Published Apr 22, 2013At a festival with many cool ideas, Lawnya Vawnya really topped themselves with Phone-It-In. Part of their weekend music crawl across the city, Phone-It-In found festival alumni performing three songs for an audience gathered around eight phones mounted on a wall in the Eastern Edge Gallery. Between Saturday and Sunday, people like Julie Doiron, Tony Dekker and Construction and Destruction called in from parts of Canada and Baby Eagle phoned form Venice, Italy, with church bells and harbour sounds ringing in the background. Former Constantine Will Kidman checked in from Haidi Gwaii, happy to be singing first thing in the morning when his voice is a bit raw. His first song was somewhat indecipherable, as he placed his phone a bit far from his voice and guitar. It sounded like an unearthed, post-apocalyptic field recording that some future being might attribute to Alan Lomax. For his second song, he made some technical adjustments and ran through Ladyhawk's "Crow's Commute," which sounded really cool and all were pleased by the experience. Long distance has never been so entertaining.
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