Monday, March 21

Kingdom of Rebel #2

We was invited for this event quite some time, a collaboration that combines the best visual art and sound in Malaysia this year. A friend, representing Honf, bbm just to make sure we attended the event. But frankly we cant wait to see Space Gambus Experiment live. This space rock (i really mean space as kamal sabran work side by side with planetarium negara just to collect sounds from outer space) band is combining pieces of sound from the outer space and combining it with rock + traditional music. Haha thats a hell of a blend.
We arrive when sosound perform. Slipknot wannabe with their freak costume and Japanese dresses. They are around 10 people i think modulate some sounds and some were down banging drums, cymbals, and some sort of metal where the output was kinda noisy. It was hard to process the music. But when you sat down, concentrate and enjoy the visuals, it gave us some sort of brain ecstasy. You just have to listen deep and concentrate.Its easy to enjoy this kinda performance if you are on high medicated substance (Haha joking). It was dark, gloomy and scary. Thats my conclusion. Ok time for my adored band. Space Gambus Experiment.
I was very shocked that there's too many faces on the floor. there's 4 guitars, 2 bass, one drum + simple set, 3 traditional instrument and few gadget guys. Kamal sabran started with his modulated sound from the space. all the other instrumentalist start with this notes, sound and try to give so some sort of distorted or modulated sound.

The light was bright and out of now where came two mime artist incorporate their performance with the visual and sounds. I cant call it music as its hardly to determine the melody. But I was a bit sad, as what i heard before. The traditional strings should me the main line or melody but it was drowned by the other instrument. I think its a heartache for the sound engineer who try to cater all the sounds around the Balai Seni Lukis Negara.

Then HONF artist came up with their jumpsuit and gas mask. They gotta be hot lol. Maybe they try reminisce the crowd of the latest nuclear problem in Japan. They manipulate sounds digitally with a help of a homemade theremin. I can hear a melody as their base but again it was drowned by the noise from the thereminist.
As a closure, they invited all the artist from SOsound, SpaceGambusExperimen & HONF to perform. It was wicked with the visual and all. All in all it was very good experience. I wish Akta Angkasa Was invited as it will be superb surroundings for them.

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