The Light Surgeons

  • True Fictions - True Movements (Video)

    “TRUTH MOVEMENTS”
    This track weaves a tangled web of conspiracy theories and divergent views taken from
    interviews and public oratory at the 5th anniversary of 911. A complex set of arguments
    unravel to further question the real truth of 911, cutting between two main points of view;
    the protesters who believe it was really orchestrated by the government and want to reinvestigate
    911, and those who accept the mainstream view that it was the work of Osama
    Bin Laden and are bitterly opposed to the protesters intervention outside the memorial on
    this day of national mourning. The conversation flits from person to person as the
    exchange of opinions becomes increasingly passionate and emotional. Their heated
    arguments reveal how even contemporary events are fought over and continue to be
    manipulated for commercial and political motives on all sides of the political spectrum.
    This spiders web of tangled opinions is musically scored with a building vibraphone
    melody by musician Sean Mcall, the epic drums of Scotty Leham and a driving Oud solo by
    Mavrothi Kontanis points a finger to the US response to these tragic events in the Middle
    Eats. Extra cinematic drama is brought in by the lush string arrangements by British
    composer and musician Mark McRae.

  • True Fictions - New Adventures in Folklore (Videos)

    “MYTH IS CINEMA”
    The Record opens with a building vocal harmony from opera singer and long time Philip
    Glass collaborator Marrie Mascari, and the box drum percussion of NYC percussionist
    Isabel Pupo Walker. This mix of ethereal vocals and raw percussion starts us on our sonic
    journey from the crowded streets of New York City, along the Hudson River towards the
    little industrial town of Troy, the home of EMPAC and the home of Uncle Sam where the
    project was originally based. As we travel we hear a vocal montage of different statements
    taken from all of the different interviews recored for the project. This collection of voices
    outlines the trajectory of this records investigation into truth, myth and the American way.

    “CRITICAL STATE”
    This track returns us to a Native American perspective on history and myth. It informs us
    of the gradual erosion of their spoken languages as native communities have become
    increasingly assimilated into mainstream American culture. Less and less young people
    are using their traditional spoken languages which where mainly oral and not written. This
    has left them on the edge of extinction and resulted in a crises of their cultural identity.
    These Native voices explain their sense of marginalisation through their confinement to
    their reservations. We hear of their current political struggles for land rites and the
    problems created by the advent of the native owned Casinos. These have brought them
    wealth and helped them to raise money to fight lawsuits to try and reclaim their land; but
    they are also seen negatively as a 'selling off' of their culture and are counter to their
    traditions and beliefs. This is a controversial subject that provokes many positive and
    negative opinions that has a far reaching affect on their communities.
    This collection of stories is married with a flowing vibraphone solo by NYC musician Sean
    McCall who is a celebrated subway musician in Manhattan and also a collaborator with the
    composer Philip Glass.

  • Trailer - True Fictions + Press Release

    True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore is a limited edition audio documentation of a
    seminal live cinema performance by the UK's leading audio visual artists The Light
    Surgeons.

    This ground breaking project brought into being a truly original collection of sonic works
    that stand in their own right as beautiful and beguiling works of art, seamlessly blending
    documentary journalism, storytelling and music in new and unexpected ways.
    The 12 original tracks weave together spoken word with a range of musical genres. Each
    track reflects a collection of people's stories and opinions that are collaged together and
    accompanied by an original musical score. These include interviews collected across the
    state of New York which explore the post 911 psychological landscape through to
    individual's notions of truth and myth.
    This musical score was generated through a series of recording sessions with a group of
    New York based musicians who responded to each other’s improvisations by way of a
    sonic game of 'Exquisite Corpse'. The multi-track recordings were remixed back in the UK
    by The Light Surgeons and formed into the eclectic mix of music that you can hear on this
    limited vinyl release. The concept was to generate a kind of musical myth or rumour that
    either reflected or challenged the different spoken narratives that the project unearthed.
    During these recording sessions the musicians were also filmed, and brought together
    across the screens in the performance forming a video band. Images from these video
    rushes adorn the cover of this deluxe sleeve artwork along side stage plans and pictures
    from the many live performances.

    This live cinema performance was toured internationally as an immersive live audiovisual
    spectacle: fusing documentary filmmaking, live and electronic music with animation and
    motion graphics that together created an altogether new type of multi-media experience.
    The project originally developed out of a year long digital performance arts commission by
    EMPAC, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre in Troy, New York, with
    support from The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.
    True Fictions was EMPAC's very first international arts commission and since its premier
    at in September 2007, it has been presented at many arts festivals internationally
    including: The Great Hall in Manchester, the Teatro Degli Arcimboldi Milan, the Alameda
    Theatre in Seville, the BFI IMAX Cinema in London, the Brighton Pavilion Theatre, The
    Waterfront in Belfast, the Freeform Festival in Poland, the Microwave Festival in Hong-
    Kong and at Itau Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    This is the first time the full musical and narrative aspects of this ground breaking arts
    project as have been published.

    True Fictions (New Adventures in Folklore) will release on vinyls via NLS Records at stores estimated 30th September, 2014