[Zombies] MBM in London
topher at france-techno.fr
Sat Oct 1 15:31:35 EDT 2005
I discovered Satyricon when it came out and never had the chance to
catch them live since... so you can imagine how excited I was to be at
Cargo last night.
The event started later than expected but was well worth the wait. Of
course, this is London, so there's nothing unusual in seeing someone as
famous as the Orb's Alex Paterson discretely deejaying to warm people
up with dub and other electro beats on the side near the stage...
Then came the Mellowtrons (actually just one guy)... and the least I
can say is that I thought his live set was anything but impressive...
Only lasted half an hour... until Alex Paterson got back on the decks
to play... some clubby electro-house stuff !... (not only though) -
quite a suprising choice coming from him but nothing phases Londoners
He shortened his set to stick with the schedule and MBM came on stage.
The opening track was "I Am Electro" projecting on 2 large screens the
original footage the robot samples were taken from. The volume was
suddenly cranked up 2 or 3 times louder than what we could hear during
Alex Paterson's set.
Numbers that followed in no particular order were God OD, Edge Of No
Control (Part 1), Prime Audio Soup, Radio Babylon, It's The Music,
Hello Teenage America, but the one that really drove people wild the
most was undoubtedly Helter Skelter. Very faithful to its original
uncut full-length form.
After a solid hour (maybe more) of Meat Beat stuff, the duo played Ben
Stokes' DHS "House Of God" before getting into Tino stuff and
occasional MBM tracks.
The whole time, the craziest footage was being projected on the
screens. Excerpts from many films including A Clockwork Orange,
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, The Fugitive, Scanners, Vertigo, and
countless others, but mainly B-movies, documentaries, excerpts from TV
news, etc... all controlled in real-time to match the beats, and often
using the original excerpt's sound as a sample - which enabled us to
*watch* the original sources for many famous MBM samples... very very
Their set was planned for 2 hours and although I didn't really keep
track of time - it did feel like they stuck to it. Some of the tracks
were definitely designed to put us in a trippy state... quite
repetitive with a lot of recurring sounds, highly reinforced by the
To put it plainly: a real treat. :)
I managed to shoot some very short film sequences with my camera, and
the sound is highly saturated making the songs unfortunately barely
recognizable - but you can see very well what it was like...
So if somebody can host 60mb of mpg files for all to see, just get in
touch with me !
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