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Bohman Brothers Present, 7/3/07: Adam Bohman / Alan Wilkinson, and others

Posted March 9, 2007

Laptops

Back to the Bohman Brothers Present… at London’s Battersea Arts Centre.

Adam Bohman & Alan Wilkinson
Adam Bohman is a genius, scraping all sorts of mad funky sounds out of a table of found objects and constructed instruments composed of bent pieces of wire and the odd fork. He did a solo at the last BBP… I went to, but I liked it better here because I think he was being pushed more by the fiery influence of Alan Wilkinson on saxes (although that meant that there was none of Bohman’s great poetry and jokes). Wilkinson is great, just so loud and powerful. Bohman’s stuff was all miked up and amplified, so it was a perfect match; the guttural scraping, rasping sounds playing brilliantly against the honking lines of the sax. They played a relatively brisk single piece; Wilkinson wanted to play on, but Adam Bohman decided that they had to move onto the next act. However, later there was some sort of agreement that it sounded good enough to record (if so, it’d be excellent if I could hear some more…). I also bought the recently released Adam Bohman / Roger Smith Emanem CD Reality Fandango (which they were flogging on the front desk); I’ve currently only listened to the small 3-minute pieces, but it sounds pretty damn excellent so far…

Nicholas Christian, Tara Stuckey, Sebastian Lexer
This was actually the first group up: Nicholas Christian on (tabletop-ish) bass guitar; Tara Stuckey, clarinet, and Sebastian Lexer on piano. It was good but very minimal… And I don’t get the minimal all that much. Actually, that’s not true, it was great but… um, went on a bit too long, I thought. If it was a bit shorter I’d probably have thought it was brilliant but with these kind of things I need a bit of a pulse every now and then, else I drift off… Sorry!

Ry-om
(See photo: Ry-om setup) Last up: some great laptop/guitar based electronic improv from this duo of Ryo Ikeshiro and Tom Shelton. I don’t normally listen to much of this heavy electronic stuff (it doesn’t normally appear live in any of the places I, ahem, ‘frequent’), but I love it because the textures and the sounds can go so deep and complex. If I was writing for The Wire (!), one of my Epiphanies would be checking out the dense sound textures on some of Jean Michel Jarre’s best tracks (although that’s slightly embarrasing, and I’ll never mention that name again). I still don’t understand how it’s all put together; how spontaneous and improvised is the laptop, actually? In any case, that’s not important because it sounds fantastic.

Best of all they have a nice website with free mp3’s. You can also send off and get their CD for just two-quid!

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