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Negativland on tour...

I saw Negativland's current True/False tour last night at the TLA in
Philadelphia. All I can say is if anyone has *ever* had an interest in
Negativland, looping, or audio and video manipulation you will hate
yourself if you do not see this show.

There was a team of about 8-10 members either running things offstage or
on. they used multiple film projectors, a bank of four radio carts, dual
cd players (playing custom sounds), a turntable (processed at times),
and sprinkled guitar, bass, thermin, synths, and more over the top.

The stage setup had a TV monitor for an extended talking head bit (which
was 100% coordinated by the band onstange in realtime maniacally
flipping video and audio loops as the video projection told the story).
The background was a huge white screen which they used for projecting
all the stage video as well as three machines from the audience.

The did a bit of old stuff (the encore was a very clever and fun (and
copyright free!) rendition of their most infamous single), and had a ton
of new stuff broken down into two complete sets for a total of a 2.5
hour showtime.

I have been doing tape manipulation and found/noise collage stuff for
years and have never seen a group work so hard in such a coordinated
manner in my life. The sheer magnitude and set up of this show is only
matched by the fact that they are using archaic technology along with
bits and pieces of new stuff to make their point even more entertaining
and true. The final loop segment in set two was an achingly beautiful
reminder of how an artist can capitalize on old technology and turn it
into something  unique.

Did I mention they had a  puppet show and chopped up the Sound of Music
into the most perverse song Julie Andrews never uttered?

Trust me, if you've ever been the least bit curious of what multimedia
manipulation can be in it's rawest and more polished form you do*not*
want to miss this show. Forget the hype of them as media masters, this
show is fun as hell on top of everything else.

Full info at:     http://www.negativland.com/

This next part of the tour is not completely solid yet, but will be
starting it on the 3rd of May.

 Wed. May 03 '00 --- NYC --- Irving Plaza
 Thu. May 04 '00 --- Washington DC --- 9:30 Club
 Fri. May 05 '00 --- Poughkeepsie, NY --- Bard College : Multipurpose
 Sat. May 06 '00 --- Boston --- Copley Theater
 Mon. May 08 '00 --- Chapel Hill, NC --- Carrboro Arts Center
 Wed. May 10 '00 --- Atlanta --- Variety Playhouse
 Fri. May 12 '00 --- Clearwater, FL --- Club More
 Sun. May 14 '00 --- New Orleans --- Howlin' Wolf
 Mon. May 15 '00 --- Houston --- Rice University: Hammond Hall
 Tue. May 16 '00 --- Austin --- Stubb's BBQ
 Thu. May 18 '00 --- Tulsa --- The Other Side
 Sat. May 20 '00 --- Denver --- Bluebird
 May '00 --- San Diego --- TBA
 Wed. May 24 '00 --- Los Angeles --- El Rey
 Sat. May 27 '00 --- San Francisco --- Palace of Fine Arts
 May '00 --- Palo Alto --- TBA

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