Corima at Pehrspace

09May13

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of running projections for Corima and Upsilon Acrux at the ever lovely Pehrspace.  This video by Rafael Salinas is of Corima’s performance. The video is quite nice and really captures the energy of the show. During the show I was far too immersed in settings and sliders so I loved being able to watch and listen to the performance fully.

It’s a genre that I sometimes associate with elitist hippies and dungeons and dragons, but both Corima and Upsilon Acrux don’t feel connected to the luggage of the subculture. They focus on Prog Rocks best qualities, long songs with lots of phases and complex harmonies. It’s a thick swirling wall of sound, but one that can be separated by careful listening.

In many ways Prog Rock is opposite to the electronic music I love so much.  The drum machine and monosynth create cold spaces akin to modern architecture. Windows and struts are laid out in a precise machine like rhythm, creating a grid of empty space. The emptiness of the space then amplifies details of tone and texture.

On the other hand Prog Rock is like Gaudi’s Sagrada Família. Every surface is worked and filled with little details that appreciate with attention.  Craftsmanship also radiates from the work, the obvious technical difficulty creating a humbling effect.

Corima had just released their latest album Quetzalcoatl, after the Aztec God. The winged serpent who separates Earth from Sky.  In some incarnations he is Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, making him “lord of the star of the dawn.” And on top of that he invented books, the calendar, and gave the people maize.

You can find an excellent review of the album here: http://soundcolourvibration.com/?s=corima

Thanks again to Sean, the bands, and all who came. In case you missed it, I’ll be VJing for Corima again on June 3rd at Pehrspace.  They’ll be playing with Mothers of Gut and A++. More details at www.pehrspace.org

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2 Responses to “Corima at Pehrspace”

  1. Nice metaphorz! Oh yes, I’d rather living as a gaudy pack rat at the alter, than in an apartment above the mall!

  2. very rad you included our article, thanks!!!


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