Perpetual Movement and Sound – Rashomon Effect, Part 1


Early in Perpetual Movement and Sound’s performance history we did a series of shows called The Rashomon Effect. This series was a reinterpretation of the Akira Korosawa film Rashomon where a crime is told from four different view points. For our “Rashomon effect”, we had four pairs of musicians and dancers respond to each other in a round-robin performance of improvised music, dance and video.

Below is an audio recording of the show.

Mikronesia – electronics
Helena Espvall – cello
Sean Mattio – percussion
Bilwa – electronics

City of Horns Duet


When my friend and collaborator Bilwa asked me to do a live set at his photo and media event, I thought it was a standard Mikronesia “cocktail hour” type set. During these set (of which I’ve done plenty) I do background ambient music and people mill around, drink, talk and (sometimes) listen, which is fine. For these events basically a DJ, but instead of playing other people’s music, I’m usually there with a keyboard and laptop looping sounds and creating a soundscape on the fly.

However when I got to Mascher Space Coop (a venue that would lead me into a whole new field of composing and improvising with dancers and choreographers) I found out I would be doing a live improvisation with dancers and local experimental musician City of Horns (Rick Henderson). The whole event was really fun and like I said opened me up to a whole new world of collaboration.

Below is a live recording of our improvised set:

Ambient Ping


In April of 2006 Gears of Sand label mates Ben Fleury-Steiner, William Fields and myself went on a mini-tour of Canada. It was a very fun trip. We made a stop at the legendary ambient music series “Ambient Ping” to do a show with the three of us, Pholde and Aidan Baker. Below is a recording of my set from The Ambient Ping. Mikronesia photo by William Fields, more photos from our trip can be found over at his page.