A venue I used to run called Public Assembly was build at the site of a former mayonnaise factory on North 6th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Above the room’s main hall were two large metal tanks –once home to vinegar and egg whites, I believe. I want to say they were about 35’ long and 9’ in diameter. On the front of one tank was a small porthole just large enough for a person to crawl through. It did not feel particularly safe, but once inside you heard an amazing natural reverb we dubbed the “mayoverb”.
is Upstairs was a short-lived series where musicians performed live in the tanks, footage of which was projected live down in the main room. Super-short lived. Just twice … people felt really uneasy in there. I called it this because before someone would start their set I’d say something like “Ladies and gentleman, Jason Sanford is upstairs..”. If you looked up, you could see the curve of the tanks dimly lit through some metal grate flooring. In addition to the nights I organized, I worked with La Blogoteque to have Colin Stetson perform a work in there for video.
Night Two: Feb 19, 2013
(with Norther Spy Records)
Jason Sanford (Neptune)
Patrick Higgins (Zs)
Eli Keszler and Ashley Paul (duo)
Night One: November 12th, 2012
Pat Noecker (as RAFT)
Ranges from full sets to short clips. Apologies there’s not more of Tristan’s set –we had a lot of issues with the cameras and dust.
Bonus Material: Here’s La Blogoteque’s video of Colin Stetson in the tank:
Light Asylum’s video for Heart of Dust (Mexican Summer), directed by Grant Worth and David Riley, had scenes shot in the tanks:
2s and 4s (Julio Monterrey, Matt Parker, Mikkel Hess and David Mason) performed in the tank, too. This video was produced by m ss ng p cesL