Thursday, December 11, 2014

Recording: Bateman-Miller-Segger-Duncan

Artist: Victor Bateman/Matt Miller/Mark Segger/Christine Duncan

Song: "Playdate" [excerpt from an improvization]*

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), October 28, 2014.

Bateman-Miller-Segger-Duncan - Playdate

Victor Bateman (electric bass), Matt Miller (laptop) and Mark Segger (percussion) have played together a bit as a trio and at this Tranzac outing they were joined for much of the set by vocalist Christine Duncan. Duncan can captivate even when performing on her own, but the band's textures — touching on noise, ambient and glitch-groove — were a worthy foil. At some points they even approached a sort of no wave "Don't Worry, Kyoko" vibe which was very tasty. No word if these particular players will find themselves in the same room again any time soon, but you can catch them individually around town on the regular.

[You can see Christine Duncan, alongside veteran vocal improviser/sound poet Paul Dutton, at Audiopollination's special Long Winter event tomorrow (December 12).]

* I'm not sure if this is a straight-up improvisation or if Duncan is working with prepared material here — I'm sure I've heard her riffing about playdates before, so she might have been a loose gameplan coming in. I'm throwing that up as a provisional title, but if anyone can clarify/confirm, please leave a comment!

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