[photo by nyctaper]
On a night when most of their contemporaries and colleagues were 1000 miles away in Austin Texas, Oneida returned to their roots and played a show the likes of which their fans have never seen. It was 13 years ago when Oneida played its earliest gigs at the Knitting Factory’s prior location on Leonard Street. While the personnel has shifted, Oneida has always been capable of literally stretching the boundaries of their indescribable music to unimagined lengths. On Friday night at Knitting Factory’s new Metropolitan Avenue location, there were two distinct portions of this show where Oneida fans were shaking their heads with knowing grins — the powerful opening “Ghost in the Room” (sans vocals) flowed into a freeform jam in the key of B that last for twenty-nine minutes, but never lost its intensity. While the improvisation contained quiet moments, melodic sections and times of sheer fury, the band’s commitment never wavered. Its that unparalleled musical stamina that was again on display during the set’s closer. “Sheets of Easter” has had longer versions, but at over eight minutes, the machine-like repetition of the “light” riff was nevertheless as dizzying and mystifying as ever.
We recorded this set with the four microphone rig set up on the right corner of the soundboard booth. The microphone configuration was arranged to maximize the sound reception in this rectangular room and I am quite pleased with the excellent results. Enjoy!
Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Brooklyn, NY USA
Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Soundboard Booth
Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced
[Total Time 1:34:50]
02 Ghost In The Room
03 Improv in B
04 The River
05 Town Crier
06 Improv in D
08 Up With People
09 Sheets Of Easter
10 [encore break]
11 I Will Haunt You
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