LIVE: Francisco Lopez’s “Hyper-Rainforest” @ EMPAC at RPI, 4/28/11

May 5th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

“There is no re-entry. It’s a 70-minute performance.” These words are what I was greeted with when arriving at Francisco Lopez’s latest project at EMPAC in Troy. The experience is to be taken as a whole. When I walked to the second door in the inner shell of EMPAC I was handed a blindfold.

Lopez’s performance piece “Hyper-Rainforest” is a form of digital shamanism. Lopez creates the setting and controls the 80-channel mix from his station at the sound board.

You walk into EMPAC’s concert hall and instead of the seats being filled to the brim, there is a round platform in the middle of the floor that has four concentric circles of cushioned black folding chairs facing a gap in the middle.

We (the audience) were sitting there staring at each other. It seemed like an odd mix between group therapy and a séance. The conversation and vibe seemed to rise and fall as the group occasionally grew loud, and then fell silent in anticipation.

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Win FREE TIX to See “Hyper-Rainforest” @ EMPAC at RPI on Thursday

April 25th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg


You’ve probably never heard anything quite like this before…

On Thursday evening, acclaimed composer-sound artist Francisco Lopez presents the world premiere of his new work, “Hyper-Rainforest,” with a concert at the Concert Hall at RPI’s EMPAC in Troy. The sound-piece is created entirely from various rainforest field recordings that Lopez has collected over the course of the past decade.

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