Sunday, 27 September 2015

Europe tour with ICHI day 1 - Lille

Lille at Centre Culturel Libertaire was a great start to the tour - a collective space with an anarchist bent; lots of friendly people. We met and heard the incredible Melodie playing music with plants: By using plants to complete oscillator circuits she produces a range of sounds... If the circuit is completed with both wires in the same leaf it's a high pitch; the further apart the leaves the deeper the sound. Eventually the plants stop producing noise (presumably because they think the sharp wires are insects) by sending acid to the area: The acid cuts the signal and she has to start again... Hibiscus is her favourite plant sound.
I asked her if she ever asks audience members to bring plants from home so they can hear what they sound like but she told me it doesn't really work - people don't bring them or they discuss the idea and - as in the case of someone willing to offer their orchid as band member - they decided against it because the orchid was in flower, a vulnerable stage in its life cycle so it was likely to lose its flowers... Another project of Melodie's which I've not listened to yet is Plants vs Animals: Her plant music, field recordings of animals, a talented vocalist and a trumpeter. A future project inspired by a deep hum she couldn't source whilst practicing is to be Plants vs Construction sounds... 
Anyway, I urge you to have a listen and read more about it - her idea has me feeling excited and inspired. Us humans are total nutters.

Check her out! 
"Musique experimentale avec des plantes"

Also playing were Paper Planes, a post-rock band from Frankfurt - all lovely guys and a great set from them too.

CCL Lille website:

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Europe tour 2015

ICHI and me set off on tour this Saturday to France, Switzerland and Italy!

The details are below:

26/9 - Centre Culturel Libertaire (Lille, FR) 

27/9 - Point Ephemere (ICHI only) (Paris, FR)

28/9 - Le Pop In (Paris, FR) (supporting KIDSAREDEAD)

29/9 - Le Bal Des Fringants (Lyon, FR)

30/9 - Eglise Evangelique De Villard  (Lausanne, CH)

02/10 - Associazione UNZA! (Milan, IT)

03/10 - Barchessone Vecchio (San Martino Spino, IT)
(Home to the wonderful Bob Corn (Fan Page))

04/10 - Gatarigole Festival (Venice, IT)

07/10 - Les Hauts Parleurs (Villefranche De Rouergue, FR)

08/10 - Les Lentilleres (Dijon, FR)