After our "Digital Cocooning" phase we were ready to try something new (which later turned out to be Webcasting), and leave clubculture and Techno behind. But then came Sony Music with an offer we simply could not refuse ;-)
Not only was Sony interested in releasing audio and CD ROMs, but they were interested in exploring the Internet. So they said. Quite soon it became clear to us that a giant, bureaucratic company like them had big problems following our ideas and concepts, especially concerning the Net. It even turned out to be difficult to distribute and promote an "original multimedia-band", as they were used to sell products the same old way since the sixties: release a single, play a small live tour, release an album, play another live tour, and start the procedure all over.
To use the Net for other things than give away promo items or send newsletters when a new product was in the shops, was beyond the perspective. But the advance payments for the records were neat.
Gary Danner & his Theremin and Elisa Rose & her Laptop.
still from performance and CDextra release in munich
Text by David Hudson for Rewired on the Release-Performance, Munich 1997
Topic 7: Art Sights: #9 of 10:
observation by David Hudson
Thu 01 May '97(01:58 PM)
Night before last, I did catch some Klangkunst, but down in Munich. 'Twas a performance by Electric Minds' very own Station Rose. And a marvelous time was had by all. I'll be writing about this a bitmore and running an interview with Gary Danner and Elisa Rose, and when those URLs go up, I'll post them here.
Meantime, briefly, it went something like this: They'd set up four huge screens on which they projected the animated graphic work that Elisa does. The space was kind of funky in that it was a café that actually looked onto to the indoor court of a riding school, i.e. horse riding. They projected slides through the windows onto the opposite wall of this court. Add a wall of mirrors here and another one there, and you've got yourself quite a lot of swirling, dizzying computer-generated psychedelia going on. I have to admit up front that psychedelia straight up isn't usually my thing, but Station Rose isn't -- they're more, just as your typical techno extravaganza can often be psychedelia + some 90s twist. But Station Rose go off in a different direction yet again. They've developed their own aesthetic over many years, and this is what comes across most. That they're extremely tight and that the two of them together produce this indescribable energy that isn't about dancing your ass off, but is about something...something uniquely theirs. Frankly, I don't know what else to call it except their love for each other.
At any rate, have I mentioned that Gary does the music? That's what happens, essentially. Gary gets these sounds going, these beats and synth lines, and then the two connect. Elisa actually plays the animations on a keyboard, a program that's evidently pretty new.
All in all, a great, great evening.