Thursday, 15 December 2005

Montreal memories: Canadian Content

My best Canadian music experience: sitting in the computer room of the Palais des Congres convention centre, the girl opposite me suddenly started playing local band the Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" on her laptop. Which I started nodding my head along to ("sleeping is giving in" is such a good line). So she goes - "oh do you like that song?"And I said yeah - I had the song with me. And then the guy next to me went, "oh I have that song on my computer too". And then the other girl opposite me was like "oh yeah so do I". So we tried playing the same song on 4 machines at the same time. As an effort in coordination it was a failure - seriously ugly phasing effects - but as a shared musical moment it was great. Four people, three countries (Canada, America, Singapore), one song.

People try and hide the light / Underneath the covers.

Come on hide your lovers / Underneath the covers...

If you guys had the same song recorded at slightly different tempos you could have witnessed spontaneous synchronization...

i love the arcade fire too. for a moment i thought you saw them in montreal. i would have died of jealousy.

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