The Light Show

by Sun-Bus-5

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    In 1968 Australian projection artist Hugh McSpedden began shooting 8mm film. By the 1970s his films magnified into large scale projections using as many as 40 or more projectors.

    In 1983, using modified projectors and lenses, he created what is considered the first large scale projected illumination of a public building, the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, if not Australia.

    The Light Show was a live event, an avant-garde mix of interview and performance focusing on Hugh's life in light in collaboration with contemporary music ensemble Sun-Bus-5. It took place over four nights at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe festival.

    This limited edition CD/DVD package contains a documentary of The Light Show produced and directed by Andrew Garton, a glimpse into Hugh's work with extracts from the 2012 performance event highlighting his fluid and multiple projector array. It also includes the entire soundtrack by Sun-Bus-5, remixed by Chip Wardale and mastered by Simon Polinski at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne.

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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 August 31, 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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Composer, film-maker, writer, creative producer and media artist. Founder Secession Records and Films.

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