Sunday, June 28, 2015

Recording: Carl Didur

Artist: Carl Didur

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Geary Lane ("Sound Séance I": Night 3), June 14, 2015.

Carl Didur - unknown

The culmination of Geary Lane's year-long journey, the inaugural version of this event overcame some bureaucratic hurdles to present a weekend-long showcase of a non-corporate alternative to the city's increasingly-crowded festival calendar. Tucked away in its little pocket on the other side of the tracks, Geary Lane does feel a little off the grid but works well as an conceptual island getaway for sonic adventurers. Partnered with Suoni Per Il Popolo, the "name" draws skewed a bit toward une certaine esthétique de Montréal but each night did include cool local sounds as well. Vibe-wise, Sunday's final show of the festival came up the middle between Friday's chill drones and Saturday's Big Rock Show, with many in the crowd sitting on the floor of the stage area in front of the bands throughout. Throw in the fab afternoon events and this was a great weekend, showing off what can be done when the community has access to a space like Geary Lane. Hopefully this will indeed only be the first of a new annual local tradition.

Local treasure Carl Didur opened the last night of this festival with some beautiful pieces for analog synth. Seated on the floor and crouched over his gear, many in the early crowd sat down and soaked up the lovely echoes from his keyb, which were very meditative until the rhythm machine kicked in to add some clockwork sunshine to the proceedings.

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

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