Artist: Matt Miller/Ben Sirois/Leslie Predie/Minesh Mandoda
Recorded at Dundas Video ("Track Could Bend #13"), April 5, 2016.Matt Miller/Ben Sirois/Leslie Predie/Minesh Mandoda - [excerpt]
To my great surprise and delight, Track Could Bend has survived and thrived for a full year. To celebrate, I invited everyone who played the series' first twelve months (more than seventy people!) back for a birthday party. In the end, the night consisted of twenty-seven musicians collaborating over eight short sets, most of which were spontaneous "bands from a hat", drawn by lot before the set started. Given the wide range of musical practices and backgrounds, it was quite exciting to see how much coherence and excellence resulted.
The first "band from a hat" set the bar high with an eerie and atmospheric horror-movie soundtrack. Leslie Predie (who performed at TCB#4) set the tone here with her wordless feral vocalizations, but rather than Doom Ticker's hunting sprint, this was more of a sedate lope thanks to the glide of Minesh Mandoda's guitar (part of Ghostlight at TCB#5) and Ben Sirois' violin (part of Someflowers of Hell at TCB#3). Matt Miller (who had performed as part of Rub Out The Word at TCB#9) completed the vibe with his realtime ipad manipulations, adding static bursts and other unsettling noises.
[The next Track Could Bend will be at Dundas Video on Tuesday, May 3rd, featuring Kosher Dill Spears, Terms Of Venery (Mike Smith, solo electronics) and Glamour Nails (Lina Allemano + Justin Haynes).]