A few photos and thoughts from last Friday’s Reconnaissance Fly performance at Studio 1510 in Oakland.
I knew that Studio 1510 had a great acoustic piano, which I wanted to take advantage of particularly for our piece Emir Scamp Budge which features an extended jazz piano solo. But it turns that they also now have an actual Rhodes Stage Piano Mark II. I could pass up the opportunity to appropriate it for our set. Here is the Rhodes with the E-MU Proteus 2000 and Korg Kaos pad conveniently perched on top:
Together with the acoustic piano and MIDI keyboard for a rather massive keyboard setup:
Click the above picture to enlarge it and spot the cat!
Here we are getting ready to play the first note of our opening piece “Small Chinese Gong”.
[Photo by Tom Djll.]
The set went well from that point. I have not yet heard the recording, but I thought the first piece, as well as “One Should Never” (which was about as tight as I have heard us play it), “Ode to Steengo” – with the interplay of the text, the Kaos Pad, odd drum beats and Tim’s live electronic processing – and “Emir Scamp Budge” went particularly well.
Matt Davignon opened for us with a solo set featuring a live performance on drum machine and effects processors.
This was nominally a performance marking the release of his new CD Living Things, although none of the pieces in the performance were actually from the CD. But that was OK. I particularly remember the last piece in the set for a variety of reasons, including but limited to the subtle effects in the music.
Thanks to Scott Looney and Studio 1510 for hosting us!