1. This video is documentation excerpted from the world premiere of Pamela Z and Christina McPhee's CARBON SONG CYCLE. The premiere was in the cavernous, concrete BAM/PFA (Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive) main gallery on April 12, 2013.

    The piece is in 10 movements scored for voice with live processing (delays, granular etc) and a gesture-controller, bassoon, viola, cello, and percussion, with live, multi-channel video (including one movement that involves a live video "painting", which serves as a graphic score for that segment).

    Pamela Z (music composition, voice & electronics)
    Christina McPhee (video, and video performance)
    Dana Jessen (bassoon)
    Charith Premawardhana (viola)
    Theresa Wong (cello)
    Suki O'Kane (percussion)

    Set Design: Hargrave Studios
    Video Tech: Drew Detweiler
    Sound Engineer: Sean Carson

    Documentation Cameras:
    Lina Vezzani-Katano
    Silvia Matheus
    Sarah Willis

    Carbon Song Cycle was supported by the MAP Fund and was commissioned by New Music Bay Area through New Music USA's Commissioning Music/USA program.

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  2. This video, originally presented on Fogtown Network in the early-mid 1990s, is a performance by the Qube Chix (Pamela Z, Julie Queen, and Leigh Evans) of musical excerpts from their performance work "Circle of Bone". The music was composed by Pamela Z (Keep Keep) and Leigh Evans / arr. Pamela Z (The Contamination Song). The video was shot and edited on the set of the San Francisco 90s Public Television program "Fogtown Network" (produced by Albert Pappalardo). Accompanying the Qube Chix are Barbara Imhoff (harp), Mark Wyman (accordion), Nancy Kaspar (contrabass), and J Why (drums).

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  3. This is a video version of Qube Chix' BALD BOYFRIEND. It's performed by The Qube Chix (Leigh Evans, Julie Queen, and Pamela Z) with Hillary Maroon (clarinet) and J Why (drums). The song was composed for the Qube Chix by Pamela Z in 1991, shortly after they completed the run of a Soon3 performance art production called "Ace Taboo".

    Throughout the early 1990s - early 2000s, The Qube Chix performed this song, armed with electric hair clippers, at clubs and performance galleries (from San Francisco's DNA Lounge to New York's CBGB's Gallery 313. As they sang the first two verses, their appointed "bouncer chix" would search the audience and find them a long-haired guy in need of a trim. The "bouncer chix" would drag said shaggy audience member up on the stage and The Qube Chix would give him a haircut while performing the bridge of the song. They would then release the shorn guy back into the audience as they sang the last verse of Bald Boyfriend.

    For this shoot, the Qube Chix enlisted four boyfriends (Mark Maggi, Mark Pritchard, Kinji Hayashi, and some already bald guy they found riding a chopper out on the street) to assume the role of the Bald Boyfriend. The video was shot and produced by Paul Lundahl and Eric Ladenberg at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco in the mid 1990s.

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  4. This is the full documentation of the April 12, 2013 premiere of CARBON SONG CYCLE, a work for chamber ensemble and expanded cinema by composer Pamela Z and video artist Christina McPhee.

    The piece is in 10 movements scored for voice with live processing, bassoon, viola, cello, and percussion, with live, multi-channel video.

    The movements are as follows:

    00:41 i Prelude: Carbon Relay / Light Frustration
    04:36 ii Three Vertical Kilns
    11:10 iii Breathing / Breathing Genesis
    16:52 iv Diagram A (Carbon Drawing) / Geodata Diagrams
    20:20 v Cellphone Trees/ Fire Jerky
    24:04 vi Unpredictable Weather/ De-Mobbing Crude
    27:58 vii Biosphere I (sounds) /Geothermal Combustion
    31:45 viii Biosphere II (populations) /Geothermal Combustion
    34:24 ix The Heat / Carbon Surf Drawing
    38:44 x Combustion / Solar Circuit Parts Per Million

    Pamela Z (music composition, voice & electronics)
    Christina McPhee (video composition, and video performance)
    Dana Jessen (bassoon)
    Charith Premawardhana (viola)
    Theresa Wong (cello & voice)
    Suki O'Kane (percussion)

    Pamela Z used samples of the voices of Christina McPhee (movement iii) and Dr. Richard Zare (movements iv and ix) in the music.

    Carbon Song Cycle was made possible in part by grants from the MAP Fund and New Music USA.

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  5. Mona Lisa -Other Minds 4, November 10, 1997
    Performed by Laetitia Sonami, Donald Swearingen, Pamela Z and Visual Brains (Sei Kazama+ Hatsune Ohtsu

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