GazCloud wrote:

I can hear Big Ben chiming... anyone got a ticket link yet?

...Tickets secured!

http://po.st/BedrockXVII if anyone's not seen this yet.

I can hear Big Ben chiming... anyone got a ticket link yet?

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(109 replies, posted in General Bedrock Discussion)

It's true that nowadays posts aren't so often met with scathing criticism, often from people hiding behind aliases. That's a good thing. One reason why I've barely posted a handful of times in my long tenure on the board is the bitchiness and inappropriate "banter". I still "lurk", though, as I enjoy a lot of the discussion on here and in general people have good taste in music ;-)

I'm late but I'll throw my two cents in. An amazing Bedrock and John at the epicentre of it all. The music wasn't all "classics", but almost everything new stood up to the old prog anthems. Basically the music was spot on in the main room all night, and the atmosphere as good as it should have been, given the quality of the music.
I tried the Star Bar but couldn't get into it at all - I thought the house coming from the Soundshaft was decent, and good when the main space got too much (admittedly this wasn't often, and I spent the vast majority of the night in the middle of the main room dancefloor).
A great night from start to finish, IMO.

A brilliant set - nice and atmospheric to start and rocking by the end; a nice touch finishing with Frankie as well.

roberto wrote:

I'm glad Uncle John has resisted any temptation to add anyone else to line-up in the main room. Some of the best nights have been him playing an extended set. None of this after Carl Cox or before Tin Pot and Pans bollocks.

You referring to Pig and Dan? Admittedly I was disappointed by their closing set at Oct Bedrock - it sounded somewhat one-dimensional after the three fantastic sets that preceded them. Quality producers, though.

Just giving Part 2 a spin now - was very impressed by part one and the tracklisting for this looks good!

What a brilliant line-up - I was not pleased with the ticket prices but this looks like it'll be well worth it!

The question is, do you spend all night in the main room or wander and catch the best of the rest?! I tend to alternate between these two approaches at Bedrock as the mood takes me; there's every chance with Danny warming up that I may miss most of this top bill entirely and just spend the evening with Danny and John!

Getting this tracklisting is the icing on the cake of the weekend.  Wish Diggers would do similarly from last night!

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A great night.  Spencer Parker opened with a techy set with lashings of disco, constantly working the EQ and faders to ensure the loops never became dull.  The electro ending to his set was neat, too.  I had expected something more heads-down from Spencer, and whilst his set wasn't what I'd describe as a classic Bedrock sound, it was a great and funky start to proceedings.

Josh came on and his set was deep yet melodic, with his penchant for playful breakdowns and echo FX present and correct.  Overall, this was well judged and set the tone perfectly for Digweed, full of interesting sounds and darker kick drum-led tracks offset against tuneful minor key lead lines (an example of this being Recondite's Cleric, dropped early on.

Digweed was amazing.  A full on assault of trippy, progressive grooves with melody around every corner.  Dropping a few classics, Digweed also went for the jugular at times, with acidic 303s and rave stabs making appearances in among the more floating material.  His ability to program a set so it's full of twists and turns is peerless, now as always.  This sense of narrative meant that the 3 hours passed in no time at all, and the set was anything but linear.

I'm interested to hear people responding favourably to Pig and Dan's set on here.  Whilst they didn't do anything wrong, to my mind it was a little flat, and somewhat misjudged... the tech-house tracks sounded generic and the harder edged material out of place and lacking artistry after Digweed's subtle masterclass.  I'm a big fan of these guys as producers, but this is the second time I've seen them (last time it was just Dan Duncan) and been a little disappointed.

Downsides were that the main floor was too crowded, especially during Digweed.  This seemed all the stranger as the stage was working to a "one off, one on" policy all night, in spite of being barely half full.  I've been to Electric quite a few times recently and have a lot of time for the venue, particularly the fact that the whole main room sounds good, without too much echo or any rattling etc.  But the sound system was a little too powerful on this occasion, even if it was crystal clear.  The pre-party was a thoughtful gesture and made the evening a more sociable affair, plus the new album sounded great.

Heading down to the pre-party now, I'm excited about the night as a whole, especially hearing the new album for the first time.  The biggest disappointment in the build-up has to be Pig & Dan's Bedrock 16 promo mix - an insult to their fans, really.  As they're such talented producers, did they think they'd simply get away with stringing together an hour's worth of tech-house tracks and giving no thought to progression or mixpoints?!  I sincerely hope they're better than that this evening!

liquitech1 wrote:
GazCloud wrote:

I thought the first hour sounded more like Loco Dice or Nic Fanciulli - techy, bompety beats, basslines and only the odd hypnotic sequence.  Whilst I enjoyed this to a point, one track had such a cringeworthy spoken word vocal I had to leave the dancefloor.  It's also worth noting that there was no light whatsoever for the first 35 mins of the set - definitely a ploy as the first big vocal number saw the mirror ball lit up and the tension created by the darkness alleviated.  This first hour was also too crowded, as everyone packed into the room post-Surgeon and Blawan's excellent live hardware set.

