AMALGAMATED WONDERS OF THE WORLD
MILLIWAYS, County Dublin
This cacophony of sound is more like a 3D-IMAX experience than a pop concert but you can - and are encouraged to - DANCE.
AWW - Main Stage Veterans of Stadium Sized Ambient Intonation
ALL TRACKS ARE RECORDED LIVE. LIVE LIVE LIVE. YOU CAN HEAR THE SWEAT ON THE KNOBS, THE CRACK OF LEADS BEING PLUGGED AND GEAR BEING WARMED UP BEFORE BEING WHIPPED INTO SHAPE...
What do you wonder about? Douglas Adams 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy' had a profound effect on me at a very early age, so at the grand old age of 42 I believed it could be possible to discover the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. It was an interesting year in which I did in fact find an answer.
All our equipment and devices are now configured accordingly to simple instructions found within 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' and with this revelation I have what I always sought through years and years of experimenting with the electronic music, plus when played loud enough it is possible for a small group of people in close proximity to the speakers to leave the planet for a short while.
Our residency at the legendary Milliways allowed us develop a truly universal sound plus it meant we have been introduced to many strange and colourful characters, many of whom have presented us with all sorts of weird and wonderful sound making devices and machines which we weave into our arsenal with glee and surprise and occasionally electrocution.
Amalgamated Wonders of the World as a name covers all that may be, dreamed, real or considered, it could have easily appeared as a chapter in the aforementioned Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy plus it abbreviates as a neat, aural and aesthetically pleasing AWW.
Various Media Quotes* :
"Not so much music as time-varying distribution of spectral energy."
"A lot can be conveyed and expressed effectively through considered ‘Attack Decay Sustain Release’ envelope settings on a sampler or synthesizer, etc... to reflect stock exchange fluctuations or government popularity and the war on drugs"
"We were playing records through various guitar pedals, effects and synths until there was no need for the records, but we still use them, it is a nice point of reference and so much more tactile than a laptop loaded with samples and software, but then we are old, not just old school, we really are old, I know a bloke who was really into The Clash"
"They are punch lines, not hooks"
"Human voices emerge sporadically, sputter, loop and filter off in a warm valve overdrive dub echo... The luscious and decadent tones of John Hurt reading from Vincent Van Gogh’s tortured yet sensitive letters to abstract beat poetry from the commanding voice of Jim Morrison through to Liza Minnelli instructing us to scream at passing trains... "
"Familiarity in an unfamiliar setting, vice versa is next month’s project"
"We are quite aware of the sound experiments that have been done in the past from John Cage, through to the tremendous carnage of Throbbing Gristle and the ethereal content of Harold Budd... without the constraints of a musical framework we are free to twist and distort above and beyond time signatures and chord structure... our ongoing experiment in sound and its relationship to music is ever evolving and always surprising and it simply captivates us, plus it occasionally produces a nice tune that you could whistle in the shower"
"'Revolution 9’ OR ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’? I KNOW WHICH WE PREFER"
*Some publications have yet to go to print.
“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
Hunter S. Thompson
“One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time.”
"It is, and it is not, in the same respect, AND at the same time."
Amalgamated Wonders of the World