Wednesday, May 12, 2010

This is Pure Scenius! - Review

Call me a soft southerner but I only attended one of the three Scenius performances. The thought of them jamming away for three two hour sets fell into the "too much of a good thing" category.

What was it? It was a college lecture beamed back in time from 2050 where they were trying to piece together the last thirty years of music after it had all been erased in a big accident. What was it really? It was an jam session featuring Brian Eno, Karl Hyde, the Necks and a few others. As with this sort of thing, there were no tunes. There were fast ones, slow ones, loud ones, and quiet ones. Some of it was drums and loop based and some wasn't.

The one that started on two pianos was quite good and watching the two screens above the stage gave one the feeling of watching on DVD as opposed to being in the hall. I am not sure Karls lyrics really added that much to the tunes but every now and then he would get something going with Brian which was interesting.

photos from eye magazine.


pat said...

beautiful, very nice, wish i was there.

Owen said...

Thanks for posting this.

Having seen the complete three-part PS debut in Sydney, I can report that these shows are not quite as made-up-on-the-spot as they seem.

There are indeed several titled "pieces", which are presented in each show, and the beauty for me was in hearing the variations between each presentation of the pieces - hence the three concerts.

I actually know somebody who flew out from the US for the Sydney show, and was impressed enough by the event to also make the trip to Brighton. I'm looking forward to hearing his take on it all.

My own thoughts on the Sydney experience can be found at if you feel so inclined.


ShaunP said...

Owen. You are right. When they came back for an encore Brian joked that they had only written 6 hours of music and would have to do one of the pieces again. One of the rooms to the side also had a sign on the door saying "band rehearsal - do not disturb". I think the pieces were loose concepts more than anything and it would have been interesting to hear how they changed during the day.