But hey, if you're playing for 4 hours, you're allowed to spend an hour setting the mood.  Come 5am, the dancefloor emptied out a little, and by 6am Sasha was on fire - a delightful mix of Traum-esque melodic techno, dreamy progressive and occasional flashes of dark, tribal brilliance.  Whilst one or two tracks had cloying or overly repetitive riffs, I left the floor with a whole host of memories of tunes I simply had to track down and really couldn't classify (as is often the case with Sasha at Fabric).

A fantastic evening, by my reckoning - I've been going out clubbing regularly these last few months after a while away from doing so, yet this night topped any recent techno bill I've had the pleasure to attend with the last hour and a half perfectly programmed and mixed.  Whoever commented on train wrecks throughout the night wasn't there; there was one particularly poor piece of beat-matching, but lots of genuine moments of musical alchemy.

Alas, I only arrived at 2:30am or so, hence can't comment on anything other than the Trade live set and Sasha's epic performance.

Nice review, Gaz...this got played around 5:45am

Cheers Liquitech1.  Anyone able to ID anything from the last couple of hours?

I thought the first hour sounded more like Loco Dice or Nic Fanciulli - techy, bompety beats, basslines and only the odd hypnotic sequence.  Whilst I enjoyed this to a point, one track had such a cringeworthy spoken word vocal I had to leave the dancefloor.  It's also worth noting that there was no light whatsoever for the first 35 mins of the set - definitely a ploy as the first big vocal number saw the mirror ball lit up and the tension created by the darkness alleviated.  This first hour was also too crowded, as everyone packed into the room post-Surgeon and Blawan's excellent live hardware set.

But hey, if you're playing for 4 hours, you're allowed to spend an hour setting the mood.  Come 5am, the dancefloor emptied out a little, and by 6am Sasha was on fire - a delightful mix of Traum-esque melodic techno, dreamy progressive and occasional flashes of dark, tribal brilliance.  Whilst one or two tracks had cloying or overly repetitive riffs, I left the floor with a whole host of memories of tunes I simply had to track down and really couldn't classify (as is often the case with Sasha at Fabric).

A fantastic evening, by my reckoning - I've been going out clubbing regularly these last few months after a while away from doing so, yet this night topped any recent techno bill I've had the pleasure to attend with the last hour and a half perfectly programmed and mixed.  Whoever commented on train wrecks throughout the night wasn't there; there was one particularly poor piece of beat-matching, but lots of genuine moments of musical alchemy.

Alas, I only arrived at 2:30am or so, hence can't comment on anything other than the Trade live set and Sasha's epic performance.

That was the best night out I've had in ages. The venue was decent, the sound system crisp, John was playing as though he was having fun, with a great flow but lots of variety. There were two tracks around 11pm and two around 1am that were simply stunning, and all tunes I didn't recognise.

Also I know the night was sold out, but the capacity in there seems reasonable and as the crowd were great there was none of the usual pushing and shoving, just dancing and having fun! I only moved from the dance floor on three quick occasions to grab more water.

Agreed this would make a great release - unlikely as there's already been "live in London", but it'd be great to hear this set again in some form... and hopefully the whole thing! ;-)

Thanks to John and anyone I was dancing with!

G

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Dermo where'd you get that picture of me?!  Naturally the only chart that counts!  (Everyone's centre of their own universe, right?!)
It's www.barricaderadio.co.uk from 9-11pm btw, I'll post the list on here after 2nd Jan when the whole lot's been broadcast.
G

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Will do 40-21 on Barricade Radio tomorrow, but yeah, Millsy, this has been a massive year for Traum, no doubt about it.

Did anybody stay to the end?  What time did it finish and what did John finish with?  Also, any reports from rooms 2 and 3?

I'm absolutely gutted to have missed this night - was looking forward to it from the moment the bill was announced, and was still looking forward to it less than 12 hours before the event, when a dramatic change in circumstances meant I had to make the difficult but correct decision to give this one a miss.

Very glad that this seemed to be a good night, though!!!

Sitting up to watch the first day and we've actually started really positively.  Which is something.  Thanks to Clarke for giving us a chance to bat first!!!

