|Adam Johnson, Alert, Mishuggah
||[Feb. 14th, 2004|11:00 am]
Had some fun last night. Adam Johnson, down from MPLS, playing @ Gabes. Adam has a CD out recently on M3RCK, which for lack of a better word, is an 'IDM' label, but last night he showed an ability to move seamlessly between more atmospheric, intricately programmed stuff and his own version of house? techno? Whatever -- he rocked. Mishuggah played a great set of chill electro, and DJ Alert, Iowa favorite Hoodlum, did a great set of early Chicago House.|
During Adam's set, his friend, whose name I've criminally forgotten, mixed some great video. Real imagery -- trains, clouds, a blinking eye -- fractally decomposed into abstract, bubbling goo.
dooriya and m3ani3 were in attendance. Nice to finally meet dooriya -- her LJ presents a very distinct personality, and it's nice to get a glimpse of the person behind the persona. Meeting online-only friends is a bit like walking into a novel; in fact in some respects it's exactly like that. In an on-line journal one imposes a hopefully coherent narrative on the messy chaos that you actually live. It gives a reader a peek into the narrative one creates in one's own mind constantly, but it's edited.
At any rate dooriya is cute, funny and engaging, and she's an English major (as I was), and we have similar tastes in music. We talked trash about the Iowa Writer's Workshop, naturally. It sounds like she is going through what I went through 25 years ago. Though she seems to be having a way better time of it than I did. We can only hope. At least she'll be spared the incomparable experience of typing catalog cards for the library.
Anyway, the show -- loads of fun doing sound with Gabe's powerful, quirky PA. I spent 20 minutes on getting one channel of Adam's mixer to come through the board cleanly; the problem was a crappy DI box. Unfortunately I dropped the broken box down next to the wall inside the sound booth. OOPTH. I really need to buy my own DIs, but I resist it because I don't generally make any money doing sound, yet I'm going to spend $75 on DI's?
All night Adam felt like the PA was too loud; I've been to so many shows I'm used to it, for better or worse. During his set, I trimmed his channels down to where they had plenty of headroom and notched back the main board about -6dB. It sounded wicked good, especially after Alert's almost-20-year-old house records through a maxed out DJ mixer.