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So was that a new album? It was pretty excellent. I especially liked Jupiter.
I liked Saturn and Mercury but I had been listening to the YouTube versions from Eindhoven all day before going to the Barbican and they'd had time to sink in.
surely he will release them as an album?
If you have a neat little package called Total Audio Converter (from CoolUtils)you can make audio versions of YouTube videos. I've done that for the Eindhoven vids but if there's an album released, I'd buy it anyway.
hard to pick favourites though - they were pretty much all great!
Hope it does get released as an album as i'd love to listen to them all properly. Seemed as though a few of them weren't really finished yet - the Sun was only like a minute long and didnt really go anywhere - seemed a bit weird at the time.
Wasn't a huge fan of the first section if I'm honest, to much jumbled pizzicato for me. After the interval is what we were all there for really anyway and it was worth the wait. Had been listening to a couple of bits on YouTube but not so much as to have ruined any surprises.
I hope it gets recorded and released, but until then here is a blog with some bootlegs (I cannot vouch for the quality yet)
Muhly's Diacritical Marks in particular was great.
Also: worst audience I have ever seen at the Barbican, which is a shame. Clearly it was people who were dragged along by fans of Sufjan who didn't want to be there and the fans themselves just wanted him to play Illinoise and didn't really understand what was going on (evinced through applause between movements). Audience members are the worst performers.
Much more than the Nico Muhly cello concerto from a couple of weeks ago.
I can't get too upset about people clapping between movements. It is only a convention, after all, and I thought the audience (down at the front anyway) cottoned on pretty fast after the first piece from Bryce Dessner and stopped applauding between movements. I get more annoyed with furious applause immediately after very quiet or affecting pieces (music and theatre) where a few seconds refelction adds to the experience.
This concert, as I expected, was a very different experience from the full-on dance party of last year's Age of Adz gig at the Festival Hall, where I was singing along with the best of them.
I was really far away, perhaps attention waned the further away from the stage.
Would have loved to have been at an Adz gig. Suspect I will never see Impossible Soul performed live. :(
but I refuse to buy or sell from touts. I was in row G in the stalls, the 5th from the front. Sometimes the sound balance isn't perfect there; that may have been the problem with Nico's cello concerto because the cello seemed to be too low in the mix. I'd been to the open rehearsal in the afternoon, where I was in the centre at the front row of the balcony and it had sounded better then.
knappafire has just started uploading from the London show. His stuff is usually very high quality.
i suppose the majority were expecting a pop concert, and so were dismayed by the first half. this was obvious with not knowing whether to clap and the fucking stupid coughing. i did enjoy the first half, but not as much as the second half. i wish they had done a selection from Run Rabbit Run as programmed, but it wasn't to be. a very enjoyable night overall though.
to complain about some coughing, ain't it? and stop being a snobbish cunt that people didn't know whether or not to clap between movements. the first half was boring anyway... there was no singing for one thing.
but there was a burst where people coughed unnecessarily and in a really disrespectful way.
But audience etiquette isn't rocket science. Seen a few events like that at the Barbican, never seen an audience like that before though.
From the conversations around me, it really did seem that people were there because they were expecting the costumes and typical Sufjan show. Actually when the show was announced I was surprised how quickly it sold out, compared to the other Nico Muhly show the other week (which to me appeared to be a better line up). I guess Sufjan Stevens was the attraction.
Still don't understand why people video and take photos with their mobile. The glare is distracting and the shots will be rubbish, yet they still try..
Also didn't expect Planetarium to be so led by Sufjan Stevens. I had expected it to be more equally shared between the three. Still, there were some good bits.
I expected the worse, I misunderstood the programme completely, I thought it was going to open with the string quartet doing something with the national guy (which was the only bit I was right about), then thought sufjans bit would be him playing some of year of the rabbit, then it would be the trombone composition of the composer guy with some vocals by sufjan (to the point where it finished I thought there would be a third section with just trombones and sufjan to come, thinking seeing the mountain goats there with 3 sections contributed to the misunderstanding).
But really the planetarium seemed like sufjan's project and so was as good as that implies. I hope he releases it but I remember the first time I saw him he played a song (maybe more) that he said was from a project of songs about different bodies of water that I dont think saw the light of day so who knows how many things like this he works on
that should appeal to fans of Nico Muhly, Sufjan, Andrew Bird and so on