Village Underground – 20 November 2018

Johanna Bramli

I’d never heard of 65daysofstatic until my mate Mudge had messaged me to say he’d bought me a ticket. They were doing some sort of multimedia performance where the music was generated via algorithms or some such computer generations.

This was going to be a night of laptop music.

Now, it’s not that I’m against laptop music, I’ve frequented quite a few gigs like Plaid, Flying Lotus and Autechre, but let’s face it, it’s not much of a spectacle and with a venue like the Village Underground, there’s nowhere to escape if the music’s not doing it for you and you want to have a conversation.

That pretty much summed up this gig. All the artists including opener Johanna Bramli stared at their screens, a sold out room full of fans tried to appear interested, many fidgeting and I watched a number of disgruntled partners tugging at the sleeves of their lovers and then leaving early.

I don’t like leaving any performance early, even when it’s snowing and Palace are losing 4-0 to Birmingham, but on this evening I’d given it my all. I tried to get into it, I tried to like the somewhat ordinary graphics, but I was waiting for something to happen which never really came. If I was comfortably seated in the Barbican watching this it might have been a different story.

Like the catch up I had with Mudge on the sofa of citizenM hotel bar after we left. That was worth the admission alone.




By Mr Bootle

User experience and interaction designer with interests in strategy, agile, lean, research and learning. A music obsessive, rock climber and capoeirista who loves test match cricket and watching his beloved Crystal Palace.

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