Local composer and multiinstrumentalist Gene Coleman headlines tonight's multimedia extravaganza "10,800 Seconds: Music of the Moment"--part of New Music Chicago's week-long festival and a neat complement to tomorrow afternoon's marathon at the Cultural Center that features new works in a more traditional vein. The format of this three-hour show pairs unconventional music with avant-garde films by local artists. According to Coleman, who also curated the program, appropriate music will "foreshadow, then accompany and comment on" each film. Coleman's own band, Ensemble Noamnesia, for example, will provide colorful, suggestive sound blocks for both a "film" of hand-painted celluloid made by Coleman and Cindi Greene's animation of anatomical drawings. A brief parody of film noir by Art Institute prof Robert Rayher is matched up with the mostly synthesized sounds of Illusion of Safety, an Eno-influenced "experimental rock" group. Another intriguing matchup: the Vision Saxophone Quartet and Coleman's pixilated montage of Audubon's bird watercolors. Also featured are Walleye, an Urbana-based group, and local gadabout Bradley Parker-Sparrow. Tonight, 6-9 PM, Ka-Boom!, 747 N. Green; 243-8600 or 477-1379.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Debra E. Levie.