Saturday, July 21, 2007

Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic: Daniel Conrad

Daniel Conrad @ Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic, Langsdale Auditorium, July 20, 2007, Baltimore, MD

Microsaccades: a Chromaccord Performance. Daniel Conrad is an inventor and composer fascinated with the correlations between sound and light. And this piece/installation was a beautiful presentation of his conceptual creativity. The simple shapes - a circle on a square background - with rich, shifting colors accompanied (and driven) by a recorded composition for plucked strings over a drone lived up to the "hypnotic" qualities of the Exotic Hypnotic bill. The glissando of the strings gave this music a Lois V. Vierk quality (coincidentally, a CD of Lois V. Vierk's music was played between nearly all the sets of today's marathon - it was a sound that was in the air to begin with). The clear correlation between music and color made for an austere quality that focused the mind directly on the physical properties of light and sound. It was an experience that was both tranquil and pleasantly unsettling.

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