Octave One – ‘Off The Grid’ DVD

Recently got a bit of a rinsing for championing this DVD, but having watched it again this morning it needs to be properly shouted. Visually there is only so much headbanging and synth tweaking from the legends that the standard fan can watch, but the fact is that the Octave One tracks are so incredibly heavy that it’s impossible to lose interest in what’s going on. For the gear geeks and live production heads it’s a form of electronic porn to watch them create classics live in the clubs.

With the release of yet another Blackwater plate this month, it seemed an apt time to revisit the Off The Grid DVD from 2006. High quality footage and sound from shows all over Europe and the States, Lawrence Burden and Lenny Burden recreate classics at a load of underground nights and clubs. And although I’ve got Jimmy Monsta Funk’s copy on extended loan it seems there’s a few copies paired up with a CD still floating about on the internet. The concert film doesn’t leave you wanting for anything, and as a result the bonus features are a bit superfluous. Check the review below and trailer further down.

via Boomkat
Hooking up with Detroit’s 430 West Records outfit Octave One feat. Random Noise Generation, Tresor Records is striking out into the brave new world of audio/visual synergy with this CD/DVD release. Referencing the hallowed state so beloved by those who see an apocalypse on every corner, ‘Off The Grid’ marks the 31st release for Octave One, with Lawrence and Lenny Burden calling in collaborators from around the globe to help realise their concept of visualising their music beyond screensaver-esque background fodder. Using performances recorded in Scotland (Glasgow), Germany (Berlin & Leipzig), North America (Austin, TX), The Netherlands (Eindhoven), Finland (Helsinki), UK (Liverpool) and Austria (Vienna), the DVD sees classic Octave One tracks being reworked and enhanced, some lost videos seeing the light of day as well as a full length concert film so you can pretend you were there… Blistered with energy and creaking under the weight of such a formidable back catalogue, it’s a credit to all those involved that it didn’t become a reverential exercise in collective back-patting. Not forgetting the CD which features a ruck of great Octave One and Random Noise Generation material (all stamped out of Detroit steel – with the thudding beats and melodious back drop complimenting each other perfectly), this is a comprehensive collection that assuages both the ear and eye. One on one!