Herb Shellenberger
htshell.org

Alex Tyson & Troy Herion's Baroque Suite (2011) + Steve Moore live performance
September 1, 2011
International House Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA


With free food and drink, a performance by NYC-based musician Steve Moore and the Philadelphia premiere of Troy Herion and Alex Tyson’s short film Baroque Suite, this year’s Fall Arts Preview sheds light on what promises to be another exciting season here at IHP.

Baroque Suite, Alex Tyson & Troy Herion, 2011, US, digital, 15', Philadelphia premiere
Baroque Suite is a short visual-music piece that invites to audience to “listen to image” or “see sound” in five synesthetic movements. The formal structure is guided by the traditional Baroque Suite: a set of musical movements as exemplified by composers such as J.S. Bach. This Baroque influence also extends to the film’s content; references to idiomatic musical gestures and painting techniques as well as common Baroque subjects/aesthetics are present.

The work is built upon the guiding principle that creative collaboration in visual music must have no boundaries of input between composer and filmmaker. Thus the artists’ process is to conceive and realize images and sounds simultaneously, in a serious attempt to create continuum between media while not sacrificing the most expressive conventions relative to each.

Steve Moore, synthesizers and electronics

Live soundtrack to 16mm short film program:
Off-On, Scott Bartlett, 1968, US, 16mm, 9'
Replay, Robert Deubel, 1970, US, 16mm, 8'
Cibernetik 5.3, John Stehura, 1968, US, 16mm, 8'
Eugene Atget, Harold Becker, 1963, US, 16mm, 10'
C'était un rendez-vous, Claude Lelouch, 1976, France, 16mm, 9'

NYC-based musician Steve Moore is well-known in a variety of circles. He is one-half of the space rock duo Zombi, known for their mixture of cosmic rock and horror soundtrack elements heard on a number of releases for Philadelphia-area label Relapse Records. Moore’s solo work explores more subtle and intricate pop and ambient electronic elements. Often crouched behind stacks of synthesizers and electronics, he creates work that is grand and cinematic in scope. In addition, he has become a sought-after producer and remixer, working with artists as diverse as Washed Out, Voivod, The Melvins and Sally Shapiro. Steve Moore will perform at MoMA PS1’s Warm Up series this summer alongside Simian Mobile Disco and Detroit house producer Omar S before bringing his music to Philadelphia for the first time since early 2010.

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