Leo Abrahams and I were asked to rework our Discreet + Oblique project for the Barbican's Transcender Festival a few weeks ago. We continued our collaboration with The Necks and were joined by Benge, John Harle, Olly Coates and Emma Smith to rework the piece for a larger space and a different audience. It was an inspiring few days and the performance was a very memorable one. Huge thanks to all those folk who helped make it happen.
"If Discreet Music offered a new way of hearing to music, then Discreet + Oblique offers of new way of listening to it. The performance feels like an exercise in chaos theory, where the slightest alteration of a foundational element could render a new work entirely. The developments made to Eno’s work by these musicians is overwhelming, it’s immediacy and extemporaneity turning a tribute into this bright, shiny new thing. Even more overwhelming is to consider the ways in which it could’ve been different if it was tackled by different musicians, or with a different set of Oblique Strategies, or even if the cellist had slept on his neck funny. The scope of this project is, in theory, infinite." The Quietus
Some Links to the lovely reviews we received:
Leo and David chatting with Ben Eshmade around the 15' mark. Discreet + Oblique @ Barbican Transcender Festival