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Sunday 16 September 2018
Concert The Aristocrats (o.v.b.), Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer
|Genre||Electronic / Synth / New Age|
|Omschrijving||Synth supergroup Node doesn’t do things by halves. So
when they decided to perform a rare concert in London
in 2015 they chose, none other, than the auspicious
Royal College of Music. It’s almost certain that
these hallowed halls have never seen such an
assemblage of vintage and modular synthesizer gear
before. Although this could be said, most likely,
about anywhere else one could imagine.
The four members of Node – maverick producer and
sonic legend Flood, renowned producer and composer Ed
Buller, classically trained Doctor of Music Dave
Bessell and Hollywood film composer Mel Wesson – not
only have a vast arsenal of synth gear to draw upon,
but they also truly know how to use it in a live
performance. Indeed this is no mean task as, without
the safety net of any backing tracks, all those
myriad knobs, dials and switches have to be manually
tuned and set up – a task that took the intrepid
quartet plus their road crew a full day to complete.
Why bother in this world of computers and plugins?
Well simply because they can! This is a performance –
a unique event never to be repeated again. It is a
show where the physical presence of all that ancient,
creaking analogue equipment is as much part of the
performance as the music itself. Then, of course,
there is the sound these instruments make – a huge
pulsating wall of analogue warmth that can rise from
a delicate whisper to a mind-numbing crescendo of
noise – all at the whim of the performers.
“Node Live” includes edits of four tracks from the
concert as well as a bonus piece from the rehearsals.
This release is a limited edition run of 2,000
copies. It comes in a beautiful fold out digipak
featuring a stunning widescreen live group photo and
a photographic booklet. This is a must for lovers of
Berlin School inspired sequencer music.
- Dave Bessell – guitar and modulars
- Ed Buller – sequencing and modulars
- Flood – Basso Profundo and modulars
- Mel Wesson – VCS3, PPG and modulars