Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Hugo Lambrechts Music School

Alright be offline for a while good to be back the next to posts have a music theme. Enjoy.

Attending a music event in support of  a friend is an assured great evening. Especially if he is the very talented violinist and producer, Ruan Liebenberg. The journey to the Auditorium is like an adventure to something great. You venture through a slightly deteriorated CBD to a building that turns it's back on the road. Then you step into the entrance path.

The building slowly invites you inside with the inside/ outside space relationship blurred thanks to the curved sweeping lines, stepping segments cutting into each other and frameless curtain walls.

In the reception area the spaces flow past each other with mezzanine floors creating differentiation and procession in the bottom space, while offering a smaller more intimate space above.

Then you step into the auditorium. It has a warm atmosphere owing to the wood cladding and bright lights. The curved form makes for a very inviting happy space. The seating is arranged for each person's enjoyment. The pockets of seating makes for more personal mini audiences, while giving height and a sense of formalness to the space. The evening was very enjoyable with young artists opening. Then leading on to the main event at the end where the most experienced artists as well as the principle taking part in a show. The favourites of the evening were the more dramatic movie music pieces such as various pieces from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Looking from the mezzanine level one is still in contact with the goings-on below but has a spatial separation which creates a calmer space for those who want to relax or focus.

The gentle curves of the building make the whole event feel special. The space below the mezzanine is where tickets are purchased as well as various refreshments. Thus the procession would be a smaller space denoting entrance, into a large space for many people to stand together and meet up without feeling claustrophobic to a more intimate space for softer interaction for purchasing various items to a large, warm soft space for a grand main event.

The quiet.

This building sings architecturally like the music that issues from the finely crafted and practiced instruments in the auditorium.


Skrillex at the Ostrich Ranch. What an experience!
The great thing about an event like this is the way everyone shouts all kinds of nonsense. we were cheering for Skrillex in Alvin Risk's set and shouting "YEAH BOY!" The DJ's were PHENOMINAL we got there for Niskerone's set, the local big name in drum and bass. After him was Haezer another HUGE local DJ. Then was Alvin Risk who displayed a wonderful balance in his set between skull crushing madness and light floating tunes. What made him great? He did his own vocals! Next up 12th PLANET! He was crazy when he did the stage dive after dancing around the stage it was the pinnacle of his set. It was then followed by a 30 minute countdown. 

The countdown featured scenes in Cape Town, what an AMAZING city. Then out came the man himself SKRILLEX. Go to the link to see a short clip of what made his performance so good.

The whole evening was filled with lights, strobes, pirotechnics, lasers, smoke and RED FLAMES that blasted sky high  when he dropped the beat. The graphics were very well concieved with bright colours, big movement and fantastic designs.

This man is such an entertainer. He was jumping from one side of the booth to the other like a  10-year-old with ADHD who just got a new Wii. It was great to see such passion. Then when he played cinema he said, "This one goes out to all the ladies. Guys turn to the closest lady and ask her respectfully if you can put her on your shoulders." Then all that was seen was a crowd of ladies above the audience enjoying his masterpiece. 

Another time he got up on his booth, while the song was building, hyped up the crowd, jumped down and then DROPPED the climax as if the world was going to end. At one stage he removed his glasses and headphones so that he could head-bang... That's how crazy it was.

Another moment that was breath-taking was when he slowed down the tempo and played Summit. The lasers moved gently through the smoke and it formed a canopy like in a forest. It was serene and beautiful. It was the way that Sonny Moore combined brilliant music, balance between high point and slow down, graphics, flashing lights and audience engagement that made this so special, truly a night I will never forget.