TRUE FICTIONS

  1. AN EXPLORATION OF TRUTH AND MYTH IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

    TRUE FICTIONS is the result of a year long digital performance art project produced and directed by Christopher Thomas Allen and commissioned by EMPAC, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre in Troy, New York.

    The final piece was completed and presented in Troy, NY, in September 2007 and has begun touring to festivals internationally.

    True Fictions is an audio visual spectacle that fuses documentary film making, music, animation and motion graphics with cutting edge digital performance tools. A stunning collage of music and live cinema which explores the themes of truth and myth through a multitude of American and Native American voices; with a original musical score created through the collaborations of 25 New York based musicians and vocal artists.

    True Fictions is currently be being performed by:

    Christopher Allen (audio & video)
    Tim Cowie (audio & video)
    Malcom Litson (audio & analogue operations)
    Mark McRae (live guitars & keys)
    Jude Greenaway (Audio Electronics)
    Matt Waterfield (lighting & technical support)

    This performance has toured to the following international festivals and arts venues:

    The Armour, EMPAC, Troy, New York, USA, September, 2007
    The Great Hall, Urban Screens Festival, Manchester, UK, October, 2007
    Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy, November, 2007
    ZEMOS98 Festival, Seville, Spain, March, 2008
    IMAX Cinema, onedotzero festival, BFI Southbank, London, November, 2008

    For more information, video and still images please check: avfolklore.blogspot.com

    Project Produced & Directed by Christopher Thomas Allen
    Assistant Production by Annie Kwan
    NYC Production Co-ordination by Sarah Pace
    Research & location Production by Helen Omand
    Cinematography by Chris Allen & Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow
    Photography by Chris Allen, Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow & Helen Omand
    Edited by Chris Allen, James Price & Tim Cowie
    Animation by Martin Banks, Tim Cowie & Blinkinlab
    Field Recordings and Audio Interviews by Chris Allen, Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow & Jo Williamson
    Studio Sound Recording & Initial Arrangements by Ben Allen
    Music Production & Arrangements by Tim Cowie
    Addition Audio Production by Malcom Litson & Jude Greenaway
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    Drums & Percussion:
    Scotty “Imp” Lehman – Drums
    Brian Fishler – DrumsPat Rock – Drums
    Isabel Pupo Walker - Percussion
    Rev Mofo – Drums & Percussion
    Valerie Opielski - Percussion
    Sean McCall - Vibraphone
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    Wind instruments:
    Joseph Jarman – Flute & Saxophone
    Martha Hyde – Soprano Saxophone
    Welf Dorr – Tenor Saxophone
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    String Instuments:
    Robbie Seahag – Bass & Electric Guitar
    Jason Deiso – Bass Guitar
    Valerie Opielski - Electric Guitar
    Laurent Medelgi – Guitar
    Jo Williamson – Acoustic Guitar
    Luke Cissell – Fiddle
    Tom Mayer – Double Bass
    Brent Arnold - Cello
    Mavrothi Kontanis – Oud
    Chris Chalfant – Grand Piano
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    Vocalists:
    Jo Williamson
    Chanda Rule
    Marrie Mascari
    Adrienne Hecker
    Melanie Moser
    Kendra Flowers
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    MC’s:
    Dezmatic
    Emskee
    Atypical
    Nobs
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    Special Thanks to:
    The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca
    NYThe Ronathahonni Cultural Center, Cornwall Island, Ontario
    Nichols Meat Processing, Altamont, NY
    Kathleen Forde, Jason Steven Murphyand all the staff at EMPAC
    David Lublin & Ray Cutler at VIDVOX
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    An EMPAC Commission supported by The Jaffe Fundfor Experimental Media and Performing Arts

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  2. Edited excert from the The Light Surgeons "TRUE FICTIONS" live audio visual performance project.

    Produced & Directed by Christopher Thomas Allen
    Animation by Martin Banks

    Scotty “Imp” Lehman – Drums
    Valerie Opielski - Electric Guitar
    Laurent Medelgi – Guitar
    Mark McRae - Guitar

    Music arrangement by Tim Cowie

    An EMPAC Commission supported by The Jaffe Fundfor Experimental Media and Performing Arts

    more info on this project can be found at:
    avfolklore.blogsport.com
    lightsurgeons.com

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  3. Audio Visual Track taken from the TRUE FICTIONS: NEW ADVENTURES IN FOLKLORE performance project.

    Produced and directed by Christopher Thomas Allen of THE LIGHT SURGEONS, UK.

    Commissioned by EMPAC, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre, Troy, New York.

    more info can be found here: avfolklore.blogspot.com

    Music produced and arranged by Scanone
    CGI Animation by BlinkinLab

    Featuring:
    Dezmatic
    Atypical
    Nobs
    Emskee

    # vimeo.com/381421 Uploaded 2,362 Plays / / 3 Comments Watch in Couch Mode

  4. Audio Visual reworking of the "Star Spangled Banner" taken from The Light Surgeons "TRUE FICTIONS" live AV performance project.

    Vocals by Adrienne Hecker
    Audio production by Malcom Litson
    Animation by Tim Cowie

    more info about the True Fictions project:
    avfolklore.blogspot.com

    more info about The Light Surgeons
    lightsurgeons.com

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  5. TRUTH MOVEMENTS is a short film taken from The Light Surgeons Live Cinema performance TRUE FICTIONS.

    It weaves a tangled web of conspiracies theories, divergent views and public oratory from the 5th anniversary of 911 together into a escalating argument about truth.

    The film contrasts two points of view, protesters who want to re-investigate 911 and those who oppose their intervention outside the memorial on this national day of mourning. The conversation flits from person to person as the exchanges of opinions become increasingly passionate and emotional. A group of US marines berate a crowd who proclaim that 911 was an “inside job”. Their heated exchanges reveal how even contemporary events are fought over and continue to be manipulated for commercial and political motives.

    These conflicting opinions are musically scored with a building vibraphone melody, live drums and an Oud solo by Mavrothi Kontanis. This middle eastern instrument points a finger to the US response to these tragic events.

    Original footage, stills and interviews recorded at ground zero by Chris Allen & Rob Rainbow in 2006.

    Produced & Directed by Christopher Thomas Allen
    Audio arrangement by Tim Cowie & Mark McRae
    Edited by Chris Allen, Tim Cowie & James Price

    TRUE FICTIONS is result of a year long digital performance art project produced and directed by Christopher Thomas Allen and commissioned by EMPAC, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre in Troy, New York.

    Supported by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts

    For more background information, video and still images about this project please check: avfolklore.blogspot.com

    lightsurgeons.com/art/true-movements/

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EXPLORATION OF TRUTH AND MYTH IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK

The result of a year long digital performance art project produced and directed by Christopher Thomas Allen and commissioned by EMPAC, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre in Troy, New York.

True Fictions is an audio visual spectacle that fuses documentary film making, music, animation and motion graphics with cutting edge digital performance tools.

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EXPLORATION OF TRUTH AND MYTH IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK

The result of a year long digital performance art project produced and directed by Christopher Thomas Allen and commissioned by EMPAC, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre in Troy, New York.

True Fictions is an audio visual spectacle that fuses documentary film making, music, animation and motion graphics with cutting edge digital performance tools.

A stunning collage of music and live cinema which explores the themes of truth and myth through a multitude of American and Native American voices; with a original musical score created through the collaborations of 25 New York based musicians and vocal artists.

The performance premiered in September 2007 at EMPAC in Troy and continues touring to festivals internationally.

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