A couple months ago, I told you about the new In-Between Series,
the monthly music showcase at downtown’s Gallery at Avalon Island
that debuted at the top of this year. Only three shows in and it’s probably the most interesting music series
going in the city right now. The latest, “Film Speak”
(Mar. 16), furthered the art-forward event with a multimedia performance
by local sonic adventurer Maximino
and eminent analog visualist Joshua Rogers.
As one of the most active, visible and written about musicians in Orlando’s indie scene, Maximino’s Gerald Perez
needs little introduction. Although known in more underground corridors, Rogers often operates in the background, but he’s a figure that deserves spotlight as well. As the eye and brain behind Broken Machine Films,
he’s one of the area’s most notable music-minded film artists. Besides that, he also runs experimental label Illuminated Paths,
which specializes in music that’s fiercely niche (it’s caught national attention
as a leading vaporwave
label) and assembled in handmade packaging
that’s lovingly and curiously personal. Lately, IP has also been embarking on the very worthy crusade of unearthing lost recordings of local subterranean names like Ray Brazen, Dr. Moonstien, D003Y D3C1MAL, Discovery of Magnetic North
For the two-segment “Film Speak” experience, Rogers live-mixed projected visuals while Maximino live-scored them with keyboard and a pedal array. The first piece was a looping, abstract drone cloud while the second was a svelte, sense-triggering electro drive. Together, it was a surrounding performance of intersection and impressionism.
There’s still plenty of room at the In-Between Series events, but the crowds are growing for the ever-evolving and ever-dynamic shows. Even at cursory glance, the modern and unconventional performances tend to slow down most passersby outside in instant spells of curiosity.
But the biggest reason to check out the In-Between Series is that this curiosity only gets deeper
once you walk in and see and hear the things happening inside up close. It’s a cultured event for lovers of the art of music and a refreshing harbor of live performance beyond the typical bar or even auditorium scene.
As of the night of this performance, the schedule has been extended: August’s feature will be psych-pop weirdos Moon Jelly
and September may see another version of the talked about “Body and Parts” performance by Attached Hands’ Henry
from last month. Stay looped at the In-Between Series Facebook page
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