Two ancient, hooded spellbinders perform a ritual to suppress the growth of a timeless creature of dark matter, invisible to the naked eye, whose birth would easily destroy the entire known universe. The spellbinders beget this ritual with common and self-designed instruments of casting in a three-part generative performance, characterized by rigid aural distortions and ominous chanting drenched in reverberation.
The performance was divided into three phases that were interconnected stylistically and methodically, using elements from one another and expanding these progressively. The first occurrence consisted of digitally processed mini-dulcimer EBow drones accompanied by the chants of both performers that were also processed but through effect pedals. The second phase elaborated on the manipulation of the dulcimer signal which as performed by one of the players (Vracin). This time the sound of the dulcimer was further altered by the different colors of a DMX LED light being captured by a laptop webcam and performed by the second performer (Espinel). The amount (mass) of each color in the RGB spectrum contributed to a different effect. The final performance utilized the same procedure to process sound based on changing colors but this time the color source was generated digitally and consisted of the blending of three solid images (red, green and blue). The amount of each color in the mix was determined by the movement of sensors inside of a lantern. Vracin played bass guitar while Espinel performed the lantern instrument. The sound that was processed by the colors generated by this lamp consisted of a prerecorded track comprising dulcimer and electric guitar (performed by Vracin and Espinel, respectively).
Miguel Espinel, composer & performer • Grey Vracin, composer & performer