Artists' Television Access

Other Cinema: OPTRONICA2

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8:30 pm, $8

Our second Op installment is anchored by the North American premiere of this riveting Russian report on electronic music from the former USSR, directed by Elena Tikhonova and Dominik Spritzendorfer. Opening is John Davis, the pillar of NorCal’s analog synth scene, who sets off his 20-min. Soviet Hiss, a sublime reading of the obscure optical tracks of Soviet 16mm “propaganda” films! These rarities fell into John’s hands on his 2014 Tajikistan residency; tonight he transmogrifies their electronic interludes into pure sonic poetry! PLUS “twins” from John’s now-legendary Gravity Spells fest: Craig Baldwin’s Time Bomb against Maggie Payne’s Black Ice/STATIC, seen and heard in asynchronous playback for the first time publicly. AND Leon Theremin (of course!), the Trololo Man, Russian rockers, vodka shots, etc.

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