December 11 4 PM & 8 PM
$13 / 10% members discount
A Quiet time headphone concert and gallery
Turntablist, musician, producer, and artist Eric San, a.k.a. Kid Koala, who has DJ’d alongside the likes of Radiohead, Björk, and DJ Shadow brings a new work-in-progress to the Hunter Center after a week long developmental residency. His newest graphic novel, Space Cadet, (which San says is “about space travel and isolation and interconnectivity”) has an accompanying soundtrack. The live show he is creating around it involves the entire audience wearing headphones and viewing the show while reclining on the floor on specially designed inflatable backrests. You'll enter the performance space through a gallery of the drawings from Space Cadet. Lucky MASS MoCA ticket buyers will be the first to experience what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime theater experience. Scroll down below the video for more details from Kid Koala.
NOTE: If you can please bring your own headphones or ear buds. Thanks!
Here's what Kid Koala has to say about the piece:
Space Cadet is comprised of a 130 page graphic novel accompanied by a soundtrack and a special live tour.
The book tells the story of Space Cadet in white-on-black scratchboard etchings. Set in the not-so-far future the story follows two characters:
a young lady astronaut and her robot guardian who is left behind on earth.
The book addresses the relationship between technology and isolation, but mainly celebrates the idea of connectivity through family and the cycles that construct generations.
In order to tour this project in a way that would be authentic to the story, we have been conceptualizing a show platform that will immerse the audience into the world of Space Cadet.
Due to the "quiet time" nature and subtle details the music... we feel it is music best experienced on headphones and will be transmitting the musical performance to wireless receivers that will be distributed to each
member of the audience upon arrival at the venue. The soundtrack music
for this show will be performed live on 4 turntables and a piano. It consists mainly of piano chord cycles with melodies scratched in on turntable violins and woodwinds.
The audience will be seated on inflatable "space pods" that seat 40 people each and capacity is limited to keep the intimate feel of the story.
Images from the book will be projected on screens on one side of the room.
These visuals will also be mixed with close-up views of the turntables and piano as the music is being performed to show the audience how the music is being made.
We believe the headphone experience will bring the mood of the story into context as well as being the best way to present this quiet and detailed music. We also believe a relaxed, seated, and lullaby tempo-ed music event will be a refreshing new live experience for the music or gallery audience.