19.5 COLLECTIVE with MOONSTARR, at the Rivoli, November 24. Tickets: $10. Attendance: 138. Rating: NN
or the chatty dandies seatedat the Rivoli, the squiggly colours swirling across the twin video-screen set-up proved just as easy to ignore as the pleasantly snapping drum 'n' bass ambience provided by Moonstarr. Those gathered to check out the multimedia display of Detroit's 19.5 Collective were clearly not a dance crowd. In fact, people heading for the washroom went out of their way, weaving through those standing in bunches against the wall, to avoid setting foot on the empty dance floor in front of the stage.The lab-coated Collective took no notice. They continued fiddling intently with their sequencers -- flipping switches, pressing buttons, stabbing keys -- completely oblivious to the negligible impact their Kraftwerkian electro-bloop was making on the uninterested audience. Heck, they barely acknowledged the presence of their fellow bandmates, so the musical interaction between members was minimal.
If it has occurred to the Collective that a live performance requires a different approach than fooling with their rack-mount units at home in the bedroom, they haven't yet figured out what it might be.
A flickering montage of lo-res space-invaders characters superimposed on NASA lunar landing footage wasn't compelling enough to tear folks away from their conversations or stem the steady exodus.