[Nagnagnag] Chris Watson last night

Dominic Tracey domtracey at blueyonder.co.uk
Sat Mar 22 15:42:13 EST 2003

Yes I was there. I really enjoyed going to Sheffield last night, I had a 
mild panic at around 7.35pm when I really wasn't sure where I was, and 
where to park the car!
Thankfully I made it in good time, the performance was great, of the two 
parts, part 2 'Ol-Olool-o' was my favourite, the visuals were less 
choppy, although some of the close up's of water in part 1 'The Lapaich' 
did look good. Sound wise things were great, its true about the noisy 
duck but that must have been the loudest bloody seagull in the world in 
the second film!


On Saturday, March 22, 2003, at 10:12 AM, mark at finnigan1.freeserve.co.uk 

> tim
> it would have been cool to meet up! sorry i missedyou i forgot my red
> carnation and copy of 'art o f the sixth sense' ! gad you enjoyed it. i 
> did
> nt have the bottle to speak with the man but my friend and collaborator
> martin lilleker did at the end . RHK had 'something else on ' my sources
> informed me.
> any one else see the performance?
> cheers
> mark f
> -----Original Message-----
> From: TIM LAWLESS <timlawless at hotmail.com>
> To: nagnagnag at hollyfeld.org <nagnagnag at hollyfeld.org>
> Date: 22 March 2003 09:33
> Subject: [Nagnagnag] Chris Watson last night
>> Greetings all, Like Mark, enjoyed the Watson live in the Showroom 
>> cinema
>> in Sheffield, top night. Huge vaults of naturalised sounds live and
>> direct from Kenya and Scotland, close your eyes and you could have been
>> literally there, Chris looked composed and focussed sat behind his 
>> Apple
>> Mac laptop, occasionally with his headphones on to orchestrate the
>> pieces, with Jon Wozencroft sat at the rear of the auditorium, looking
>> very pensive, directing the visuals.. extremely arty night really, 
>> there
>> were some Warp-type tunes and projected visuals in the front bar as I
>> arrived, and plenty of media intellectuals/students/professionals in
>> attendance. The highlight of my night, undoubtedly occurred just after 
>> 7,
>> as I was idly chatting on my mobile outside the front entrance, when a
>> familiar figure wandered past...indeed it was Mr Watson himself...I
>> braced myself and boldly extended a handshake, apologising for emerging
>> from the dark (or stepping into the dark?) as a complete stranger, and
>> chatted to the great man for about 5 minutes...explained my Cabs
>> obsession which seemed to break the conversational ice, Chris then 
>> talked
>> about the show with Jon Wozencroft, he also has some performances
>> upcoming at the ICA in April/May on the "Cut and Splice" festival
>> (details on the BBC's website, being covered by Radio 3 too), plus
>> mentioning it was cool to be back in Sheffield again but that he visits
>> RHK regularly. He also plays live in the USA and Sweden frequently. I
>> then tentatively asked as to whether Mr Kirk would be appearing,
>> apparently yes, and Chris would "introduce me to him", Watson had 
>> bought
>> tickets apparently for him, and after recovering from these 
>> convulsions,
>> I eagerly bade CW farewell, and returned to the bar, constantly 
>> scouring
>> the premises for any signs of combat jackets and pony tails..CW also
>> distributed a leaflet describing the "Weather Report" performance. 
>> Alas,
>> after 4 hours consistent searchin', no sign whatsoever of Kirky. Never
>> mind, Watson was superb, well worth a listening if you get the chance 
>> in
>> London, and a friendly chap to boot! My annoyance upon later leaving
>> Sheffield, that I had completely neglected to question CW on the
>> collaboration with RHK was tempered in the knowledge that I had at 
>> least
>> spoken to him! Sad, perhaps, but it completed a top night with Masai
>> warriors and antelopes, ducks and gulls, played at sonically 
>> devastating
>> levels... Hope I haven't bored you too much! Off to dig out Outside the
>> circle of fire......Tim
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