Color + Form + Frequency = Memory and Dreams
Color + Form + Frequency = Memory and Dreams is a multimedia event featuring live music, video, film, and original instruments curated by composer, musician, sound artist, and instrument builder David Molina.
The evening features Mickey Tachibana, founder of the legendary Drum Machine Museum, on various vintage synthesizers, drum machines, and rare electronic processors to create sonic textures based on classic electronic music pioneers such as Klaus Schulze & Tangerine Dream. He also has created original reactive video art to accompany his music.
Electronic musician and instrument builder Garrett La Fever collaborated with Molina in creating the instrument/installation Memory Web, which also features reactive video art by Tachibana. 80% of the instrument was built using materials found at salvage yards. It features 28 piano strings and resonant metal and wooden body parts which when played trigger and manipulate the video images. Audiences have described the improvised performances on Memory Web as haunting, dark, meditative, future-primitive, Japanese sounding, and industrial trance inducing journeys.
Closing the evening will be experimental filmmaker Anna Geyer and Molina performing Lost and Found, a live film and soundtrack. Geyer hand processes 16mm film to create dreamy degraded images and color fields, which are both haunting and nostalgic. She then takes the film and cuts them into loops of various lengths. For this piece she will mix the loops by hand on 4 modified projectors while Molina performs an improvised soundtrack on various acoustic and electronic instruments, and found objects.
David Molina has been composing, performing, recording, and designing sound for theatre, video, film, dance, performance art, radio, and multimedia productions for the past 17 years.
He recently collaborated with La Fever on Memory Web, an original instrument and interactive sound/video installation presented at SOMARTS exhibit Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance.
Other installations include: Utopia/Nightmare: The American Dream with Victor Cartagena at MACLA; Coming to California by Cause Collective at Oakland Museum Of California. Homage to Musee Mecanique with Susie Valdez at MCCLA
Film & Video scores: PBS/NIOT documentaries: Light In the Darkness: NIOT III, and Class Actions; several videos for Jeff Diehl's Spots Uknown; Ball Lightening written by Barry Gifford; Tolleson Design's branding video for Coalesse.
Molina is a founding member of the interdisciplinary troupe Secos Y Mojados who are 2009 Creative Capital & 2011 Wattis grantees.
He often collaborates with theatre director Roberto Varea and performance artist Violeta Luna, both with which his work has toured nationally and internationally.
He and Chris Webb won a 2009 L.A. Ovation Award for their music and sound design to Lydia at CTG's Mark Taper Forum.
His current band is Earthlike. His music and other bands Ghosts and Strings and Transient are available as E.P.s on Resting Bell (Berlin), Dorog Records (Peru), Black Note Music (USA), or full length albums through his own DIY releases. More info at drmsound.com
Tokyo born video artist and electronic musician Mickey T is the founder of the Drum Machine Museum in San Francisco. He has also produced 20 iconic real-time documentary films about audio/visual performances, including works with Joan Jeanrenaud/Scott Pagano, Kenji Williams/Spot, Mark Pistel/Warren Stringer. He did a video piece for Kronos Quartet's Visual Music. He is the Japanese editor of 'vE-"jA, book about 40 top VJ's around the world. Recent credits include: video for USF P.A.S.J. production of Woyzeck (Director Roberto Varea), video development and live projection for Violeta Luna's A Body Parted, and video art for Memory Web.
Garret La Fever
Garret La Fever is an electronic musician, sound artist, and instrument builder. He founded Polar an experimental glitch duo which released a few albums on the Katabatik Label. He performed in many concerts and studio collaborations with Molina, Tachibana, and the Drum machine Museum.
Anna Geyer is an award winning experimental filmmaker and writer. Her films have screened in many festivals internationally. A fascination with non-traditional methods of both production and presentation is apparent in her work. Cameraless, non-representational work has been the emphasis of much her recent effort, although she frequently describes her work as, "experimental with a narrative bent". Live three projector loop sets performed in collaboration with local musician David Molina encompass the technology of the past and present and include abstract imagery, live action work and degraded imagery of the digital age. She teaches cinema classes at both City College of San Francisco and Solano Community College.
The Performance Art Institute (PAI)
75 Boardman Place
San Francisco, CA 94103
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