I cannot really add much to Miles’s post. And I suppose it is coming a little late. And at an odd time (4 in the morning). But someone asked me earlier today (or I guess yesterday) to describe the L2ork tour. And well one of the best ways for me to do that was to cite a funny instance on the tour. Actually, it doesn’t really do anything to describe the tour. It’s just kind of funny.
I think we were in Carbondale. And I reached into my pocket to grab my phone so that I could text Ico and ask him when we would get a break to eat. But instead of my phone, my pocket yielded a complimentary bar of soap, compliments of the Carbondale Comfort Inn.
Apparently, complimentary bars of soap in your pocket feel the same as a phone in your pocket. I then proceeded to text people on my newly acquired soap phone throughout the rest of the day.
Oddly enough, no one seemed to reply to any of my texts.
I don’t know if anyone knows much about touring so here is a statement in regards to touring: you spend an inordinate amount of time with the same people.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but as has happened with this group something magical has happened, everyone becomes their own separate person.
While 2 hours a day twice a week seems like a large amount of time with the same people, 24 hours a day for 5 days is a ridiculous amount of time. During this time one gets to know the person, rather than the part; and groups of people once associated with one another shatter and are replaced with individuality. It’s quite amazing really and one of the best things that has happened on this trip.
Furthermore, this conference has been the most creatively jarring experience that most of us ever had. It really puts into perspective the artistic work that Ico and L2ork and the kids in Computer Music are trying to do and are trying to introduce to the world. One really gets a glimpse into a world that, to most of us, is completely new and original.
Though it is not entirely over, it is coming to a close and I’d like to take this time to show appreciation for anyone responsible for making this “tour” possible, to thank all of the artists that we have met and experienced and most of all to Ico, for taking a rag-tag bunch of students and introducing them into a new world and we would not be here without you.
And lastly to the L2orkists: It has been an inspiration and pleasure to get to know you all as individuals and while I enjoy the time spent with you… I’m going to need you all to go home.