Wade Matthews/Reuben Radding duo & Camilla Hannan15 Sep 2007 | Concert
Soopa brushed shoulders with the jet-set, beautiful people crowd at Plano B to present an evening of improvisation and abstract-concrète electronica. First, Camilla Hannan used field recordings as a starting point for electronic manipulation with subtle shifts in texture and a slow increase in volume. The effect of the squeaky samples, combined with the lighting of Plano B's concert room (very, very weird) suggested being aboard a wooden boat in bad weather. Also, laptop players should take notice of Camilla's waist movements, more than sufficient evidence that electronica hasn't made her forget The Funk.
Next, Wade Matthews played bass clarinet, alto flute and electronics accompanied by double bassist Reuben Radding. Their set included classic improv, arcade game-styled electronics, and a psychedelic moment when the sound leaking from the dancefloor next door distilled a new style: acoustic improv with a techno beat.
As usual, a great time was spent with the musicians, with nice conversations about Dave Grohl, Sun Ra, australian wine, animated films and wolf testicles.