King Britt’s Space Odyssey

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The set up for King Britt’s show (a long table with a single mic, a number of laptops and other gear), at Diana Wortham Theatre, looked more like the producer/DJ was going to lead a panel discussion about music and less like he was going to perform music. But his program, “Fhloston Paradigm featuring Pia Ercole” (a U.S. premiere) proved to be bass-y, at times dancey and often transcendent.

Against a backdrop of rocket ships, sound wave charts and other visuals, the musicians produced a sonic tapestry of some very personal Odyssey of both inner and outer space. Britt managed top compose a sound that was at once huge and thoughtfully dynamic with chest-rattling bass paired with moments so subtle you could hear camera shutters clicking.

Two questions: How much of Ercole’s haunting, angelic non-verbal vocal was pre-written and how much was improved during the set? She used loops to expand the effect to both its chilling and awe-inspiring end.

And, the guy on the end with the laptop: What was he doing? How cool would it be if his role was to intuitively VJ the set by listening to each song and then quick-like Google “space ships” or “Saturn’s rings” or whatever came to mind?

Because, even as Britt’s “Fhloston Paradigm” was a complete artistic expression, it also felt like a presentation of the creative process, in how creativity is not necessarily a means to an end but a process (like outer space itself) continuing to unfold into infinity.

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Music In Nature Conference

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Pia Ercole dove into a world of sonic beauty and magic with King Britt again for 30 minutes of straight improvisation focusing on exploring totally different vibes and vocal styles amidst King’s sound design inspired by the music from their performance at the Data Garden Festival. Performed at The Music in Nature Conference in the Sharp Theater at The Berrie Center, Ramapo College, NJ.

“We were honored to be a part of the Music in Nature Festival at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ. An amazing campus and staff, with students eager to really know about music production and performance.”

“I gave a lecture on setting up workflow for a live electronic performance, followed by a show with singer, Pia Ercole. We performed songs from The Bee and The Stamen, which I released through Philadalphia’s Data Garden label and songs from my up and coming project Fhloston Paradigm, which features Pia through out.” -King Britt

Vimeo video from Show

Link about show from King’s site