The Artesian AV Arkestra


Anna Helme, Louise Terry

Anna Helme, Louise Terry

Anna Helme, Louise Terry

Electric Dreams is a genre-hopping audiovisual zine performed by The Artesian AV Arkestra (Anna Helme, Louise Terry) a small band exploring the potential of performance with live video.

“We’re a big-band cos we got big-ideas. Live-action video collides onscreen with a comix feel, projecting customised slides and hand-drawn stop animation cut’n’pastried with the latest in digital compositing with Flash/After Effects etc. Our sonic palette includes acoustic character-driven tragi-country lullabies through to quirky pop tunes, upbeat electronica and an atmosphere of textural loops. All of this action is assisted by the newly designed SpaceMaker, a spatial audio and video mixer. This theremin-inspired instrument will be accompanied by a cacophony of out-dated musical instruments and newly modified sound toys. We’re hiding our laptops under the desk and puttin’ on our tie’n’tails to give you a sensory spectacle through a landscape of (s)punky audiovisual oddities. As Rocky and Visage, time-bandits in tinfoil-underpants, Helme and Terry will be the audiovisualnauts guiding the cinematic spaceship. Mark Gomes (Barrage) is our musical filter-psychotically selfish sounds take on the guise of innocence and suave, innocuous melodies bend darkly sinister. Paul Bourke as Vladimir Crow visits this production as a ghost in the machine, embodying the lonely spirit of a cowboy on the plains, Charlie Chaplin caught in the cogs of post-modernity.”

Electric Dreams is being developed for Next Wave 2004 and beyond. Helme also works with with Sean Healy as SPOOLE, an audiovisual duo, peforming at Electrofringe this year. www.sagaponic.net

RealTime issue #57 Oct-Nov 2003 pg. 9

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1 October 2003