One of the great pleasures of travelling to play music is wandering around taking photos during downtime. Not that there was much during this year’s Sonic Dreams Festival in Waterford. The schedule was packed but everything ran smoothly and there was a relaxed vibe from the 3 hours of Strange Attractor which opened day 2 to the after party which showed no sign of waning as I shuffled out. The sound crew were on the ball and the food was fantastic. Sonic Dreams is an electronic music festival but it spanned the spectrum from the chinstroking to the unaplogetically danceable. Its lattitude and attitude reminded me of the great 3-year run of Hunter’s Moon festivals.
I’ve never had much success with gig photography and I knew Robin Parmar and Fergus Kelly would be keeping the photography bar raised when they weren’t playing. I was content to engage in my usual flâneur-inspired photography. The South-East was still sunny when I set out to wander the town on Sunday. So here’s the first set of pictures from the day after the festival. The next batch will be unrelated images I found in the nooks and crannies of the city. I was also reunited with Declan Q Kelly, an actual photographer. Among other things, we talked about how we seem to be drawn to similar details and have similar ways of framing when taking pictures. Here’s Declan’s latest batch of pictures from his Wexford Wanderings.
Piece for Balloons, Vocals & Acoustic Guitar, 2015
Following a percussion/vocals performance at the opening of the Siteation space on 6 September 2012 two instruments/installations were left to form an exhibition along with audio of the performance. “Hi Dó’ (Alex Conway & Frank Whelan) also performed on the night. Time marches on and Siteation has since moved to and out of another location on Dublin’s northside. There are still Siteation events from time to time at no fixed abode.
“SINKRONOUS” Gavin Prior, 2012 Instrument/Installation Basin, Guitar Tuning Heads, Spring, Guitar Strings, Pine Offcut, Tying Wire. — at https://www.facebook.com/SITEATION.
“M FOR METAL” Gavin Prior, 2012 Instrument/Installation Found Object, Tying Wire, Rope, Mallets, Tools
I had just put on Time by ELO when Willie popped up Gchat looking to do an interview for his zine which had been dormant for 10 years. It was rambling and informal and I kept sending him youtube links to ELO so he could keep up with me as I followed that homesick time traveller’s progress. The interviews focused on the connections between film and music and I talked about my experiences acting in Henry and Sunny and my viewing habits. I enjoyed reading the interviews of people I know, especially the description of Kev (First Blood Part II) as “an action hero trapped in real life”. Willie is behind the Hunters Moon Festival which many of us interviewees have participated in.
Non-Plastique Zine #10 is available now on Etsy