hosted by the YM Rockerz and DJane Manou
Saturday the 19th of November. I had more or less forced my
girlfriend to come with me to Stockholm this cold day. So, what
happened in the capital of Sweden to make it worth a three hour
trip on a crowded train? Now, isn't that obvious? It was the
party that had been on everybodys lips the latest couple of
months, Microdisko - hosted by the YM Rockerz and DJane Manou.
And that's not a party in the sense we sceners are used to, you
know with Atari- freaks, chipmusics and booze... or wait, it
really was such a party, wasn't it? ;)
When we had arrived in Stockholm in the afternoon me and my
girlfriend secured a bed at the pre-booked hotel and took a walk
in the city, mainly to find a place to eat and to check out the
location where the party would be held. Snow had started falling
as we walked back to the hotel for showering and getting ready
for our big/micro night out.
We were among the first to arrive to Microdisko. Only Baggio and
some other guys were there waiting at the gates already. The
snow had now turned into some greyish sludge and was
treacherously slippery on random places. Evil, Gizmo and the
others from #atariswe arrived a little later after being guided
phonewise by Baggio.
Microdisko, or "Alcazar" as the bar is called was luckily not as
pretentious as I expected it would be. Accually it was a pretty
small place (guests allowed: 150), a bit worn and very personal
which is the way i like it. The first sounds heard was gwEm
sound-checking some detroit/acid tune which sounded really cool.
Me and my girlfriend bought our first beers and joined a table
where some #atariswe-dudes were talking.
The night was of course characterized by micromusic. DJane Manou
was standing by the decks in a corner of the hall playing
everything from 8/4bit covers of "The Doors" to "Lotek Style"
and "Dma-Sc" to speedy elektro breakbeats by "Cylob".
Then, at 2200 hours Manous beats faded out and Marcers YM2149
took over ...
Now, the dudes from Mikrodisko should have supplied me with a
recording from the gig, but there has been no sign of it so I
guess I have to write from memory (which may not be 100%
accurate due to the ammount of alcohol i had consumed during the
very night, and the fact that this event happened over a month
Anyway, this was Marcers first YM-gig as I've understood. A big
part of his material was built upon covering others tracks. We
could hear some "Lotus" and "Noisy Pillars", but all of a sudden
a female voice was heared during a 3ch cover of "Madonna - La
Isla Bonita". He had his girlfriend singing live on the set! The
performance was nice, and got the crowd into the mood i guess,
with tunes they recognized and all... however, Marcer didn't
look to busy/concerned with what he was doing... Sometimes he
was accually quite idle standing looking at the dancing crowd.
I'd like to see more commitment next time, but in all a nice
Marcer x-faded into Dubmoods first tune and Marcer left the
stage. Dubmoods set consisted of some original material aswell
as some covers. I cannot remember exacly what titles were
played, but an YM-cover of Dope (Complex 1995) was one welcome
addition to the playlist. Then all of a sudden Dubmood had his
posse of MC:s and singers on stage, imho there were a little too
many people on that small stage, and the fact that the singers
had had a couple of beers didn't make the performance better.
However, it was interesting listening to Dubmoods material live.
I like his style and I'd like to see/hear more of this in a
tighter performance, so keep it up!
After these two livesets Manou had an hour or so to fill with
noise in her own specific electro-freak manner...
Crazy Q:s set on the YM2149 at midnight was a blast. The sound
volume was now higher than before and his original tunes in
house/funk-style was welcomed by the audience. In addition to
the YM-chip he had an effect-box with an cutoffish effect which
gave an extra dimension to the 4bit noise. In the middle of the
liveset I almost choked on a beer as I got "Parallax Lover"
dedicated to me through the loudspeakers. I cannot say much
more, this performance was smooth and tight and the STJ was as
relaxed as confident. More of this plz!
gwEm, the enhanced one, climbs up the stage with his electric
guitar and homeboy drummer/MC for giving the last live
performance of the night. This man sure knows how to deliver.
The style was not in line with my expectations. I thought this
set would have as much chippie-character as the previous sets,
but instead... this was metal! Black Sabbaths Paranoid is one
tune I can remember. Then, the gig continues with various
styles, some hiphopish rhyming from the MC, mididrums/percussion
are connected to maxYMiser (I believe) giving a human touch to
the sound. This is something rarely seen/heared in our nation in
the north and people might have had a hard time adapting to some
of these aggressive cyberpunk tunes. However, I thought it was a
cool performance and would like to hear more of this!
During the hour between gwEms set and closing time, we pretty
much just hung around talking, taking a photo of us 5(!) Rockerz
present at Microdisko, some random chilling, that's all. At
closing it seemed like most of us were too tired for an after-
party, at least I and my girlfriend went back to the hotel to
rest before the journey home the next morning.
Big ups for this cool event goes to everyone involved!
Timbral for Alive, 2005-12-23