Tuesday, April 17, 2007

And They All Fit Together In The Same Machine

Equipe Out, Paris 1984

What a line-up ... L to R: Sophia Domancich, Pip Pyle, Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper and Didier Malherbe.

Just the presence of a couple of Soft Machiners and a Gonghead or two would make this a marvellous photo - and Domancich too? Cor! Of course, the Canterbury Sceners (yes, I know, an inexact and very loose term for a huge and proliferating approach to making music ... not so much a sound as a frame of mind) interacted with each other on such a grand scale that one could pick an infinite number of photos of an infinite number of groups that featured one or another combination of these reprobates, but I like this photo a lot; they all look happy (apart from a slightly pensive looking Mr Pyle) and it's always nice to see Dean and Hopper together. Didn't they grow to resemble each other?

Sad to say, very sad actually, Elton Dean and Pip Pyle are no longer around and making music - both passed on last year.

Nice picture, though.


Blogger St. Anthony said...

And where would we all be without the good offices of Daevid Allen?

5:00 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

It's only in the past year we've discovered anything from the Canterbury Scene - compilations of Soft Machine, Gong and Kevin Ayers. Lovely stuff, except Soft Machine did get a bit too jazz rock for me later on.

On Sunday in Reculver we saw a man and woman who looked suspiciously like they could have been part of it all.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I do prefer the earlier Soft Machine - some of the later stuff tends towards fusion. Like a lot of Hopper's stuff ... trouble is, they were all so prolific, that there are dozens and dozens of albums to check out. Kevin Ayers! What a man (actually, he's not prolific at all)... wish he'd stayed in S.M. longer.
It always amuse me when you see someone who looks like they might have been around then .... still flying the freak flag high, as I believe the vernacular used to be.

8:29 AM  
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5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the spammers make for eloquent reading these days. I reckon old WSB would be proud of that one!

8:27 PM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Yes, that reads strangely like a cut-up ... a hitherto lost section from The Soft Machine ... another example of the congruence between the avant garde and advertising?

7:34 AM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Yes, the later versions of Soft Machine lost so much of what made them interesting in the first place ... certainly by the time Wyatt, Dean and Hopper were gone.
Ayers bailed out so ealry on, you wonder what they would have been like had he stayed on ... surely the tension between his pop whimsy and the jazz direction would have made his departure inevitable sooner or later.

Maybe there's still a hippie commune somewhere near Reculver.

7:42 AM  
Blogger murmurists said...

Gong and its environs - we like.

Reculver - never heard of that before. What a great name for a place! The Reculver Commune - great.

I've never got to hear any Matching Mole - Wyatt's post-Softs band.

Currently very into Henry Cow, this end. Fred Frith - what a fella.

2:00 PM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

The constantly expanding multiverse of Gong ... you could get lost in there for years.
Reculver - the Kent connection; maybe some long-lost members of the Canterbuy Scene fetched up there.
Matching Mole - kind of a more extreme version of Soft Machine, or Wyatt's bits of it. Yes, Frith is one of those characters - only ever marches to his own drum.

4:17 PM  
Blogger iLL Man said...

St Anthony, that's the first time I've heard spammers referred to in such a way. Beats pointlessly swearing yr head off at them I suppose.....

1:49 AM  
Blogger alex said...

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5:53 AM  
Anonymous Molly said...

I reckon that we should maybe make cut-ups of the cut-ups and see what we can come up with. Make Spam fritters of Spam.

Spam Fritters were lovely actually.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Molly said...

Although the last one from Alex is probably a little bit difficult to cut-up wouldn't you say. Dot to dot. Slips of the ellipsis. Elliptical nightmares. Dot dot dot. And all of that kind of cliffhanger type music that you get with dot dot dot. Actually I'm sure Steve Reich would like some repetitive dot type music. Or Terry Reilly. Or Michael Nyman.

Sorry...got carried away there and almost started a piece of creativity...dot dot dot.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Mooly Moll said...

Morse Code.

Or even Inspector Morse code.

Now I'm just being silly.

Say thankyou to Lewis.

10:41 AM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

If it's Morse Code the message reads iiiiiiiiiiiiiis ... what's it all about?
I reckon I'd like to join the Reculver Commune.
Say thank you to Lewis (sob).

11:19 AM  
Blogger cocaine jesus said...

and of course centipede and the keith tippet group.

1:59 PM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Keith Tippet ... yay! Centipede ... if you were looking for a jazz/prog supergroup, you couldn't do any better. Cool.

2:20 PM  

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