Freight Elevator Quartet

The Freight Elevator Quartet, joined by the video artist Mark McNamara, presented another fresh variation of how technology has influenced live performance in various genres, this time in the realm of beat-oriented electronica. There are numerous twists on the genre in the group that were evident in the evening's performance: although heavily dependent on samples, the entire piece, "The Revolution Will Be Streamed," also depends on the live coordination of the efforts of each member: Rachael Finn's live processed cello, Paul Feuer's keyboard sounds and the results of R. Luke DuBois' real-time signal processing Max/MSP interfaces are all mixed live by Stephen Krieger, who also manipulates and processes the drum loops (as well as some of the other instruments in the mix) in real-time with rack-mounted signal processors. The Freight Elevator Quartet was able to take advantage of the precarious relationship between all of the performers, one of the key elements of the excitement of a live performance, as well as the sonic wizardry of manipulation and shaping possible in the realm of digital audio. 

The elements of electronica were there, distilled and blown apart in a tight 12-minute multimedia experience: amidst the mix of ambient sections, jungle and down-tempo beats, and dizzying experimental sonic collage sections was the looming presence of McNamara's video images, which brought several cohesive themes to the experience while accessing a wide range of references and associations. Along with anime references, images of exploration, technology and humanity, the video engaged the audience in a extremely direct way: during the piece, McNamara used a video camera to capture the audience as a background for visual manipulation in Image/ine, giving the audience the audience/performer-role-blurring experience of watching themselves taking part in the performance by watching the performance.