I enjoy recording my live performances, and have done so for the majority of the gigs I've had. These tracks have a mix of (glaring) errors, (fumbled) spontaneity, and (wonderful) moments. All of these things are what makes playing live interesting and fun for me, and I enjoy returning to the recording of the live set to hear different takes on a track, and new ideas in action. Some may feel the live music should remain of that moment, though I feel this take is too precious: the experience of "being there" cannot be replicated by a recording listened to on a different system in a different setting than that it was recorded in.
The Bowery Poetry Club recordings are tracks I played in between bands' sets during which they broke down and set up their equipment. This led to longer track times, yet I chose not to edit them for this release because I find I enjoy listening to them in their entirety. The other recordings here are of more "traditional" live sets.
(Version) in a track title shows this track has appeared before, whether in a live setting, on a recording, or online somewhere. None of these tracks have been edited: you hear these tracks as they were recorded.
Other live scutopus recordings here on Bandcamp are as follows: Balls to the Wall, a collaborative live set at a "dodgeball rave" at scutopus.bandcamp.com/album/balls-to-the-wall
and the last track of Possibly Detritus, scutopus.bandcamp.com/album/possibly-detritus
which was made in the same manner as the other tracks on that release, only in front of people.
Included in the download are photos from two scutogigs from 2002, neither of which were audio recorded: MEGADUMB2002 on a rooftop in Brooklyn, NY, and at the Korova Milk Bar in NYC. Vaudeville Park and Knitting Factory tracks have a photo from the gig as the track art.
All included sets based around the Machinedrum UW.
released December 9, 2018
Thank you: those who got me these gigs, specifically the extended Time of Orchids/Brutal Prog family in NYC, and those who influenced and appeared in these recordings.