Ilya Monosov @ Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic, Langsdale Auditorium, July 21, 2007, Baltimore, MD
This set took a long time to emerge from a haze of technical issues as an unusual amount of feedback, line noise and burned amplifiers nearly derailed this performance. Eventually, some interesting textures did emerge. But they were quickly dragged down by some questionable samples and beat-karaoke. The samples of Terry Riley's Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band whet my appetite for the real deal as Monosov (and his conga playing apprentice) didn't add anything to that great sound. After several misfires with similar samples this began to feel more like a failed DJ experiment than a live performance.