Thursday, March 19, 2015

This Little Underground: Maximino and Broken Machine Films at the In-Between Series

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 3:12 PM

click to enlarge "Film Speak" - Maximino and Broken Machine Films at the In-Between Series - JAMES DECHERT
  • James Dechert
  • "Film Speak" - Maximino and Broken Machine Films at the In-Between Series

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.

click to enlarge "Film Speak" - Maximino and Broken Machine Films at the In-Between Series - JAMES DECHERT
  • James Dechert
  • "Film Speak" - Maximino and Broken Machine Films at the In-Between Series

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 and Bleubird.

click to enlarge "Film Speak" - Joshua Rogers of Broken Machine Films at the In-Between Series - JAMES DECHERT
  • James Dechert
  • "Film Speak" - Joshua Rogers of Broken Machine Films at the In-Between Series

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.

click to enlarge "Film Speak" - Maximino at the In-Between Series - JAMES DECHERT
  • James Dechert
  • "Film Speak" - Maximino at the In-Between Series

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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This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene. 

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