Abstract soundscapists The Observatory played an awesome three set gig at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre last Friday…and it was FREE. As always, the quartet of Leslie Low, Vivian Wang, Dharma, Evan Tan and Victor Low wowed audiences with their dark and bleak atmospherics.
Here’s a peek at what went down:
Enter Twilight With The Observatory from IS Video on Vimeo.
For more ethereal soundscapes, the band will be playing live to a silent film A Page of Madness at the National Museum of Singapore on Dec 11, 7:30pm. Based on a story by Nobel Prize winning writer Yasunari Kawabata, A Page of Madness is the most modern and audacious masterpiece of early Japanese silent cinema and a landmark in avant-garde filmmaking. With its bold aesthetic and subversion of cinematic structures and conventions, the film stood out defiantly against the kabuki and jidai-geki films of the same period in Japan. We think this would make a good prelude (art house film + live soundtrack) to ZoukOut if you want to tempt and tease your brains a bit.
Over at Velvet Underground, Austrian down-tempo maestro Peter Kruder played to a packed house. Although known more for pushing out down-to-mid-tempo renditions of hip-hop, drum-and-bass, mope-rock, dub reggae and 1970s jazz-funk, the other half of Kruder & Dorfmeister (the pair was last here two years ago for Worldwide Festival) played an upbeat set of prog house, minimal techno and house beats.
You can relive some of the highlights below.