Friday 17th AugustAugust 18, 2012
Well its approaching 2AM and Julie and I have only just got in from a long night in London attending the John Cage celebration Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert was actually very good indeed, some parts very strong, others not so much, but on the whole a very enjoyable and impressive evening. Particularly impressive was the way the event made such good use of the distinctive structure of the hall, which is almost perfectly round with a series of boxes rising way up high all around. Various musicians made good use of these little boxes throughout the evening, way away from the stage, so creating a strong spatial feel to the event, with the final realisation of Branches sounding like being caught in the middle of a massive Lee Patterson fried egg recording.
On the way home I was somewhat ill, and continue to feel pretty unwell right now as I type, so I am not going to go straight to bed. I may write a few paragraphs on the experience tomorrow, but will refrain from a review as such here because I am writing up the event for The Wire. To the many people I passed in corridors tonight and only had the chance to wave or say hi while moving, it was good to see you. To those that were there and I didn’t even spot you, well its great to have been a part of such a huge gathering.