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I just got back from a week in Seattle, doing an art projection show for Parallels, a Yes tribute band, and it was one of the highlights of my artistic life.

For three weeks prior to the show, I was on fire creatively and came up with some 87 images to coincide with the Yes songs to be played. I tried to get a series of images that would reflect the feeling and sound of the music, and also to create a segue from one image to the next where appropriate. Then the images were turned into a powerpoint presentation, which I transported to Seattle on a thumbdrive. At the Columbia City Theater, which has hosted such luminaries as the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, I was up on a catwalk and had my laptop plugged into the digital projector, which then showed the images on the aproximately 10′ x 10′ screen on the opposite wall. I needed to be alert for musical cues throughout the evening, and hit the spacebar at the appropriate moments. I had created a cue sheet with all 87 images and the musical cues to listen for. I was nervous going into the show, since I had invested so much time snd energy. Also, there was a special guest drummer for the last five songs, Alan White of Yes, and I wanted to make a good impression. Well the audience sure liked the art and gave me an entusiastic round of applause. They were undoubtably psyched by the band anyway, since they are so talented and play Yes music with such great dedication.

The images ranged from the abstract to samples of my geometric mandalas, with some new sculpture graphics thrown in for Turn of the Century, one of the finest love ballads ever. Visually the most succesful series was for the song “Sound Chaser”, a really radical high speed number from the Relayer album. Another was for the song “Into the Lens” from the Drama album. The third image, the green one, is one of sixteen done for “Close to the Edge”. I would like to share these with you ……see below.

So all in all, myartistego got majorly stoked, and stroked, and there were even a couple of art groupies who came up to see me on the catwalk after the show. The band has promised I will be invited to work with them again, especially if they play at a venue that has a screen behind the stage, since the art and the music together make a potent brew.

Sound Chaser

Sound Chaser

Into the Lens 4

Into the Lens

Close to the Edge

Close to the Edge

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