Friday, November 24, 2017

Recording: Gilliam-Milmine-Pottie

Artist: Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie

Songs: Improvisation + Creek Listening

Recorded at Array Space, October 18, 2017.

Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie - Improvisation

Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie - Creek Listening

A night of celebration for the Entangled Pathways album, this trio moved easily between through-composed and more loosely structured pieces as well as some guided duo improvisations and the "open" encounter leading off here. That's fitting as these three first connected through the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra. The night featured most of the album's pieces over two sets, ranging from stately textures to choppier sonic waters, with extended techniques from all three wending their way into the music.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Recording: Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Artist: Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Songs: unknown* + By This River (with Christine Roedelius)

Recorded at Monarch Tavern, October 17, 2017.

Hans-Joachim Roedelius - unknown

Hans-Joachim Roedelius with Christine Roedelius - By This River

This evening of ambient pop was conceived by Riparian Acoustics (Nick Storring's post-Ratio vehicle for show curation) and given logistical support by Burn Down the Capital and packed the Monarch Tavern with a fairly mixed crowd. As Hans-Joachim Roedelius settled in, one could see a mix of I-Saw-Him-Back-When types with younger heads now weaned on his work as a part of the electronic music canon. His continued technological forward-looking could be seen from his table of gear with multiple laptops and tablets but the main focus here was the grand piano he was seated at.

His piano work hinted at both sequencer patterns and Satie-esque calmness with occasional swells into lusher, rolling terrains — quite entrancing, even with a pause for some technical adjustments midway through. The set closed with Roedelius bringing his wife Christine onto the stage to join him on "By This River" (most famously known from Eno's Before and After Science, but the melody was composed by Roedelius while Eno was recording with Cluster), shifting the song from Eno's icy cold oceans and repositioned into a sweet parlour tune. Roedelius, who seemed very pleased with the warm crowd and the sounds of the opening bands, was in turn showered with affection from the audience, and the night ended with Roedelius offering a toast to the crowd.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Joseph Shabason

Artist: Joseph Shabason

Song: Neil McCauley

Recorded at Monarch Tavern, October 17, 2017.

Joseph Shabason - Neil McCauley

This evening of ambient pop was conceived by Riparian Acoustics (Nick Storring's post-Ratio vehicle for show curation) and given logistical support by Burn Down the Capital and packed the Monarch Tavern with a fairly mixed crowd. It was, in fact, at Ratio that I had seen this project in a nascent form. Now reverted back to Shabason's own name, that set a year ago, this set and the recordings on the wonderful Aytche album draw from an overlapping pool of musicians from Shabason's band DIANA and adjacent T.O. crews. On this night, the band was a true all-star unit featuring Joseph Shabason (sax, effects, keyb), Matt Smith (samples, keyb), Hugh Marsh (electric violin), Kieran Adams (percussion) and Bram Gielen (bass). As beautiful as the textures on the album are, it's even more impressive to hear it done live with the group offering studio lushness without sounding the least bit stiff or pre-programmed. The vibe that this piece aims at can be gleamed from the fact that it's named for Robert De Niro's character in Michael Mann's Heat. This live version stretches out with beautiful ambiance from March and Gielan before pulling in the rest of the players.

Recording: Xambuca

Artist: Xambuca

Songs: three unknown beatscapes*

Recorded at Monarch Tavern, October 17, 2017.

Xambuca - three unknown beatscapes

This evening of ambient pop was conceived by Riparian Acoustics (Nick Storring's post-Ratio vehicle for show curation) and given logistical support by Burn Down the Capital and packed the Monarch Tavern with a fairly mixed crowd. Perhaps the friskiest of the night's sets, these beatscape vignettes from Chandra Shukla (who usually performs alongside video artist Geo Lynx but was solo on this night) hinted at connections to the headliner's electronic experiments. From what I can gather, Shukla and Hans-Joachim Roedelius were performing collaborative sets on most nights of this tour, but it looks as if the availability of the grand piano in this room shifted things around, giving us this solo excursion.

* Does anyone know the titles to these bits? Please leave a comment!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Recording: Bill Nace & Twig Harper

Artist: Bill Nace & Twig Harper

Song: [last section]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), October 16, 2017.

