"Voice of the Chinese Counterculture Revolution." - PC
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Army of Techno Grand Prix Live PA 4/17/2010
So we played a live show yesterday. It was on the docks just west of the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA. I have attached some pictures to show just how absurd a location this was for a techno live PA.
Holy crap that's a lot of boats...
I am starting to get worried...
While we were setting up I kept saying this was ridiculous...
This was the view from our dock:
So the dock was about 5 feet wide, and we were setup right in the walking path. Most DJ/Live PAs have the luxury of being in a booth effectively on display, we weren't so lucky. The acoustics were downright awful. There was nothing for the bass to reverberate against. I had the mixer and our speakers going full blast, and it was still hard to really thump. Our microphone kept feeding back throughout the set because everything was redlining. About halfway through the set we reached a delicate equilibrium and got the vocals working. You will hear it on the mix, we were on the edge of a feedback loop for most of the show. I would describe this mix as gritty. Another person described it as gravy.
So without further ado, this is the recording of our first live show in 2 and 1/2 years. It is 48 minutes and 38 seconds long.
I want to apologize to those AOT fans that were unable to find the party. It was so underground that we didn't know the exact location until we were about to play and as you can see in the pictures, it was no easy task to find our boat.