Aufmerksame Leser wissen es: ich liebe das, was Sebastian Mullaert so macht, schon immer sehr. Aktuell hat er ein Live-Projekt nebst dazugehörigem Label aus der Taufe gehoben, für das verschiedenste Musiker live miteinander elektronisch musizieren: Circle of Live. Zusammen spielen sie dann Techno-Live-Jams. Konkreter bei XLR8R:
On stage, Circle members jam in different constellations; Muallert curates a different lineup for each performance. Mullaert himself, the one constant, begins with some ambient soundscapes, before inviting the other artists to begin interacting as they wish; it’s an unhinged, freeform experience, unhindered by formal structure so as to allow both the performers and audience to explore the boundaries of electronic music improvisation in its raw beauty. These recordings, which can exceed eight hours, are then reviewed, and segments—those which best capture the essence of the project—are released through the record label of the same name, offering a snapshot into the weird and wonderful world of collaborative live performance.
Beim diesjährigen Movement Detroit traf sich Mullaert mit Amp Fiddler, Mathew Jonson und Vril auf die Bühne zum Circle, wo sie gut zwei Stunden live spielten. Und das ist so ziemlich das Beste, was ich seit langem gehört habe. Wirklich großartig, gemessen daran, dass der Sound aus Improvisationen entsteht.
“I love to start with ambient music, but here there was no opportunity to play music at low volume as sounds from the other stages were throbbing through the air. And there wasn’t much time to either contemplate or sync between us; we had to press start and go! Mathew [Jonson] picked a tempo—90bpm, I picked a key (G minor, what a surprise!), Vril picked a badass gangster groove, and Amp [Fiddler] just smiled, spread his love, and started to spread the chords from his synths. How the next four hours took form no one knows, but it was an amazing journey to be part of, and listening to the first two hours, that we are sharing with you now, brings back many warm smiles to my face. Be prepared for the most jam-y and Detroit-y Circle of Live jam so far!”