Bill Nace & Twig Harper - [last section]

Bill Nace is probably best known above the underground for his work with Kim Gordon in Body/Head. This duo with Twig Harper (also of Nautical Almanac, rocking with an A-1 Warlock style vibe) dug deep into the subsonic magma and brought some rigourous walls of sound, pushing the Southern Cross' sound system to its limit. Nace's guitar work was very patient, with screwdriver manipulations giving way to meticulous string bowing. Harper, meanwhile, got on with some demon-summoning through treated vocalizations and twists of a homemade-looking synth box.

Recording: Not The Wind, Not The Flag

Artist: Not The Wind, Not The Flag

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), October 16, 2017.

Not The Wind, Not The Flag - [excerpt]

There are incremental differences to look for whenever Brandon Valdivia and Colin Fisher join together to play music, with different gear and different moods informing each other. This time 'round, Valdivia was a bit more restrained, gear-wise, forgoing his electronics to stay in a more traditional percussion zone. Fisher, meanwhile, had plenty of gear, and once again was layering and looping his sounds in fascinating ways. The mellow textures here build in a really subtle and elegant style — in fact, just after this extract ends the piece moves into a total shred-fest, but it gets there in a way that feels totally organic.

Recording: Dandy Dusted

Artist: Dandy Dusted

Song: [third section]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), October 16, 2017.

Dandy Dusted - [third section]

This new solo excursion from Jeremy Dennis (formerly of Tranz DéFoncé and other strange excursions) involved some esoteric stage rituals (many pages of notes plus several drinking vessels were all consulted) in an attempt to assimilate several musical ideas. Melding "a really, really crude effort at covering Keiji Haino's first record" with an attempt to "cover the movie Altered States", Dennis also threw in some Raw Fruit-style broken beats "just to ease the tension".

Monday, November 20, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #225

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

Darlene Shrugg [LP Release!] (New Fries / Miss World) / Smiling Buddha 2017-11-24 (Friday) [FB event]

There's a lot of achievements to celebrate this week, including seeing Jennifer Castle playing Massey Hall and the Weather Station dropping a new album to widespread acclaim at The Great Hall. Go to those, if you can still get tickets — but if you need some raw rock electrification in your system there's another option as well, with supergroup Darlene Shrugg (U.S. Girls + Tropics + Ice Cream) issuing their debut full-length Friday at the Buddha. Hard-riffin' rock boogaloo with some apocaplytic flourishes, there's a sense of spectacle inherent in pretty much everything this band does, so this release show should be a doozy.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Slow Man Tofu (Del Stephen & The Careful Mouths / Happy Baby) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2017-11-21 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Jo Snyder [November residency!] / Imperial Pub 2017-11-21 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Special Costello (Mas Aya) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-11-21 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Piano Party (feat. Allison Cameron) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-22 (Wednesday – early!) [cancelled!]

Spirit Of The Inner Child: Spontaneous Group Explorations (feat. David Parker/Del Stephen/Heraclitus Akimbo/Jeff Sinibaldi/Erik Kinsella) / Array Space 2017-11-22 (Wednesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Michael Rault (Blonde Elvis / Queen Of Swords) / Smiling Buddha 2017-11-22 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Aurochs with special guests Jeremy Strachan and Michael Davidson / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-22 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Andy Shauf (Jennifer Castle) / Massey Hall 2017-11-23 (Thursday) [more info]

Duchess Says (Yamantaka//Sonic Titan) / The Garrison 2017-11-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

Several Futures (Not Of / Spoils) / The Baby G 2017-11-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

Planet of the Loops (feat. Andrew Aldridge/cheryl o/Dustin Good/James Bailey) / Roland Inspiration Centre 2017-11-23 (Thursday – free!) [FB event]

C.R. Gillespie [Séance Works Heretical Objects Cooperative tape release] (ZONES) / Less Bar 2017-11-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

Garbageface (Cold Eye / Cetacea) / Belljar Café 2017-11-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

The Nilan Perera Ensemble [Kayla Milmine/Wes Neal/Rick Sacks/Nilan Perera] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

Bellwether 4 / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-24 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-24 (Friday) [FB event]

The Weather Station [album release show!] (Bernice) / The Great Hall 2017-11-24 (Friday) [FB event]

MUZE ep.1 ["music & dance improvisation"] (feat. Pierre Mongeon's Transharmonic [Jocelyn Mah/Lonii Garnons/Bea Labikova/Kathryn Merriam/Ian de Souza/Raphael Roter/Pierre Mongeon]) / Array Space 2017-11-24 (Friday) [FB event]

