it’s one of the few
times i can say i had an objective experience at a music event.  
by ‘objective,' i mean a singular experience shared in specific detail by three other people.  
something like having the same dream at the same time.
only the opposite: we all awoke to something at the same time.
 
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