Today’s meditation performance of Alien Star Dust was so intense and great! It was especially powerful to do this collective work on the Day out of TIME! (Mayan calendar today, July 25). But afterwards, we need to hang out, have a drink and hug — ground after the gig… Happily we were joined at the end by Mick Lorusso, Clarissa Ribeiro and Bill Fontana who gave us good feedback! We discussed for a long time ideas on how to engage the audience more online and have some cool ideas. Stay tuned (literally)!
Monthly Archives: July 2020
[Alien] Star Dust @ Future/Beyond Festival
Performing [Alien] Star Dust networked sound meditation for the closing of Future / Beyond festival on July 25th!
[ALIEN] STARDUST SIGNAL TO NOISE GUIDED MEDITATION JOURNEY written by Rhiannon Catalyst
I am so excited to be singing live today with an incredible ensemble [ALIEN] STARDUST SIGNAL TO NOISE GUIDED MEDITATION JOURNEY led by the one and only Victoria Vesna, founder of the boundary-pushing Sci-Art program at UCLA- for the Beyond Film Festival, themed around climate change, and Future Design Symposium hosted virtually in Germany and around the globe. Alien Star Dust is an experience like no other, I’m honored to be vocalizing with this incredible group of artists and technologists, and we would love to share it with you today at 3pm EDT: youtube link in the comments. Full project information at the second link in the comments as well, where you can also sign up for updates on our next performance.
We are created from stardust by nuclear fusion, like our myriad siblings – animals, plants, insects, plankton, bacteria, and viruses, and we all function together in vibratory fields – bottom up just as nature and nanotechnology works. [Alien] Star Dust rains on us every day and this piece brings these particles to our attention and reminds us of our interconnected heritage in the larger cosmos.
Saturday, July 25!
12pm PDT | 3pm EDT | 9pm CET
DUST KNOWS NO BORDERS
RUN TIME OF PERFORMANCE:
33 minutes followed by questions from the chat window
HEADPHONES ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Signal to Noise
Audio is a critical part of [Alien] Star Dust — the animation was laid down on a composition of sounds that were created by UCLA students Ivana Dama and Clinton van Arnam and further spatialized by surround sound composer Paul Geluso under the conceptual direction of Victoria Vesna. Layers of signals from space mixing with human-made noise and melodies of various cultures envelop the space further amplifying the experience of the dust complexity. Rhiannon Catalyst adds to the complex sound tapestry her other-worldly voice and Geluso brings in a flute and drone machine – all to help the participating mind travelers enter another dimension.Underlying the entire complex terrain of sounds are oscillating sounds derived from live data of coronavirus deaths. Underlying the entire complex terrain of sounds are oscillating sounds derived from live data of coronavirus deaths programmed by John Brumley.
[Alien] Star Dust premiered on March 10, 2020, at the Natural History Museum in Vienna as a site-specific immersive art experience, the day before the city and all of Europe and most of the world closed down due to the COVID 19 virus. This version was created in quarantine and meant for all to experience as a way inside and guide us out of our bodies and escape into the vast space of our minds.
Premiering with the support of Harvestworks, this work is meant to be experienced as a guided meditation bringing to life the sensations of meteorites and micro-meteorites falling on all continents and mixing with the anthropogenic dust falling on our planet from many dimensions. Layers of sounds from inner and outer space with animations of dust and data driven by corona deaths are presented with the intent of honoring those who left their bodies without preparation and all who are suffering.
Setting up for the [Alien] Star Dust meditation
Setting up for the [Alien] Star Dust meditation — we are sending sounds, frequencies, animations from six locations: Paul Geluso in Delhi, NY, Rhiannon Catalyst, Philadelphia, Carol Parkinson, NY NY (Harvestworks), Clinton and Ivana in Westwood, LA and myself in Los Angeles! Exciting!
2pm PST, 5pm EST, 11pm CET.