The Hub Pre-Launch Party [fundraiser for new Distillery District all-ages venue!] (feat. Sea Beau / HEX / John Ross / Tequila Nosedive / Starshine / April Anderson-Jaciw / The Ants / Roach) / The Boat 2017-11-25 (Saturday – afternoon/evening show!) [FB event]

Wavelength 743 (feat. PONY / Luge / Bonnie Trash) / Bike Pirates 2017-11-25 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Tone Deaf Culture presents: T.O. GRIND #4 (Uncle Ray / Malaria / Beggin For Oxys / Excrement Binge / No) / Belljar Café 2017-11-25 (Saturday) [more info]

No Thing Composers Collective (works by Brian Abbott, Amy Brandon, Andy Dolgin, Heather Saumer, Paul Newman, Germaine Liu, and Manuel Morales performed by various ensembles) / Array Space 2017-11-25 (Saturday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Studio Dan) / Array Space 2017-11-26 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Gratitude Listening for Pauline Oliveros (feat. Doug Van Nort, Andrew Timar, Allison Cameron, Jerry Pergolesi, Wende Bartley, Kristian Podlacha, Johan Seaton, Penelope Cookson, Gayle Young, Tina Pearson and others) / Array Space 2017-11-28 (Tuesday – free!) [FB event]

Erath (Brigitte Bardon't & Sheryl Lee Scream / Natural Violence / AC) / Smiling Buddha (basement) 2017-11-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Brownies [Parmela Attariwala/Nilan Perera/Nicole Rampersaud/Rakesh Tewari] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-29 (Wednesday – early!)

Julia Male with Fleshtone Aura (Eucalyptus) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-11-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

The DisPerSion Lab + The Music Gallery present (feat. Malcolm Goldstein & Doug Van Nort / Doug Van Nort [solo!] / Electro-Acoustic Orchestra) / Array Space 2017-12-01 (Friday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 51 (feat. Ben Oginz / RYECROFT) / Handlebar 2017-12-03 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #33 (feat. Justin Haynes & Brian Ruryk / Brian Abbott / Bea Labikova) / Belljar Café 2017-12-05 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Ryan Driver [Careless Thoughts record release celebration!] (Doug Tielli/Heather Saumer/Chris Adriaanse) / Array Space 2017-12-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ghostlight / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ice Cream [cassingle release!] / D D L 2017-12-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Quartzite Jongleur [Lina Allemano/Andrew Downing/Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier/Andrew Miller] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Urgent Voices [compositions by Anna Hostman, James Rolfe, Ann Southam, Scott Wilson] (feat. Continuum Contemporary Music) / Aki Studio 2017-12-08–2017-12-09 (Friday–Saturday) [FB event]

Garden Party [Aline Homzy/Allison Au/Phill Albert/Alex Fournier/Mark Ballyk] / The Emmet Ray 2017-12-11 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

The Cluttertones (John Millard / Germaine Liu) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-12-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

MAW: A Community Celebration of the Vocal Arts (feat. Anne Bourne / Leslie Predy / Alex Lukshevsky / Kirsten White and Marc Bourgon / Renee The Voice / Scott Peterson / Game Shout Match / The Jumblies/Making Room Community Choir / Shodekeh and Max Bent) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-12-17 (Sunday – all ages + kid-friendly!) [FB event]

Parkdale Food Drive (feat. Teenanger / Prom Nite / Lee Paradise) / The Baby G 2017-12-29 (Friday) [FB event]

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Recording: James Tenney Resistance Ensembles

Artist: James Tenney Resistance Ensembles

Songs: Timbre Ring (feat. Tanya Charles, David French, Louis Simao, Alejandro Cespedes, Allie Blumas, Alexis Baro, Elena Kapeleris, Ben Grossman) + Listen! (feat. Mingjia Chan, Mara Nesrallah, Belinda Corpuz and Noah Franche-Nolan) [composer: James Tenney]

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 5), October 15, 2017.

James Tenney Resistance Ensemble - Timbre Ring

James Tenney Resistance Ensemble - Listen!

After an off-season of uncertainty and exiled from its home at St. George The Martyr Church, The Music Gallery has found refuge at 918 Bathurst. Vibewise, this has kept things in the same ballpark, with the new space sharing churchy origins and a wood-y acoustic space. The X Avant Festival was first big test for this arrangement of things, presenting four nights of shows there.

More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", explicitly evoked in this final night's survey of some of James Tenney's more explicitly political works. There were a pair of sonically-fascinating "playback" pieces to start the night from Tenney's days as a tape collagist and computer-based composer, including the seminal "Fabric for Che", a soundburst of computer-aided synthesis that must have sounded wholly alien in 1967, but today is quite comprehensible to anyone who's ever been to a harsh noise gig.

