This is a partial list of all Darkroom gigs, ever.
If you recall one not listed here, please let us know! The
LEAPS ones are pretty well documented because a) I kept
programmes for them all and b) LEAPS was full of techie
types who love to catalogue and record. The Improvizone
ones are also well documented, as they're so recent.
To be added - the Omsk gig, Glastonbury, various gigs at
CB2. And anything else that comes to mind!
We were booked to play as part of The Halloween
Unfortunately 1997 was "the year of the mud" and the
stage we were booked to play on sank into the mire.
We were bumped to the Wise Crone Cafe tent, and
eventually managed to play for 5 minutes sometime in
the small hours of the following morning (shortly
after the sound man went home for the night, so we
were left to engineer the gig too).
All in all, a terrible experience. We didn't record
it. I can honestly say I remember nothing about how
it sounded - at the time I was simply grateful to be
making any sound at all.
Haunting and arresting, "Darkroom" are an
improvising group (more "Starsailor" than Machine
Gun) of shifting and unsettling atmospheres. The
two instrumentalists construct an environment of
mutating loops - while Tim Bowness (of No Man) uses
his extraordinary and evocative voice to add an
emotional centre to the music.
This was the infamous gig during which several things
of note happened
- the promoter left before the end of the gig,
apparently not in a great mood
- Mike threw his watch at Os to try to make him stop
playing (we were way over time) (Os didn't notice)
- the phrase "rich hippy" was levelled at Mike,
apparently because he had more than two guitar
We played two sets, and I remember it being a good
gig. Sadly, it was one of the few that we didn't
Part of the LEAPS section of this concert organised
by the Anglia Contemporary and Experimental Music
Society, held at APU's Mumford Theatre, Cambridge.
From the programme:
Darkroom are the combined and limitlessly
creative talents of keyboardist/rhythmatist Andrew
'Os' Ostler and guitarist/loopologist Mike
Bearpark, who is replaced tonight by Peter
Chilvers.With their "composite of pounding
drum'n'bass-ish rhythms, spiralling ambient
backdrops and netherworldly atmospheres", Darkroom
have quickly attracted a large and dedicated
following, as well as interest from independent