Electric Monster and the Invasion of the Incredible B.S.O.s (2010)
for 4-10 Laptops running Max/MSP and 1-2 B.S.O. soloists (c. 9:30)
Commissioned by the Electric Monster Laptop Ensemble at Montana State University
World Premiere: May 4, 2010, Tryon Festival Theater, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois
May 4, 2010, Tryon Festival Theater, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois
B.S.O. soloists: Mark Smart and Philip Schuessler
Laptops: Kari Besharse, Jason Mitchell, Kurt Werner, Jake Rundall, Ming-Ching Chiu, Gautam Sriviskaran
Special Alert!!! Urbana, Illinois has been invaded by thousands of extraterrestrial B.S.O.s of different textures, colors, and sizes!!! It is up to the elite fighting force, The Electric Monster Laptop Ensemble, to capture and tame this terrible threat and discover what makes them tick. It is a matter of national security, and each member of this elite force must muster every last drop of physical and mental power in order to tame the B.S.O.s and make them groove.
As of May 4th at approximately 19:30, the Electric Monster force (our illustrious heroes) have captured some of these fierce B.S.O.’s and have studied them in the top-secret CAMIL lab. They have issued the following warning: Be on the lookout as you go about your daily business, as B.S.O.’s may be hiding out anywhere. They are particularly fond of dark and musty places such as basements, attics, and may even be lurking under your bed or in your closet. Be warned, B.S.O.s come in many different sizes, shapes, and textures, and they each have unique powers of sonic mayhem.
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