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Friday Nights at the Getty
Distributed Memory: Live Music and Projected Images (performance)

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $5.

This special two-night installment of Friday Nights at the Getty curated by Julie Lazar features commissioned pieces supported, in part, by the Montalvo Arts Center, with existing short films, media projections, and musical compositions that explore the creation of art through the recomposition of found and new materials.

Friday, October 6

Saturday, October 7

Still from Magnetic Sleep by Janie Geiser with music by Tom Recchion

Friday, October 6

A program of highly edited, nonlinear artworks blending electronic music and experimental images.

Anthony Discenza and Michael Zbyszynski
Media artist Anthony Discenza and composer Michael Zbyszynski present their work-in-progress News Cycle #2 (Excerpts from a Long Day) (15 min.), a collaborative digital artwork consisting of reprocessed, interwoven excerpts from three 24-hour cable news networks. Zbyszynski uses a customized digitizing tablet to "draw" a score for the digital images provided by Discenza.

Discenza also presents a new audio work, Viewing no. 1 (2006, 8 min.), and Zbyszynski performs his composition "Alone in a Crowded Room" (2005, 12 min.) for alto flute with live electronics.

Still from News Cycle by Anthony Discenza and Michael Zbyszynski

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Pat O'Neill and Carl Stone
Filmmaker Pat O'Neill and experimental composer Carl Stone premiere their Rotary Wobble (20 min.), a composition of landscape and urban imagery from around the world recorded over a 15-year span. Stone performs and digitally mixes the soundtrack, which is aligned precisely to the timing of O'Neill's film.

O'Neill also screens Horizontal Boundaries (2005, 22 min.), a series of experiments with 35mm film frames that contemplates natural and manmade landscapes, with a new digital score performed live by Stone.

Still from Horizontal Boundaries by Pat O'Neill with music by Carl Stone

Saturday, October 7

A program of animated and experimental films accompanied by live music.

Janie Geiser and Tom Recchion
Filmmaker and visual/theater artist Janie Geiser and visual artist and experimental music composer Tom Recchion, co-creator of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), premiere Episode 1 of a work-in-progress, Magnetic Sleep (6 min.), which uses performers, collage animation, re-photography, and painted elements to reinterpret the formal traditions of film melodramas by early experimental filmmakers such as Man Ray and Maya Deren. Recchion performs the live electronic soundtrack.

Geiser and Recchion also screen two of their previous collaborations—Lost Motion (1999, 11 min.), which uses small cast metal figures, toy trains, decayed skyscrapers, and other found objects to follow a man's search for a mysterious woman, and The Fourth Watch (2000, 11 min.), a drama of lost souls set in a midcentury house in the hours before dawn.

Recchion will also screen one of his early conceptual artworks, Drums by Magic (1978, 5 min.), depicting the playing of a guiro, Autoharp, tabla, and mock cello (an instrument invented by Recchion) by a mysterious, flying, swirling, performerless mallet.

Still from Magnetic Sleep by Janie Geiser and Tom Recchion

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Brent Green and Califone
Indie band Califone (Joe Adamik, Jim Becker, and Tim Rutilii, with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty) perform the soundtrack for the premiere of filmmaker, visual artist, and musician Brent Green's Paulina Hollers (work-in-progress, 15 min.). This is an animated story, written by Green, of a grieving mother created with stop-motion rabbit bones, hand-carved wooden angels, and a hand-drawn hell.

Green also presents two other short films—Hadacol Christmas (2005, 12 min.), about a skinny, irritable Santa Claus whose workshop is home to scrawny blackbirds and big-eared, dancing mice, and Spider's House (2006, 5 min.), in which taxidermied birds come to life in a dance between a wooden man, a bottled-up spider, three ghosts, and a frail woman. Both films are accompanied by live narration and musical performances by Green with musical scores performed by Califone.

Tim Rutili
Tim Rutili, who formed Califone and serves as the group's principal songwriter, lyricist, and vocalist, premieres Three-Legged Animals (2006, 5 min.), a film based on a song from Califone's forthcoming album Roots and Crowns.

Still from Paulina Hollers by Brent Green and Califone

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.

New works were supported in part by the Montalvo Arts Center. Brent Green's film Paulina Hollers was supported by a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Tim Rutili's film Three-Legged Animals was supported by a grant from the Durfee Foundation.