Monday, August 13, 2007
Ritual and Memory Sound and Visual Dreamscapes
On Wednesday, August 1, operatives from Fishbon Event Lab were on hand for the release of UCSB music professor Stephen's latest DVD. Ritual and Memory, the title of the piece is not so much a survey of Stephen Pope’s music as it is a reframing in an unfolding series of Sound and Visual Dreamscapes. This music invokes the greater self that communicates with us in dreams, as well as the rituals through which we communicate with that greater self. [...] Stephen’s music persists at the edge of a self-inventive technology featuring myriad new programming languages and sound synthesizers, but his engineering is a feat of bricolage that never loses its sense of human (and angelic) connection, whether through the voice in speech and song or the body in dance.