Dave Skipper ライブ

高円寺Oriental Forceへ。Dave Skipperのライブ。お世辞抜きで最高にクールだった。

旅先の海で拾ってきたという大きな木片や石、木の枝などを机の上にゴロゴロと並べ、モジュラーのスイッチを入れてスタート。今回は3つのパートに分かれており全体で2時間ほどの長さ。

まるでどのような音が鳴るのか確かめるかのようにゴツッ、ゴツッと石に石を投げつけたり、木の枝をポキポキ、バキッと折ったり、ときには鬼気迫る様相でノコギリやナイフをギコギコと激しく動かしながら木片を切断したり、そういったパフォーマンス性の高いライブだった。

私が思ったのは音のマテリアルを用意するパートはかなり静的で、それらのマテリアルをモジュラーで増幅させ執拗なフィードバックによって爆音ノイズを奏でるパートは圧倒的に動的だということ。その対比と抑揚の効いた展開は流石という感じ。

下の写真は石で石を叩くDave。箱に詰めた落ち葉をガサガサと揺さぶったり混ぜたりもしていた。シンプルに物と物との摩擦で音が発されるというプリミティブさにも私は強い感銘を受ける。

I went to Oriental Force, a live house in Koenji, Japan, to experience Dave Skipper live. It was cool as hell.

Dave had found large pieces of wood, rocks, and tree branches on his desk, which he had picked up from the ocean on his travels, and he switched on his modular synthesizer to begin the live performance. This time, the show was divided into three parts, and the whole thing lasted about two hours.

Dave threw rocks at rocks as if to see what kind of sound they would make, snapped and snapped branches, and cut pieces of wood with saws and knives, sometimes with a devil-may-care look on his face. It was such a highly performative live show.

I thought that the part where Dave prepares the sound materials was quite static, and the part where he amplifies those materials with modular synthesizers and plays blasting noise with relentless feedback was overwhelmingly dynamic. The contrast between the two and the effective development of intonation is a masterpiece.

In the photo below, Dave is pounding rocks with a stone, and also shaking and mixing fallen leaves packed in a box. I was very impressed by the primitiveness of the sound produced by the simple friction between objects.

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