DATE: Saturday, July 21st, 2007
TIME: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
LOCATION: Volitant Gallery
ADDRESS: 320 Congress Ave (map)
ADMISSION: $12 general; $10 for members/students
AGES: All ages
- Imbroglio String Quartet [Accompaniment during Brian McBride]
- Luke Savisky [Film projections during Brian McBride]
For those who were and are enamored with Texas experimental music, the name Brian McBride is a familiar one. As one-half of the duo Stars of the Lid, McBride and Adam Wiltzie composed a handful of beautiful, still records that quietly stand apart from their contemporaries. Mixing drone and synthetic tones with languid melody, Stars of the Lid’s music exuded simplicity and unhurried beauty.
Stars of the Lid have also performed many live shows over the years, often with visual artist Luke Savisky providing visuals that require four film projectors to realize and bathe the band in color and motion. Spliced together from found film and library stock, Savisky’s contribution to the band’s live happenings is never the same two nights in a row and is, in a fundamental sense, an improvised light environment. Bill Meyer stated in The Chicago Reader that “I’ve never experienced anything more psychedelic than the vertiginous swirl of sound and sight”.
In 2005, McBride’s debut solo album, When the Detail Lost its Freedom, was released. Recorded mainly on a sampler, the instruments include guitar, piano, vocals, harmonica, trumpet and strings. There were no synthesizers or keyboards used in the creation of the album. McBride used extensive sampling in the sense of capturing a tone, isolating its tuning, and playing it on the keys of a piano. When the Detail Lost its Freedom is a collection of individual pieces and therefore stands in contrast to Stars of the Lid’s uninterrupted architecture.
Today, McBride lives in Los Angeles. His most recent work is a new 2CD album, Stars Of The Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline, released in early 2007. His upcoming AMODA performance will feature live accompaniment by the Imbroglio String Quartet and projections by Luke Savisky.+ View Printed Program (PDF)
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About the Performance Series
The Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage the public and artists in the creation, understanding, and appreciation of digital art. The Performance Series is focused on presenting experimental music and digital performance art in a contemplative setting. More info →