Callisto – Hampshire Jam ’09

david and neil 1Well, it came around pretty quickly after a long and busy year for Dave Massey and me, culminating in a several last minute panics when new Callisto on stage member Neil Fellowes was poorly and forced to miss the planned final rehearsals prior to the gig. Then on the day, during set up, I somehow managed to damage cruciate knee ligaments and was forced to play the entire gig seated and in considerable pain. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the event and not playing was never an option. Neil enjoyed himself too on his first Callisto outing and the new look live line-up means there is a good chance of future Callisto performances.

This years Hampshire Jam was coordinated by Ian Boddy (Din) and Dave Law (SMD), and was a thoroughly professional and highly enjoyable event for all concerned if the initial reaction is anything to go by – one big electronic music party with a high quality line up producing varied high quality electronic music from traditional Berlin school to avante garde style electronica. All those concerned with its planning and organization on the day deserve full praise for a job well done.

I didn’t watch any of the other acts, no disrespect to them, but in my experience artists try to keep their head clear for their own performance. However, sitting chatting to other musicians in the dressing room during the day, we could hear the on stage acts quite clearly and it all sounded really great. It was also nice to chat to fans as well before our set, but sorry I wasn’t able to socialize afterward due to the knee problem.

Our set for Hampshire Jam was based on music from the long overdue album NYX, and we decided to use several laptops to trigger sequences from Moog, ARP2600, Jupitor 6, Predator and Albino. Rhythms were from Stylus RMX plus some live toms via Alesis DM5 and then additional laptops ran softsynths that were being used for live playing of pads and leads, ie Omnispheres, Albino, ARP, Moog and Minimoog. Various controllers, Roland JP8000, Karma and MS20 completed the physical keyboards used.

We played extended versions of two tracks; “The lighter Side of Gravity” and “The Darkness of Night” and generally we were pleased with the performance. There are often some technical problems, (concerts wouldn’t be the same without ’em), but mix levels aside, a few bum notes and a slightly ‘off ‘middle section that needs editing before release, the performance was okay and we will be releasing the concert performance through musiczeit, hopefully before Christmas. Check out this youtube for a glimpse of what went on –

Thanks to the audience for such a great reaction to the music. We’re working hard to finish the studio album “Nyx” for Christmas release, so hopefully the live Hampshire Jam performance will be a taster of what is to come and a good companion to Nyx! Watch this space………….

~ by admusic on November 3, 2009.

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