On March 1, I will premiere Dislike at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA!
Dislike exposes the dark side of online anonymity and open-forum communication by deconstructing 24-hours worth of comments on the most-disliked video on YouTube, the music video for Justin Beiber’s “Baby.” Members of The People’s Microphony Camerata speak and sing a text taken from comments left on the video’s YouTube page. Taken as a singular libretto, the result is a surreal text full of of anger, naivety, homophobia, desperation, and mischief. DISLIKE is a 21st century operatic documentation of a unique repository for the darker emotions swirling around the internet.
Meanwhile, members of Free Reed Conspiracy will create a post-ambient soundscape with 8 accordions. In contrast to the extremity of the libretto, the musical accompaniment for DISLIKE creates a lush, enveloping sonic world in which one can be simultaneously comforted and disturbed by the tenacity of the text. The result is a surprising blend of Brian Eno, Robert Ashley, and Raymond & Peter’s “Shut Up, Little Man.”
Dislike is part of High Voltage, a new series at the Electric Lodge featuring new works by local LA artists. All shows are free, and start at 9pm!
ADDRESS: 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA 90291