What: Floating Points
Where: The Attic at RCC Fringe
(Reviewed by Sarah List)
Floating Points AKA Sam Sheppard is probably the only DJ in the world with a PhD, and certainly the only one in the music world with it occupying the Neuroscience/epigenetics sphere. His entry to the world of DJing and producing was sparked by an encounter with the live work of Theo Parrish (Detroit), and he spent his weekends scraping out time between his lab work for music. This saw him being recognised as one of the most dedicated – albeit crazy – musicians around. Floating Points inhabits a world of music professionals where a penchant for rarity sees cars exchanged for LPs (yes, really), and life is an endless treasure hunt for that perfect piece of vinyl. He’s a bit of a one man musical entity, writing, playing, recording, engineering and mixing an eclectic range of styles that can include large ensembles of musicians.
Floating Points work has been described as wonderfully unclassifiable, and indeed a listen across Spotify would have had the uninitiated guessing as to what the night would hold stylistically. His first album Elaenia is an ambient adventure suitable for space, but I couldn’t really imagine it would be the direction that would be taken for opening night.