True Fictions – Live Performance Trailer from THE LIGHT SURGEONS on Vimeo.
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
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.