Space & Performance

How do musicians use space when they have the means to control it? 


Though far from ideal, the LMC space at Gloucester Avenue offered a unique opportunity for articulating space and durations. The atmosphere and conditions of every event, could be structured as singular experiences, rather than music within a module, either through the conceptual and physical planning of an event or through the relationship of musicians to each other or to the audience. 


The contrast between this situation and professional conventions may be read retrospectively through posters and photographs, the subjectivity of the poster versus the formal grid of the calendar. In the photograph of Steve Beresford and guitarist Roger Smith taken during an LMC concert at Gloucester Avenue, an evident instability is ‘audible’, a moment of divergence, a performance that seems unperformed and ‘formless’ (the visual clues indicate a degree of informality that would be impossible in more constrained surroundings). 


Can this approach be transferred to concert settings bounded by such constraints? More to the point, could the informality of an LMC concert of the 1970s survive in current conditions?

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Caroline Kraabel Jim O'Rourke
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Maggie Nichols Roger Turner

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Sally Potter Poster Faerie Liquid
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Programme - Fast & Loose  
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Music
1. Roger Turner and Steve Beresford
2. Sylvia Hallett solo
3. David Toop and Paul Burwell
4. Nigel Coombes and Roger Smith

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