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SADU "LiVE at THE PiNG with General Chaos Visuals"
David Sloma directs an exclusive live performance from SADU taken from a set at THE AMBiENT PiNG in Toronto with lighting by General Chaos Visuals
Directed by David Sloma of Rockin' Films, "LiVE at THE PiNG with General Chaos Visuals" is an impressive DVD representation of a night at Toronto's AMBiENT PiNG performance event showcasing an exclusive live performance by SADU, featuring Eric Hopper of Sylken, Terrence O'Brien of Anomalous Disturbances and Jamie Todd of dreamSTATE and URM. The DVD also represents the first PiNG output from General Chaos Visuals' Steve Lindsey and Eric Siegerman, the brilliant lighting technicians who have helped to create such striking and unique visuals at so many PiNG events.
In keeping with the idea of creating community through mutual involvement in projects, it makes sense that this first DVD features such an illustrious collection of PiNG-related talents. SADU is in peak form for this performance, delivering some of the best work I've ever heard from them. Admittedly there are no song titles on the disc to distinguish between works, but throughout the six movements that I was able to identify, each member of the project brings an unmistakeable sound of their own to the music while also working together seamlessly as a group. Terrence O'Brien's guitar playing positively shines in this set, with the DVD displaying an economy of movement in his hands that seems incongruous with the complicated and wondrous sounds that come from his guitar. Eric Hopper performs on keyboards for this performance (as opposed to the guitar that he usually plays for his own solo performances as Sylken) and he displays all the same mastery and skill that I've come to expect from him, coaxing delicate and intricate chords out of the keys that seem to take on a life of their own as they float through the soundspace. Jamie Todd also puts in a fine performance, the DVD providing a live glimpse of his particularly physical playing technique where movement and motion are all used to trigger and manipulate sound patterns and waves (Jamie also deserves further mention for his very skillful sound engineering on the DVD, most apparent in the wonderful 5.1 mix available on this disc). It's an impressive array of talents to be sure, all working together to create some wonderful music that crosses a wide spectrum of improvisational electronic styles.
I'm not really very well versed in the art of cinematography, so I'm afraid that I'm rather limited in my abilities to speak to the cinematic quality of the disc. I can say however that director David Sloma has crafted a stunning vision of the PiNG with this disc, a wonderful and very professional looking live work with multiple angles and very slick editing. In keeping with the collaborative spirit of the PiNG, Sloma has also very cleverly edited in additional footage from General Chaos Visuals' brilliant lighting show which both highlights their unique visions and helps to create a fluid and engaging concert video experience. Certainly Sloma deserves recognition for his success in so effectively presenting a night at the PiNG.
There's no question in my mind that all involved with this disc deserve a big round of applause for their efforts to bring the PiNG to a wider audience through this live DVD. As somebody who has been at literally hundreds of PiNG nights, I fully recommend "LiVE at THE PiNG with General Chaos Visuals" as a wonderful document that captures the sights and sounds of the live PiNG experience. Whether you've been to a thousand PiNG shows or none, if you're a fan of live electronic improvisational work then you owe it to yourself to check out this impressive document.
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last updated 11/17/12