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    Stuff that won't translate via YouTube. Or even via headphones (unless you're on acid or something).

    I just saw an exhibition with a 9m X 9m painting. No way you can capture that presence in a photograph.
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    I've not been to a reggae soundsystem night more than once or twice. But that's the sort of thing - overwhelming bass, totally transforms the music, totally rattles your system.
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    La Monte Young, Dream House installation. Sound and light, truly immersive, takes you someplace else.

    Ryoji Ikeda performing "+/-" at Sonar Barcelona 1999. Electronic music like never before, raw pulses so loud that you felt them to your core. at once punishing and meditative.

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    These days, me too - I used to go clubbing a lot but not these days.

    Actually Kodes night at Corsica was the last time I remember being overwhelmed by the bass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Actually Kodes night at Corsica was the last time I remember being overwhelmed by the bass.
    Evian Christ's Trance Party at Corsica is pretty full on with the smoke machines and strobes accompanying that soundsystem

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    The Bug's Pressure night that DannyL and I went to last year.

    Brought out all those influences so well- SWANS, Shaka, Iration Steppas, Loop and the Butthole Surfers. Pounding psychedelic dubwise noise.

    What's interesting is that it has to be overwhelming and GOOD. These days if I see something super loud and overwhelming and it's shit I just put earplugs in, or step outside.

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    It doesn't have to be loud either - you can hear a pin drop at Cafe OTO sometimes. The intricacies of a good improv gig also don't come across on Youtube or whatever.

    I saw Neil Charles and Elaine Mitchener at Cafe OTO recently and Elaine's improvised guttaral non-verbal vocals were indescribably powerful. But not overly amplified or anything. I found a young man crying in the toilets afterwards and it turned out he was completely fine but had just found the whole thing very powerful - he'd never seen anything like it before.

    Part of me was jealous.

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    Throbbing Gristle closing what turned out to be their last ever gig with 'Discipline'.
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    I'm always amazed by how different an experience dub is on a soundsystem compared to listening to the tunes at a responsible volume at home. It's like the difference between looking at a diagram of the floor plan of a power station and walking around inside it while it's in operation.

    And we saw Sunn O))) at the Roundhouse last year, which is another one where the musical impact is almost inseparable from the sheer physicality of the sound.

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    reading recent comments reminds me of similar things:

    swans at white columns gallery (memorialized on the "speed trials" comp), the brutality of metal bashing up close and personal. before gira became a songwriter and and played acoustic guitar, roli mossiman with them at the time.

    psychic TV in their first NY gig at danceteria, where they closed with a track called "skinhead stomp" in front of giant video projections showing things like close ups of a circumcision (also memorialized on vinyl on "NY Scum"), true shock and awe sensory overload. more than one hipster in the crowd looked ready to pass out.

    lee renaldo, experimental solo gig at cbgb (opening for swans) where it was just him crouched down on the floor working a few noise boxes and pedals.

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    I need to get out more.

    As I get older I take it for granted more and more that music is for headphones and home speakers. Which a lot of it isn't.
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