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Re: Good week for looping in Santa Cruz
At 2:27 PM -0800 2/6/05, William Walker wrote:
>at a few points in the show the rain pouring on the roof created an
>amazing ambience. One point in particular when Michael Manring was
>playing a beautiful long toned textural piece, it was if the
>environmental sounds were being cued from the mixing board.
I had a similar experience a while back in Rome. The venue was a
circus-style tent called Spaziozero, and the occasion was a festival
of contemporary voice (I was there with Diamanda Galas). Pauline
Oliveros was also on the festival, and she asked me to mix for her,
in quad. It had been unseasonably cold during the preceding few
weeks. Rome was covered in ice and as you can imagine the tent was
horribly cold. Fortunately a day or so before Pauline's gig there was
a thaw, then continuous rain. As PO described it, the sound of the
rain was like "a thousand spirit drummers" and she went with it.
Whenever the a gust of wind would sweep the raindrops across the
tent, she would make a phrase on her accordion and I would pan her
sound across the quad system.
A less propitious windy performance happened in Santa Cruz during one
of the "years of the tent" when the Cabrillo Music Festival was held
on the UCSC campus. The typical weather pattern was for the wind to
come up off Monterey Bay in the late afternoon but to died down befor
the evening concert, but one particular night it was delayed by about
an hour. During the first part of the concert the tent flapped
mightily against the wooden uprights around the periphery. I did my
best to ride the sound system gain so the rear of the audience could
hear the music (though this made me unpopular with the front rows)
and the ushers positioned themselves between the wooden uprights and
the canvas tent walls, trying vainly to keep the two apart.
Richard Zvonar, PhD