This soundtrack is a fusion of live and studio recorded tracks created by Sun-Bus-5 as a documentation of music performed for The Light Show, a series of events produced initially for the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
The Light Show Melbourne Fringe performances featured a curated program of four decades of low-budget super 8 and video art masterpieces; a show and tell of life events and analogue projection equipment by Hugh McSpedden; and a live music / projection concert. The micro-doc in DVD format accompanying this CD recording includes moments from each of the four performances.
The music performed by Sun-Bus-5 for The Light Show was created utilising Andrew Garton's Drift Theory - a structured improvisation formula - along with an array of instruments including analogue synths, treated guitar, bass, shawm, percussion, turntable and assorted devices, creating a cinematic accompaniment to various combinations of projected image and light.
Drift Theory requires each performer to construct a unique movement based on a common set of themes. In this case we considered compositions that would lend themselves to Hugh's psychedelic lighting and projections.
Each movement, generally no more than 4-5 minutes in length, was performed one after the other with leading 1-2 minute improvised drift sequences. Each consecutive movement is gradually introduced as the prior movement is completed. In these drift sequences both performers improvise introductions and / or conclusions to their individual movements.
At the end of the cycle Sun-Bus-5 completed the composition by performing interpretations of individual movements together. The end result is the six movement recording available on this CD.
released 31 August 2013
Andrew Garton: Treated guitar, synthesizers, samples, voice
Chip Wardale: Bass guitar, electronic bass drum pedal, turntable (Readings By Winifred West, Mittagong 1965 and The Drama Of Sex by Dr Murray Banks, 1960), hammered dulcimer, congas, gong.
Kate Adam: Shawm, kalimba, cymbals, darabuka, loop station and small percussion
Steve Law: analogue synthesizers.
Recorded and mixed by Sun-Bus-5.
Mastered by Simon Polinski at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne.
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