The Analog Girl @ Esplanade Recital Studio (8.11.12)

November 12, 2012

Esplanade - Theatres By the Bay/Martin Chua

Esplanade - Theatres By the Bay/Martin Chua

Local electronic musician The Analog Girl performed live last Thursday, as part of the Late Nite series by the Esplanade and the launch of her new album, Tonight Your Love. Joining the 38-year-old on stage was bassist/percussionist Andy Yang, as well as visual collaborators Afiq Omar and Brandon Tay of Syndicate.

The show, titled ‘Tonight You’re Mine’, was held in the Esplanade Recital Studio and although it wasn’t filled to the brim with people by any means, the atmosphere at the venue was intimate and relaxing. In the words of The Analog Girl, it was her “album launch party”, and it did feel like one — just for fans and friends. After the lights were dimmed and the filler music stopped, The Analog Girl and her special guests for the night stepped on stage. And with only lights emitting from the audiovisual elements present, The Analog Girl asked the audience who were seated on the floor to stand up and step forward — and the show began.

Using her Tenori-on, iPad, laptop and Audiocubes, she performed songs from her new album as well as her 2007 EP, Sometime Next Galaxy. Her music has always been a marriage of otherworldly, spacey, ethereal and haunting vocals with ambient electronic bleeps and bloops, which is what she does best; and her new material doesn’t stray from her signature sound. There wasn’t a particular moment that stood out to me but it didn’t matter because the show was consistently good.

What made her concert interesting was the electronic musical instruments she used, especially the Tenori-on to create beats and the Audiocubes that lit up with different colours as she moved them around to trigger MIDI notes. The addition of Andy Yang also gave the audience something else to look at. Apart from bass and percussion, he also played a wind instrument that looked like a much bigger version of a didgeridoo.

The visuals were fascinating, especially when the VJ booth was set up like a table in a science lab — scattered with syringes and different coloured liquids — and were supposedly “organic”, made using vibrations from the music fed into a bowl of water and some generative feedback loops.

Tonight You’re Mine definitely brought something fresh to the table in terms of live performances, what with all the newfangled instruments used and visuals made with a combination of art and science. Sure, the novelty factor will wear off some day, but it’s always good to see innovation and progress coming from musicians and artists, especially in Singapore.

By Cindy Tan