Archive for January, 2010

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 10!!!

January 17, 2010

SATURDAY 16 JANUARY

Not really that hungover… well, maybe a little…

But a trip to the Salamanca Markets and a delicious spinach and cheese pie will fix the wounds!!!

And give us energy to rehearse our dance moves (yes dance moves, synchronised ones…)

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And so here were are… the big one… and our backstage tent.

Edge Of Colour backstage tent

Bit nervous now. Better capture the moment.

Michelle Xen Backstage...

And how it did ROCK!!!

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen and John Teh

Some serious concentration on some serious video mixing is going down here…

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen and Svenja Kratz

The rehearsals were worth it…!!!

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen and John Teh

Svenja’s visuals were exquisite.

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen and John Teh

One does not need dance training to get loose:

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen

My favourite shots:

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen

Edge Of Colour at MOFO  John Teh

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen

Edge Of Colour at MOFO Michelle Xen

Svenja chills out post show…

The after party…. I think it could be called the pinot noir party… Ahhh Tasmanian wine…

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 9

January 15, 2010

FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

So we had a fabulous day off today and packed in fun times…Starting with oysters and riesling! There were cranky punters who missed out on this goodness… Our VJ Svenja Kratz was not one of them…

They were serious about this business… we had to take notes!

But worth it…

And so in preparation for Saturday night’s performance we decided it was war… with the beanbags… Many time during the festival I enjoyed their comfortable lure, finding myself foregoing the pleasures of the dancefloor lest I lose my pink pillow. So Svenja decided she was going to make animation helping the beanbag move way to a pumping dancefloor… Clear a space for the dance peeps!  Or else this could happen to you…

Luckily the white wall of the Christian Boltanski installation provided the perfect backdrop for Svenja’s demonstration of how to move beyond the lure of the giant pink pillow!

So Friday night featured the amazing performance of Cat Hope…Wolf at Harp… Hope composed a visual score interpreted by four drummer/percussionists… Amazing…

John has already been pulled into the luscious form of the pink beanbag… beware!!!

Unfortunately, upon recommendations from both band members, Svenja stuffed tissue into her ears to reduce cochlea damage.  There was a slight misunderstanding about the appropriate size of how big one should fashion a tissue (clean!!!) earplug, resulting in a tissue ball getting lodged in her ear canal and subsequently putting her in a very bad mood for 15 minutes until Michelle managed to rescue the tissue and restore Svenja’s good mood.

The night was a bit of a bean bag bliss out…

Next up we watched the amazing Decoder Ring in all their serious gloriousness…

And of course followed it up with more amazing Tasmanian Pinot Noir…

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 8

January 14, 2010

THURSDAY 14 JANUARY

So today we have our first performance at the MOFO Festival!

The PW1 Space certainly looks a treat lit up in the evening time…

PW1 Performance Space

Back stage… we shared an tent! Well, changeroom with those wacky madmen the Cumbia Cosmonauts. Fun times.

It was a cabaret thing for Michelle Xen… incognito.

Chillaxing post-show in the bean bag area…

Edge of Colour post-show… WIRED on post-show excitement.

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 7

January 13, 2010

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY

So we’re back at the festival today and very pleased to participate in this glorious program.

MONA FOMA

MONA FOMA

MONA FOMA

And the night is lit up with the lights of the MONA FOMA….

MONA FOMA

We were lucky enough to grab a place for the viewing of John Cale’s recent work, Dyddiau Du/Dark Days,

Next up were the Cumbia Cosmonauts… These guys turned out to be freaking loose cowboys playing a live Latin American mash-up and So. Much. Fun… Their dedicated VJ amped their antics and energy with a sampled mash-up from NASA to beasts in the forest.  The leader of the act lured the MOFO’s off their beanbags, encouraging a dancefloor to the percussive chorus of the band with their toothbrushes in action…

MONA FOMA

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 6

January 12, 2010

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY

Rehearsal time… Spent today rehearsing the set/s for this week.

Rather than details of a day of fine tuning I’ll merely post you a new track for your listening pleasure!

We are ready to return to MOFO….

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 5

January 11, 2010

MONDAY 11 JANUARY

So all day spent fine-tuning the set…. I have a little tidbit, sneaky peek of a new track sans vox….

The track is called Dub Trip.  We are certainly looking forward to playing it for you all on Thursday and Saturday.

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 4

January 10, 2010

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

So a quiet day in blogland which could translate to super boring writing… I’m tempted at this point to direct you to more interesting blog at this point… So I will...

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/01/30/39-apple-products/

Hahahahahaha. So if you have diverted to the above blog: Yes, I buy Apple, can’t stand iTunes, love my iPhone reluctantly, and have a MacBook Pro… Yes I can laugh at myself…

So if you have returned to read I have a post of appreciation to the guy who taught me about the finesse of the EQ DJ mix.  We are currently staying with him in the house of music… Also, a house-music aficionado, I watched patiently all those years ago and learnt how to mix a track in with subtle wickedness… Good mids with a little high end… slowly building and building until the phrasing is right to fade the bass and drop the new track!

Ah memory lane…

WICKED SETUP

I have always been inspired to re-sort my records after a visit…