Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thirteen Lost and Found + Tattie Toes

Following the Session A9 gig the Threads of Sound folk were back at Stereo to record the launch of RM Hubbert's new album "Thirteen Lost and Found". Luckily this did not involve any kneeling.

First up were support "Tattie Toes" who played an exotic mix of songs (in Spanish and Basque and other languages), fiddle, bells, bass, and a huge variety of unusual percussion.

A change of lighting, and it was on to a one-off live playthrough of Thirteen Lost and Found, including the collaborators on each track.

Mary Kenny

Hanne Tuulikki

Alasdair Roberts (doing a version of one of my favourite - extremely gloomy and strange - songs, "The False Bride")

RM Hubbert himself

Emma Pollock

Alex Kapranos

Aidan Moffat

Again, more pics over on Flickr.

Session A9

This was a wildly busy week on the gigs front as Threads had lined up recordings of two shows.  First up was Session A9 at the Concert Hall, as part of Celtic Connections.  I'd heard them a few years ago at the Old Fruitmarket and they were just as impressive this time, however the gig was uncommonly hard on the knees as we could only shoot the first three songs from the centre and had to crounch down so as not to block the audience's view.  This would probably  have been less problematic if I hadn't a) tripped and cut my knee the previous day, and b) worn knee-high boots (because of the snow) which made it hard to bend my ankles and caused me to emit squeaking noises every time I moved...

More photos over on Flickr.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cage of Light

Ran out of stuff to read and got a bit carried away with the spiral staircase and Hipstamatic...

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Strandbeest #2

Sprocket Rocket

Having spent the weekend wrestling with scanners I've finally managed to scan in some Sprocket Rocket shots - after going to the extreme lengths of reading the scanner instructions. They're still not that great as the scanner doesn't want to scan the sprocket holes, so I can either have full length scans without them, or stuck-together ones with them (where I persuaded the scanner they were actually slides. However, experimentation will continue and considering I was using a roll of 7-years-out-of-date film that should really have been twice as fast as it was (400 ISO not 200 ISO) they're not bad at all...

The Lion and Unicorn Staircase (with sprockets)

Unicorn with sprockets (from two shots stuck together)

Full-length unicorn without sprockets

Not a small nuclear explosion, but the Christmas lights in George Square (admittedly almost as damaging to the eyes). The join didn't work quite so well here...

Heather, Adrian, TJ, Clare, and me in the mirror (this really didn't survive the underexposure, even with the flash-gun).

Thursday, January 05, 2012

City Wings

No photoshop involved in this one, spotted today while finishing the spool on the Sprocket Rocket (I think I remembered to take the lens cap off at least some of the time...)