Any speculation as to who Swanny WAS referring to, then, in world cricket, if not KP?!

Time flies but I only last saw Sasha and Digweed play together December 09 at the Warehouse Project.  Digweed warmed it up nicely with some solid tech-house, Sasha came on and should, by rights have stolen the show, despite only playing for around 45mins... he played an invigorating and original set of melodic music, light on rhythm but special as hell.  But Digweed came back on and ramped things back up with a brilliant selection of no-holds-barred techno, and deserved all the accolades.  After all, given they were billed for around 6 hours, and John played in excess of 5 of those, he probably deserved the props regardless of Sasha's superb cameo.

Still, I've seen both DJs countless times since and they both still have the power to amaze.  I understand they've drifted apart musically, but that, somehow, makes the idea of a "proper" back to back set (e.g. in their case swapping half hours all evening) all the more enticing.  It's sad if this article (which I've not read, to be fair) suggests we'll not hear that again.  Still, we've got some brilliant memories over the years, and at least we still have their individual talents to enjoy.

GC
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Oh... My... Fu(king... God...
I thought the room 1 line up was hot.  And now I find Blue Fu(king Amazon are playing?!
John-on-amonday, your room looks sh!t hot.  This is massive news... and thank you!
GC
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The design in question is half way down this page:

http://www.mercuryserver.com/forums/sho … -28th-2010

Anyone?!

Hey,
This is a long shot, but if anyone has a spare navy Bedrock "B" hoodie (the one that looked like Celtic knotwork from a distance) or would be prepared to part for one for cash please let me know... I've just come back from Glade and this hoodie, an engagement present to my fiancee, has gone missing.  If anyone doesn't wear this any more or would prefer to have cash in its place, please PM me.  It would make my month.  (Alternatively if anyone knows how I can get my hands on one...)
Ta.
Gaz

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(48 replies, posted in General Bedrock Discussion)

OK, if this is an official roll call I'm in.  It's good to have Bedrock back as a regular event.

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I've got 2 spare tickets going for this month's Bedrock - please drop me a PM if you're interested in the pair.  I can hand these over in the vicinity of the venue before the night starts.
Cheers,
Gaz

Our new mix is now up on Mixcloud:
http://www.mixcloud.com/Cloudandgirl/se … the-night/
The mix title is a Philip K Dick quote.  I think the tracklisting gives you an idea of what to expect.
Any feedback appreciated, PM me if anyone would like a download link.
Gaz

John Digweed & Nick Muir - Bilder (Wiretappeur Reprise) (Bedrock)
Max Cooper-  Echoes Reality (Si Begg Remix) (Traum Schallplatten)
Denis A - Universe (Original Mix) (DAR)
Legowelt - Wherever We Go
Donnacha Costello - Hello I Must Be Going (Original Mix) (Pokerflat)
Ghosting Season - Dead Man's Switch
Philogresz - Isolated Funk Ensemble (Sarah Goldfarb Mix) (Treibstoff)
Radiohead - Reckoner (Henry Saiz Remix)
Dusky feat. Janai - Lost In You (Dub Mix) (AnjunaDeep)
Jonsson/Alter - En Livfull Skildring (Original Mix) (Kontra Musik)
SLAM - Lifetimes (Pan Pot Tribute To Life Remix) (Soma)
Funk D’Void - Stellar Gardens (Egbert Remix) (Outpost)
Timo Maas - Cash Johnny (Alan Fitzpatrick's Mass Destruction) (Rockets & Ponies)
Filippo Mancinelli & Allen May - The Hills (John Selway Dub) (Darkroom Dubs)
Mike Felks - Blade Runner (Jimmy Le Mac Remix) (405 Blue)
Alexi Delano & Cari Lekebusch - Off World Wonder (Original Mix) (H-Productions)
Marcel Dettmann - Translation Two (Osgut Ton)
Marco Bailey & Tom Hades - Garden Dance (Original Mix) (MB Electronics)
Fergie - Blackout (Original Mix) (Housekeepin’ Records)
Bart Claessen - Fantomah (Original Mix) (Doorn)
Steve Hillage - Garden Of Paradise (Virgin)
The Shamen - Sefirotic Axis (One Little Indian)
Tangerine Dream - Warsaw In The Sun (Part 1) (Jive Electro)
Radiohead - Good Evening Mrs. Magpie (Modeselektor Rmx) (XL)
Alan Fitzpatrick - Moon Palace (Original Mix) (Bedrock)
Agoria - Panta Rei (Balearic Mix)  (Infine)
Scuba - Never (Original Mix) (Hotflush)