I know I told Rosko about meeting him and getting his autograph but forgot to mention that in here. He was leaving the exhibit as we came in there, between M83 and Passion Pit. He barely made eye contact and didn't really say a single thing to address us but hey we got his autograph!
I thought 77 Million Paintings was pretty cool but seemed maybe geared for psychedelics or something. I thought it was crazy how no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't really pinpoint any single change that was occurring since it was all moving so slow. Before I knew it, it was just something else. Pretty neat.
Dude, that is so awesome. Also, I have a friend who was in the 2nd row of TWA for St. Vincent and he swears that Brian Eno tried to get in the pit for St. Vincent but the dumbass security guards turned him down because they didn't know who he was :/
And that was the exact thing I noticed about the piece, Zapp. I was all like, "that flower and those squigglies weren't there a minute ago...were they?!" It was pretty cool how some other focal point in the art would divert your attention away from the art that was changing so you never actually SAW it undergo the change, it was just your logic telling you, "hey, that wasn't there a second ago." Pretty cool. I took a picture with my cell phone before someone politely asked me to put my phone away; I'll try to upload that on here later.
Unless that might get me into trouble and/or piss off Moog/AC/Eno? What are the rules on that with visual art like this? Better err on the side of caution.
I think we saw you at James Murphy, if you were with a young lady (blonde I think....), and another couple. We had on a duck and rooster mask, about 10 feet away if it was you. We were debating on whether or not to say hello. We are sure we embarrassed Zapp in front of his cutie, and didn't want to do it to another one of you.
Aw, you guys should've said hi, Amy and I would've loved it! That was almost definitely us, even though we were only at that set for maybe 5 minutes. Got there, enjoyed a song, got to shake Murphy's hand as he walked right by us to go talk to the soundboard guy in the middle of the set (!!!), dipped out to see Passion Pit.
Yeah, you guys left pretty quickly. We were waiting for our moment and you were gone like a ninja.
Funny how some random strangers you see in the crowd dozens of time throughout the weekend. I saw this same dude with dreads and a big nose like 10 times. Then, people you are actually hoping to see, you see for a split second or not at all.
Yeah, his talk was easily one of the highlights of the weekend for me. Especially when he essentially made the argument that porn was nearly as creative as what we consider to be "the arts," when he compared life to surfing in their need to balance surrender and control (which is a very interesting concept on its own, the surrender vs control dichotomy), and when he visually laid out that Terry Riley "In C" piece. He said several things through the course of the lecture that absolutely floored me, sometimes because they were utterly hilarious, sometimes because they were quite poetic and moving intellectually.
Post by summerteeth214 on Nov 1, 2011 23:41:06 GMT -5
I was actually disappointed with Tangerine Dream. I got there for about the last 45 minutes and when I arrived, they were riding some good, psychedelic, ambient waves. Then the music just turned to Mannheim Steamroller-style schlock. I couldn't walk away though. It was too weird. The lead guy, whatever his name is, looked like a witch doctor. The percussionist looked like a pixie. And the guitar solos were horribly cheesy. Alas, it was still interesting, just in a watching-a-train-wreck kind of way
Great fest but not the greatest. Asheville is absolutely amazing, I would go back there for sure for a visit anytime, great food, micro brews, cool surroundings, etc.
As far as the music went I would say the best sets of the weekend were Austra, M83, and Crystal Castles.
I would give honorable mentions to FlyLo and OneotrixPointNever.
Moby, Special Disco Version, Brandt/Brauer/Frick were decent.
Tangerine Dream was laughably terrible in its cheesiness.
Ghostland was a visual assault but offered no more than that. The same could be said about Amon Tobin, cool visuals with mediocre music (especially for him, though it picked up when he switched things up on his second set).
The half sets I saw of Flaming Lips and Antlers were good but didn't blow me away or make me wish I had stayed for all of it.
Post by problem dog on Nov 2, 2011 13:45:13 GMT -5
I'm getting bummed out reading this Tangerine Dream hate. Did you guys like them prior to seeing them at Moog? I thought they did a great job of incorporating a variety of the styles they've used in the band's 40+ year existence. I guess I can see how the new age-y stuff could sound a little cheesy, but I wouldn't say that dominated the set.
^ I'm not their biggest fan but I have an appreciation for Tangerine Dream's older stuff (the kind of minimal ambient stuff they were doing around the time of Logan's Run). I went because I wanted to see a legend act and was hoping they would lean on the very sparse ambient stuff. Their set just sounded like an extended jam from a bad Miami Vice episode.
The reason we have all these electronic acts you guys love so much is partly due to the work Tangerine Dream pioneered. Bob Moog went to Germany at the request of Edgar Frosese and set up their studio. Cheesy or not, they are true artists in my eyes.
Post by upliftingsound on Nov 2, 2011 15:05:39 GMT -5
I think Tangerine Dream has had people loving them and hating them for the last 40 years. Something about their sound or direction is polarizing. I realize what they play isn't exactly the cool sound by 2011 standards.
Personally I thought they had a really rich sound and put on a classy show. My expectations were exceeded. I knew it would be a show others didn't like though.
Post by problem dog on Nov 2, 2011 18:11:47 GMT -5
Fair enough. I guess if Tangerine Dream was universally adored, TWA wouldn't have been like 1/3 full when they finished. Sometimes fandom clouds my objectivity. But as a fan, I thought they were amazing.
I was there for 2 songs (only because Little Dragon cancelled) and I thought they sounded alright, but it was nothing so exciting that it compelled me to stay put. I went over to Holy quack, which ruled. IMO, Friday was the weakest night, though (which is a testament to how amazing this year's fest was, since Flying Lotus and Chromeo were both on Friday and both completely ruled).