Thursday, February 25, 2010


Im part of the third live performance night Livestock
it takes place at The Market Studios this Friday 26th Feb starting at 8pm.
This is an informal event which incorporates performance art, song, dance, and sound based work, the emphasis is being put on cross-discipline professional development in performance through a casual and experimental setting.
This is a bring your own booze event. There should be some pretty interesting and fun things.

The piece I'm doing is based on the Anti rock chants/prayers of the cult leader Elizabeth Clare Prophet along with some backwards and processed metal with improvised electronics. The piece also has a companion video piece, a slide-show with images that I was looking at when creating the piece. The set up will be very stripped back with 2 tape players and electronics provided by a Bug Brand Board Weevil all run into a small mixer with limited on-board effects. By using the tape players as a replacement for turntables, it references the source material used to create the piece. ECP's recordings have been used many times as sample sources for various music and the backwards metal is referencing the ideas that some music, mostly form the heavy rock/metal genre have used back-masked messages to corrupt the listener. It also references my time spent as a dj.

The images in the video/slideshow are mostly of ECP and Aokigahara, The forest, which has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology, is a popular place for suicides; in 2002, 78 bodies were found, despite numerous signs, in Japanese and English, urging people to reconsider their actions. Due to the wind-blocking density of the trees, and an absence of wildlife, the forest is known for being eerily quiet.
I should have some footage and a recording of the performance that will be posted in the near future.

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