Various live reviews including The Orb, Vapourspace, Megadog and Autechre’s debut, 11th December 1993

March 16, 2009

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By the beard of Zeus! These 2 pages of live reviews are the fucking motherlode of IDM (sorry for terrible genre moniker) it’s seems incredible that all this happened within the same week. Where to fucking start?

Well probably best to hi-light the smallest, most shoddily written review of Autechre’s debut live performance first cause it’s easily missed. I know hindsight is a marvellous thing and all that but given given that Incanubula (A STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) had already been released they’re not given nearly enough prominence on the page. If you were there please comment!

Reynolds gets the dream ticket of Vapourspace, Aphex Twin, Moby (before he wrote music to sell cars) and Orbital. Reynold’s nails the description of Vapourspace’s Gravitational Arch of 10 (another STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) as “cyber-Bach variations that make your flesh ripple” and that’s before the E kicks in.

Push takes on The Orb at Brixton Academy and makes me smile with “As The Orb journey further into the fourth dimension, several members of the audience enter the fifth” and continues in the same playful manner at the Megadog, “because the bar shuts fours hours before the close of play – extra curricular activity is ordained. In the name of duty, in the name of investigative journalism; in the name of…oh, sod it, you only live once.” Too right matey!

There’s 3,000 people inside but a thousand have been turned away at the gates by the time Trans Global Underground take to the stage. A thousand! A fucking thousand that didn’t get in! Does any club get even a thousand people inside it these days?

“It’s six am and Megadog comes to a blinding, light-up halt. We smile in unison with the sweaty bodies that surround us, knowing that we’ve just experienced the very best club in the world. Ever”

Those were the days. Those were the fucking days.

Vapourspace – Gravitational Arch of 10 (this is the radio edit – get the long version)


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8 Responses to “Various live reviews including The Orb, Vapourspace, Megadog and Autechre’s debut, 11th December 1993”

  1. Matt Ford Says:

    Great to read these reviews – Thanks so much for putting the effort into your site. Good work and please keep going!

  2. hoof Says:

    Wow, I was actually at that Orb gig, and the Megadog gig too. Succumbing to waves of nostalgia now. Great stuff as always.

  3. phil Says:

    ah, hmm, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

    listening to it in the cold light of day, without stimulants, glo-sticks or nostalgia, gravitational arch of ten just sounds like a gay aerobics instructor falling in a gum chewing, fist pumping k-hole.

    work that body.

  4. Charles Says:

    I’d like to point out that in all my many and varied cliched drugged moments I have never, ever used a glo-stick. Fallen off podiums, awoken in complete strangers houses and trips to A&E yes; but glo-sticks – never!

    My abiding memory of this track is it playing in a field in Devon while we search by torchlight for a microdot lost in the grass.

  5. Littlepixel Says:

    I didnae know you were a fan of the old Gravitational Arc of 10 (or is it IO?)

    Stupendous flippin brilliance right there – in 12″ and longform CD version. I have them both.

    I’m about to put it on.

  6. Littlepixel Says:

    PS You should also get the Vapour Space LP: ‘Spacewalk’ on it is just fucking excellent

  7. born2rant Says:

    Hello There

    Nice to see someone remembers Megadog. I was more involved in Club Dog and the crazy gigs/parties we organised previously to the Megadog days. I write about a lotof random stuff but some of the prehistory of Megadog is on my blog ( mainly old entries)with comments from Michael Dog under a pseudonym in the “about me” section ,and even comments from Matthew Wright from the the Wright Stuff in case you are interested!
    Love and Peace Born2rant
    I must write more on my blog about these things since quite a few people are interested.

  8. born2rant Says:

    oops my blog is at

    wwww.hippiecounterculture.wordpress.com

    Born2rant!


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