Saturday, August 27, 2005

Live 04.09.05: Modulator ESP/ Astrogator & David Davies

Started preparations for the Bunkers Hill gig on the 4th September and got some new sounds and sequences programmed today, but there is a lot more work ahead. Steve Humphries will be joining me for the encore of my set and we will perform a piece or two as Astrogator. As ever it will be all new music from both acts. NB it looks like we will be going on first so will probably start playing about 8:30, rather than 9, so that Dave can go on just after 10.
Gear will be much the same as the Rose of England gig, but with the addition of the Prophet 600 and my other new aqcuisition.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Awakenings 12.8.05: Create, The Glimmer Room & debut of Astrogator

The Glimmer Room went on first with a very minimal setup, which was good, as Steve's gear took up quite a lot of the stage. Andy and Mark were both using laptops, Andy had a controller keyboard and a Nord Modular rack and Mark played bass and guitar. Their set was pretty chilled out and included re-workings of material from both of Andy's previous releases, Tomorrow's Tuesday and Grey Mirrors.

Steve was on next with a run through of his set for E-Live. The set included some new and old stuff, Kindred Spirits and Biospherical Imagery Part 1 (Awakenings Mix). His keyboard setup was pretty impressive and sounded rather nice. For the encore I joined Steve onstage and we played two pieces together as Astrogator. The two pieces were completely unrehearsed improvisations which seemed to go down well.

We hope to have a repeat performance at my next gig, where Steve will join me for the encore. All this will be good preparation for when we play together at E-Live in October at the end of Steve's Create set.

Minimal gear for the night:
Korg ER-1
Nord Modular, with laptop to edit
Roland SH-101
Sequential Prophet VS
Sequential Prophet 600

Unfortunately none of the pictures with me in came out very well, but there are a few good ones of Steve

The evening also saw the release of the Astrogator CD 'The Darkness Between' which is now available by mail order direct from the band. See the Astrogator music page for samples and ordering details.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Gig and other announcements

The next Modulator ESP gig will be with my old friend Mr David Davies at Bunkers Hill Inn, Hockley, Nottigham on Sunday 4th September 2005. See my gigs page for details.

Also worth noting, I will be making my live debut with Steve Humphries (Create) as Astrogator at the Create Awakenings gig at the Brudenell Club in Leeds on Friday 12th August 2005. The gig will also see the launch of the debut Astrogator album 'The Darkness Between' (artwork below). See the Astrogator music page for details and mp3 samples. I've also recently designed a nice little website for Steve's Create project.