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Misery and Despair

How depressing...

How depressing…

Inside Out artist Freja [Limelight, Glass at the Speed of Light], Oswestry creative Neil Phillips [366 teeshirts, Awesome Zombie Ants, Supermarket: The Musical] and Shropshire band The Contact High came together last night for an evening of despondency and introspection at The Ironworks.

Gloom was billed as an evening of ¬†musical melancholy, perfectly suited to the grim depths of February. A mournful playlist lived up to all depressing expectations, with enough dark, lonely tracks to dampen even the sunniest of spirits. The Contact High also lived up to their reputation, bringing a touch of garage psychedelia to the musical desolation. Freja’s fitful downlighting was ghost-show of shadows, trapping everyone in a lonely noir-esque web of murky flickers. At times, the band, awash with dim spills of red and blue, looked like stumbling refugees from a zombie apocalypse, their music the soundtrack to a Winter of Discontent.

The crowd of morose foot-shufflers who came to indulge their sorrows and who wouldn’t catch your eye moped around sulkily all night, finally creeping off around two. A thoroughly miserable night, as grim and bleak as everyone expected.

Let’s do this again!

If Music be the Food of Artists…?

Play it again, Samantha…

Had a really interesting discussion yesterday morning up at Glyndwr about music and art – or more specifically, about music and artists.

How many of us listen to music while we work? How important is it what kind of music we listen to? Does different kind of music inspire us to work in particular ways? How do we listen to our music – out loud, on headphones, via the radio? Do we listen to music when we work that we don’t listen to at any other time? Do we feel that music shapes our work? What about viewing art while listening to music? How does that shape our understanding of and appreciation of what we’re looking at? What about music¬†and art? How many of us include music or sound as an integral part of our work? What difference might it make if we don’t… but did? What about “suggested playlists” for viewing our work? Book authors sometimes make suggestions for playlists, and musicians sometimes suggest reading lists – but I’m not aware of visual artists making similar connections.

Anyway, fascinating discussion – no conclusions reached, but plenty of ideas generated. I can feel a playlist coming on…

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