The one about the two Irishmen, a Swissman and a hotdog…

December 18, 2006

So tonight after a long day at work I am pleased to be able to just relax at home after three days of charging backwards and forwards to London for the LMC’s 15th Annual Festival. As with all festivals it had its musical high and low points for me, but overall despite the exceptionally aggravating venue I had a really great time, many thanks to Ben Drew for putting so much hard work and effort into making it happen.

A full review will appear at Paris Transatlantic in the New Year, so not too much detail now, but here are some of my highs and lows of the weekend:


Otomo Yoshihide’s Anode group, and in particular the sublime quiet set on Friday.
Tomas Korber’s solo, despite the fact he had been very unwell all day. lesson: don’t buy hot dogs from London street traders…
The Fluxus extravaganza by Keith Rowe, Ben Patterson and his son Lee. Perhaps not the greatest set I’ve ever heard musically, but rivetting, hilarious and thought provoking all the same, with a rather lovely and somewhat stormy couple of pages from Treatise buried in the middle.
Meeting up and spending time with David and Paul from Dublin and Alfio from Sicily, plus good to say hi again to Keith, Tomas, Tisha and one or two others that had flown in just to come and listen.
Being sat behind Bernard Parmegiani and his wife during the Texturizer audio/video set watching their responses… as Parmegiani forced his fingers hard into his ears his wife clamped her hand over her eyes… between the two of them I don’t think they liked it much!


Being disappointed by Olivia Block live, perhaps just a simple playback of her work would have been better.
The missed opportunity of the Tim Barnes / Ishikawa Ko set that really didn’t ever come alight but really should have been great…
Rhodri Davies’ baseball cap…
Not meeting up with Luka Z of l’innomable… either he never made it over from Slovenia or he came over and couldn’t get in. Either way a shame.
£3 for a bottle of Becks.

Looking forward to next year already!

CDs picked up over the weekend, including a trip to Sound323 and a parcel of stuff landing on my doormat today:

Taku Sugimoto – Live in Kansai (Slub)
Rhodri Davies, Ko Ishikawa – compositions for harp and sho (Compositions by Sugimoto, Masahiko Okura, Antoine Beuger and Toshiya Tsunoda) (Hibari)
Manfred Werder – Ein(e) ausfehrende(r) seiten 218-226 (Wandelweiser)
Chris Watson, BJ Nilsen- Storm (Touch)
No Spaghetti Edition – Sketches of a fusion (Sofa)
Bernhard Günter, Heribert Friedl – Trans (Non Visual Objects)
Makiko Nishikaze – Aqua . Piano . Aerial (Wandelweiser)
Richard Chartier – Current (Room40)
Kenneth Kirschener – Three Compositions (Sirr)
Anthony Burr, Charles Curtis – Alvin Lucier (Antopic/Sigma)
Horatiu Radelescu – Intimate Rituals (SubRosa)
Xavier Charles, Robert Piotrowicz – /// (EMD Records)
Keiichiro Shibuya, Maria – Slipped Disk (ATAK)
Yuji Takahashi, Keiichiro Shibuya, Maria – Dub Lilac (ATAK)
Keiichiro Shibuya, Norbert Moslang, Toshimaru Nakamura – s/t (ATAK)

Comments (6)

  • Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 6:35 am

    share yr lows at beer prices (original Bud 3 pounds fifty- in Slovenia you would get three bears for that price (that’s why we have a lot of british drinking tourism nowadays). The list of cds you have purchased is great- some of them were on my list but coudn’t get to Mark’s place and he didn’t come to the shows. I ma paticulary curious about Werder’s cd. Recently i did an two hour special on Wandelweiser Group and after it Antoine Beuger (now heading things there) wrote me a mail that he felt a sense of frienship in the show even if he didn’t understand anything i was saying. I also share you dislike w the ICA and their rigidity. i found some pictures of you on the net and damn i saw you and you were the guy walking in front of me on sunday w Al and some other guys …

  • Gerardo

    December 21, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    Hey Richard! Found the link to this in Brian O.’s blog; I’m putting a link in mine too. Very envious about the fest. So what was Rhodri’s cap like? And laughed a lot about the marmite reference in your profile. 😀

  • Richard Pinnell

    December 21, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    Sorry guys, your posts have only just appeared here as they were waiting for me to ‘moderate’ them apparently. Well never being one for moderation as a rule I’ve turned that setting off so your posts should appear straight away in future alongside the usual adverts for Viagara etc…

    Luka, its a shame I missed you, hope we can put that right this year. I’d love to hear that Wandelweiser show, as you know I am a big fan. Any way you have a recording? The brief listen to the Werder I’ve managed so far was an extreme experience… suffice to say it is very very quiet and requires either some close listening at high volume or (as most probably intended) a 4’33” style experience of some kind.

    And Hi Gerardo, where can I find your blog? Thanks for the link.
    Rhodri Davies has very little hair, and it was very cold in London last weeknd. So he wore a navy blue baseball cap. My only comment is that he would be better off growing some hair… 😀

    The marmite comment is no laughing matter. It bugs me when people do not take the Black Nectar sufficiently serious enough you know…


  • Richard Pinnell

    December 21, 2006 at 6:18 pm

    oh and Luka, three bears for £3.50? That sort of trading of endangered species is illegal in this country! :)

  • Gerardo

    December 22, 2006 at 12:15 am

    I was just going to say that about Luka’s bears. Or something to that effect.

    Hmmm the black nectar… Well I guess I should try it before I make an opinion. Would you trade some for guacamole? Or home made refried beans?

    My blog is here: (but if you click on my name at the top of my comments, it will take you to my profile page and there below is a link to my blog. Also, in your blog settings page you can activate the word verification option for comments, to keep the Viagra ads away). The blog’s all in Spanish though.


  • Alastair

    December 22, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    Rhodri’s cap wasn’t actually a baseball cap, Richard. It was peaked, but it was of a slightly more military, possibly fascist military, cut. Say what you like about the fascists, they had lovely uniforms. As Prince Harry will tell you.

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