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I made my way to Paris on Saturday the 18th of October. The show was scheduled at midnight. It took place at "Le Batofar" along the river Seine and nearby the huge "François Mitterand" library. When I finally got to Le Batofar, neither was there a crowd, nor waiting queues... What a surprise! Then I asked a security guard "Is the show about to start?", "Sorry we have hi-fi issues tonight, it's postponed 90 minutes. The show is going to start at 01:30 am, but do enter on the deck and have a drink.", he said with a frank smile. I had a beer or two on the deck and it became really painful to wait. The thing that struck me was the people coming to Le Batofar as I've always wondered what does the Dopplereffekt audience look like and basically none of them seemed there to attend the show. I was like " Are they coming to attend the show or is Le Batofar a hip place to be?" I was definitely right and the security guard with his 'smile' had deliberately mislead me. Actually the show happened downstairs and when I came out of the deck I saw a huge waiting queue on the other side of Le Batofar. To be honest around 150 persons were waiting. I heard a guy from Genève (Swiss) give the security guard hell and so did I. I reckon it was 01:00 am when we joined the waiting queue. Five minutes later everybody was talking about the technical issue they had to face. Then the organizer came out to say "It's gonna be difficult to see them live tonight, we are really sorry." I asked why and he answered, "There's a technical issue on Gerald's synth". But what kind of issue I asked? "There's actually not enough RAM, we called on one hundred persons tonight to solve the problem but we did not find RAM supplies. Sorry. You can now enter for free and your presale ticket will be totally refunded." I was like, come on not enough RAM?! It happened a couple of month ago! Why didn't they manage to bring RAM supplies to prevent this kind of unfortunate issue? I was astonished and I went back to Bordeaux, my home town.
This week, I received an email from Le Batofar basically saying that Dopplereffekt will play live on Saturday the 25th of October. So they accepted either to stay in Paris or to be back a week later. Great news! I made my way to Paris again. The show was scheduled at 08:00 pm and actually doors open at 08:00 PM, the live performance was scheduled at 09:30 pm... Well... A very very long wait. A DJ was mixing strange pieces of music, without any transitions, tweaking the knobs when you wouldn't and to be honest nobody cared about him. The audience gave no acknowledgement but he kept going. At 09:30 pm we were absolutely fed up of him because we were all waiting for Dopplereffekt and his mix definitely did not help us enter the atmosphere of the upcoming show. 09:40 pm he was still mixing. 09:50 pm... 10:00 pm... 10:05 pm the organizer came up and he made a sign with his hand "five minutes". At that moment I felt my heart beat a little harder. The event I've been waiting for ages was about to happen for real. At 10:08 pm, they shut down the light and the atmosphere became really dark, only two blue lights were still on. The door opened and To Nhan Le Thi and Gerald walked quickly to their synths. They began playing immediately after. I laughed when I saw their masks. Like latex ones veiling their entire face. Sadomasochism? I suppose. To Nhan Le Thi was a little lower than Gerald. They were wearing classic dark clothes like scientific lecturers.
- Hyperelleptic Surfaces, the final part with the tweaked choirs.
- Intro track from La Géode live Youtube video part 2.
- Track with many layers, see the Bios live show (Athens) video on YouTube.
- Hyperelleptic Surfaces, part 2, when the bassline starts.
- This awesome brand new track they first played at Malmo (Swe) last Feb 2008. Very aquatic, very smooth.
- Brand new track.
- This track like a trance tune, very colliding, very fast pace, also appeared live in Malmo in Feb 2008 (actually they already played this one a year ago in Malmo but the tempo was slower).
- Roche Limit, the version they played at La Géode (YouTube video part 8) or during the Kontramusik festival in 2007.
- Track from Dopplereffekt Live at Kontramusik festival, Malmo, Youtube Video.
On a technical note. Two Korg synths. A huge 88 keys Triton Studio for Kim and the usual 61 keys Triton LE for Gerald. The EXB-SMPL sampling option was onboard. Each layer is a sample he creates with this option. They were both linked via a MIDI cable. No damper, no individual audio outputs. As you can see on the pictures, To Nhan Le Thi was a little lower than Gerald like a slave and the MIDI configuration was exactly the same. The MIDI cable was plugged in the "MIDI OUT" of Gerald's synth going to the "MIDI IN" of her one so he can control program changes on the Triton Studio and a variety of parameters I guess. The LE is running a "cuelist".
To conclude I have nothing more to say about the tracks they played. They are all very well known. The same goes for the sequencing... Done again and again! I do have to mention the counting thing that Gerald is known to do. He relentlessly did the same thing throughout the show. I sometimes laughed when he followed the sound textures with his entire hand! Shaking his fingers very quickly! I also have to mention the robot-like choreography they had. Well, most of the time Gerald was adding layers and looking at his synth, To Nhan Le Thi was on standby in a very literal way, like a robot waiting for a command looking at Gerald. Then, when it was up to her to add choir layers, he looked up to her and she began playing. The funniest thing is when they quit... With the same choreography they looked at each other and did a "yes" movement with their heads and instantly left the stage. Synths were still playing and when they stopped playback, the audience applauded two machines and an empty stage... Just like "quick quick quick we have to leave now". Gerald took an emergency exit instead of using the correct backstage door.
I frankly wonder how do they choose the place for their live concerts. Le Batofar definitely does not fit. The atmosphere didn't suit, the video set was actually quite poor : two LCD screens facing the audience and the stage really tight. Their last performance in Sweden was something different with a huge overhead projector leaving them in the dark. I personally think that the sound was too bassy. Sometimes it was very colliding and even hiding the rest of the tune. I left Le Batofar with a strange feeling. On the one hand, I saw my favourite band playing a very rare live performance they accepted to postpone in such a short notice, on the other hand I thought they definitely did not feel a sense of duty for all the fans coming as far away as Switzerland or people like me making their way to Paris. I mean, the track listing was kind of refurbished, the show lasted 45 minutes and had been 2 hours delayed and the way they left the stage did not make me think "I've had a very enjoyable time".
Lush new track with vocals from show here