I'm going to have to keep my report short, given that I have to focus soon on tonight's performance and the tour. So here are a few photos:
The above photo, which features Cypod performing, also gives a sense of the venue and how the audience works. The venue, “The Lab”, is an art gallery and performance space. The audience were clustered around stations where they could see the performers, but listen by plugging headphones into provided jacks.
Attendance was somewhat sparse, but people seemed interested. And the calm, sparser audience also worked with the venue, which had relatively minimalist media art on display, and plenty of empty space. All of which puts me very much at ease, it's part of why I like playing galleries.
Below, we see Bruce Bennet and Michael Zbyszynski performing:
And in the background is another friend no.e from Santa Cruz, who performed after me this year.
So here we are, all set up and ready, including the obligatory animals (cat and fish):
Unfortunately, someone seems to have gone wrong with the audio interface (E-MU 1616m) just as performance time approached – everything was still on, but not functioning, which I have seen happen occasionally with the E-MU interfaces and sadly means an embarrassing silence and reboot – fortunately I was able to recover by playing the evolver while rebooting, and I think the set came out OK in the end.
Unfrotunately, one of the casualties was being able to make a recording, so no podcast from yesterday :(.
But it was still and overall good experience, venue and people-wise, and thus worth the effort.
It might also be worth noting this was the first performance where I listed myself as “CatSynth” on the bill…