Cosmosis and Ajja - Live at The Giger Museum
Ajja and Cosmosis and - Live at The Giger Museum
Last weekend saw a one-off, improvised live electronic performance by Cosmosis and Ajja at the Giger Museum, Switzerland. The artist HR Giger is probably best known for designing the creatures in the Alien Movies as well as the entire sets for the movies.
We were there to improvise a sonic backdrop to the Art-Fusion event: (four visual artists. Paul Booth, Sabine Gaffron, Titine Leu, and Filip Leu painting a large canvas simultaneously in realtime in front of a live audience ) on the opening night of Paul Booth's exhibition in the museum.
Ajja and I kicked off the music just after the international press conference had finished and the painting had begun...
Given that the audience came primarily to see the live painting, most people were watching the live painting not us, which meant that Ajja and I could just concentrate fully on playing instruments, creating sounds and making the music without having to worry too much about what we looked like or putting on a show...
Both of us took turns playing whatever instrument the other wasn't playing - either bass guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, swapping over instruments sometimes several times during one track . Additionally we were recording live loops of those instruments on the fly - as well as tweaking cutoff on acid sequences, playing the dub fx sends and the kaoss pad. Occasionally both Ajja and I ended up playing electric guitar.
Actually "taking turns" sounds a lot more organised than it was, it was more chaotic than that - we really just went with playing whatever instrument the music required at that moment - attempting to improvise the music we were creating in realtime to catch the vibe present in the room during the "PJ" set.
We recorded a multitrack of the instruments seperately and are currently working in the studio, mixing down some of the material for a live album - tentatively titled, yes, you've guessed it: "Live at The Giger Museum"
The music runs from trippy-ambient to rock-edged, trancy electronic funk (With tempos maxing out at 112bpm)
Here's a snippet from one of the tracks:
(Note how Ajja sneaks the tune from "Oh Suzanna" into his solo at 2.37 :)
Ajja - Bass Guitar, Electric guitar, Classical Guitar, Looping, FX and dub tweakage, Kaoss pad.
Billy Cosmosis - Bass Guitar, Electric guitar, Classical Guitar, FX and dub tweakage, Kaoss pad.
Live art fusion: Photos by Bobby C. Alkabes
The museum and some of the exhibits:
The artist HR Giger is probably best known for designing the creatures in the Alien Movies as well as the entire sets...
Photos by Bobby C. Alkabes