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Borders by Henry Naylor: An Intensely Compelling Look From Two Sides Of War – Adelaide Fringe Review
The GC at The German Club – Studio, Fri 17 Mar.
Walk through the door to a dystoptian future that still holds hope for renewal. Wow, big dreams! In the search for utopia and organic symbiosis we have two screens and two music gizmos to immerse our senses in a world of hypnotic live electronica beats.
The analogue generated images on the large backdrop alternated between distortions of the melting colours of nature, sometimes bleached, sometimes gorgeously vivid. In contrast the small screen was more like a kaleidoscope of pixelated, digital computer graphics. The music emerged from what looked like a robot going through surgery in a way too dark operating theatre. Power goes in one end – energy moves through various effects modules programmed to define frequency and shape of the sound waves – and sound comes out the other end through speakers!
Clearly a lot of time and skill underlies this production. With a little more audience interaction and education, this show could move from the studio to a public performance piece. The concept of streaming the colourful wired apparatus was solid, just not large or clear enough for those from a different music world. Imagine walking through that door, and finding a world in perfect symbiosis of sound and images – that would be like fireworks!
#DataDoors continues at The GC at The German Club – Studio until Sat 18 Mar.
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