Rated 2 out of
Auditory Tautology from Ben Frost
First something must be said about the support act Visionist. I missed a lot of him due to arriving after the start so take what I am saying with a pinch of salt but he seemed just rather static. A laptop on a table with a bloke pressing a few keys now an again in front of a screen with some rather interesting imagery being shown was not that entertaining. However I missed rather a lot of him so perhaps I really should not be too harsh though it seemed to be rather like a student art project.
Between acts the screen was removed to reveal an array of keyboards and other interesting devices in front of a large Mylar screen. Ben and his assistant arrived on stage to a cheer from the crowd and then it started. Off Ben went and initially it was very good with his industrial noise experimental sound, light shining on the Mylar screen adding an interesting effect. However it then just got a bit dull and repetitive hearing much the same thing over and over again. The visual effects then helped to spice things up with another screen behind the initial one becoming visible with imagery very similar to that used by the ‘Boards of Canada’ in their YouTube clip for ‘Dayvan Cowboy’, it looked wonderful. On and on Ben droned. Only five days before I had seen Anna von Hausswolff and she too extended her music however in her case it made things better not worse!
However as the set progressed the nature of the sound changed to become slightly more electronica in nature and I thought this was for the better. It has to be said though a fair number of people were slouching off to do other more interesting things. The majority of the audience did remain and appeared to be enjoying themselves so perhaps not that bad.
Overall slightly disappointing as the concert really added nothing more to what you can hear on vinyl, download etc. Having heard his music on the radio etc. I was expecting something better.
Date published: 2018-03-18