There were also three live performance pieces, including the reportage of "Pika-Don", giving perspectives on the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from both the creators of the weapon that obliterated them as well as its victims. There was also the uncharacteristic "Listen...!", a jaunty pop number (endearing in its occasional earnest clunkiness) trying to position "you and me" both as part of the problem and the solution to the world's many ills — at the end of the programme, it felt like a healing balm to end the night and the festival.

But the most interesting resonance of the night came with something that wasn't played, and what emerged instead in its place. When searching for pieces by Tenney that fit the night's theme, his "Ain't I a Woman?" (from 1992) was suggested. The piece abstracts "certain acoustical properties" of the words in Sojourner Truth's famous speech, breaking them down and distributing them across a string section and vocalists. Perhaps viewed as a progressive social endeavour in its time, in 2017 performing a piece by a white composer written to feature a specific white soloist that appropriates the words of a black woman is viewed differently. Whether this piece could be presented — as a representative of political music in its time, or as something useful in today's context — received a lot of discussion in the Music Gallery's community [full disclosure: as a member of the MG's Artistic Advisory Council, I was present at some of these discussions]. Consideration was given to "remixing" the piece, and/or programming it to be led by a black soloist, to return the words to the community and historical reality that they emerged from. (Side note: one further issue is that there's no clear documentation of what Sojourner Truth's actual words were, and the most-widely known transcription, and one which Tenney referred to, was by Frances Dana Barker Gage, a white abolitionist and women's rights activist, published a dozen years after the speech and re-written in a Southern dialect different than Truth's own.) In the end, there was there was a sense — from the black community and the wider MG community — that there's simply no interest — and scarce redeeming value — in hearing a white composer's take on a black woman's suffering, and it was decided not to mount the piece.

In its place, there was a performance of "Timbre Ring" ("for any number of definitely-pitched instruments, beyond about five"), a piece composed in 1971 but apparently never before performed in public. This version took nine performers (from different musical scenes and artistic practices) and spread them around the the perimeter of the audience. The idea of the piece is to take one single extended note and explore it in all its musical possibilities, as it was moved back and forth from one performer to another, passed along through eye contact. Though less overtly didactic, like the discussion around "Ain't I a Woman?", this piece felt more like a plausible model for resistance — based in listening, mutual respect, communication and sharing a moment together.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Recording: Avrha

Artist: Avrha

Songs: [first piece, section 3]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 4), October 14, 2017.

Avrha - [first piece, section 3]

Taking a night off from its new home base at 918 Bathurst, the Tranzac threw this Saturday night party in The Tranzac's Main Hall. More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", and to get a different perspective on that the MG turned this night over to community-insurgent popforce LAL, who brought in the Babely Shades collective to put things together. Before the show, Babely Shades' Hana Jama led a deep and lively discussion with some of the night's artists on how their art expresses both their identities and their sense of resistance. The night also had an impressive visual component, not only with projections of Riya Jama's richly-detailed Afrofuturistic art, but also with the projections of radical shadow-puppetry ensemble Drawing With Knives.

Extracted from the axis of Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, this project strips away songs + stagecraft to give some musical exploratory space to Alaska B (drums, percussion, samples) and Brendan Swanson (keybs). Starting in a fairly delicate space, this set had a patient sense of build as it seeped out into different sonic zones — eventually finding the space-prog territory it warps into here.

Recording: Bizarrh

Artist: Bizarrh

Songs: a cappella + unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 4), October 14, 2017.

Bizarrh - a cappella + unknown

Taking a night off from its new home base at 918 Bathurst, the Tranzac threw this Saturday night party in The Tranzac's Main Hall. More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", and to get a different perspective on that the MG turned this night over to community-insurgent popforce LAL, who brought in the Babely Shades collective to put things together. Before the show, Babely Shades' Hana Jama led a deep and lively discussion with some of the night's artists on how their art expresses both their identities and their sense of resistance. The night also had an impressive visual component, not only with projections of Riya Jama's richly-detailed Afrofuturistic art, but also with the projections of radical shadow-puppetry ensemble Drawing With Knives.

When they first emerged a few years ago, this soulquarian r&b/rap duo were everywhere for a while, popping up on all sorts of bills, and garnering acknowledgements as a fast-rising force. After some time away from the spotlight, it looks like their next phase is beginning. Their stage presence was as self-assured as always, passing back melodies and rhymes like they were just hanging out in their bedroom, but feeling ready to conquer a stadium.

* Does anyone know the titles to these? Please leave a comment!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Recording: Moon Eyed

Artist: Moon Eyed

Song: Texas Morning

Recorded at The Dupe Shop (Pleasence Records Presents: Cassette Store Day 2017 & The Dupe Shop Anniversary), October 14, 2017.

Moon Eyed - Texas Morning

Tough to believe that the community-friendly space at The Dupe Shop has been around for a year, but this anniversary (falling, appropriately enough, on Cassette Store Day) had the cake and everything to prove it. There was a weekend of celebrations, with this day curated (and tape DJ'ed) by Pleasence Records' James Lindsay.

On the cusp of releasing their Haleiwa album (out now on Pleasence Records), Elizabeth-Jane Bitze & Simon Letourneau brought some of their Paisley Underground bedroom pop tunes into the afternoon light. With Bitze's saturated organ sound on top of drum machine tracks, Letourneau's lyrics moved from desert haze to downtown drift.

[Moon Eyes will be playing with Montréal's Birds of Paradise at Handlebar on Saturday, November 25th.]

Recording: Father Christmas

Artist: Father Christmas

Song: Twisted Ones

Recorded at The Dupe Shop (Pleasence Records Presents: Cassette Store Day 2017 & The Dupe Shop Anniversary), October 14, 2017.

Father Christmas - Twisted Ones

Tough to believe that the community-friendly space at The Dupe Shop has been around for a year, but this anniversary (falling, appropriately enough, on Cassette Store Day) had the cake and everything to prove it. There was a weekend of celebrations, with this day curated (and tape DJ'ed) by Pleasence Records' James Lindsay.

Offering a poppy/wobbly sort of lite psychedelia powered by vintage chorus pedals, if I say that there's a hint of Fleetwood Mac about this quartet, do understand I mean Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac. At their best when veering into a meandering sort of yacht-rock boogie, this is also a band that put an unusual level of effort into meticulous live fade-outs to close their songs. Their Naturally album is now available.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Recording: Intérro

Artist: Kaie Kellough/Tanya Evanson/Jason Sharp/Kevin Lo

Song: Intérro [excerpt]

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 3), October 13, 2017.

Kaie Kellough/Tanya Evanson/Jason Sharp/Kevin Lo - Intérro [excerpt]

After an off-season of uncertainty and exiled from its home at St. George The Martyr Church, The Music Gallery has found refuge at 918 Bathurst. Vibewise, this has kept things in the same ballpark, with the new space sharing churchy origins and a wood-y acoustic space. The X Avant Festival was first big test for this arrangement of things, presenting four nights of shows there. More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", rather than tracking any musical throughline.

The last-minute cancellation of Chino Amobi left a gap in the night's lineup, and moved this babelogue into the headliner slot. Given the intensity of the piece, it's hard to imagine slotting anything after it. Based on crowdsourced reports of interactions with border guards, this made the power imbalance-induced anxiety of these liminal experiences into a palpable, physical thing. Jason Sharp's ominous synth washes, sax blasts and elevated heartbeat rhythm bumps created a soundscape for poets Kaie Kellough and Tanya Evanson to build up from confused phonemes to disorienting sentence fragments to barked commands. Kevin Lo's visuals, presenting the word-fragments in another way, added to the sensory overload. Intense and harrowing, and a reminder that these tensions are not distributed equally to all border-crossers.

Recording: E-Saggila

Artist: E-Saggila

Song: unknown*

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 3), October 13, 2017.

E-Saggila - unknown

After an off-season of uncertainty and exiled from its home at St. George The Martyr Church, The Music Gallery has found refuge at 918 Bathurst. Vibewise, this has kept things in the same ballpark, with the new space sharing churchy origins and a wood-y acoustic space. The X Avant Festival was first big test for this arrangement of things, presenting four nights of shows there. More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", rather than tracking any musical throughline.

The last-minute cancellation of headliner Chino Amobi left a gap in the night's lineup, but with its links to local music communities, the Music Gallery was able to find a worthy replacement on the day of the gig. Rita Mikhael's music mixes some noisier textures with techno, and her sounds projected quite authoritatively in 918's space. As is usual for me with this kind of music, I was most intrigued by the parts at the fringes of the set that were less beat-dependant, but even in the middle, the music's intensity (and the neon-afterimage visual accompaniment) kept this rather engaging.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!