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LICHTSPIEL MUTATION 2: ALECHSIS (2013)

Lichtspiel Mutation 2 is a 23 minute audiovisual composition / music drama for live electronics and video projection. It is based on characters, plot elements and footage fragments from the 1948 film "The Amazing Mr. X" by Bernard Vorhaus. Rather than a conventional retelling of the story, the elements are transformed, misunderstood and mutated into an ambiguous, mythological adventure of almost epic proportions, told through diagrams and narrative devices inspired by late 1970's text-based computer games. The piece was premiered at Worm, Rotterdam, in January 2013 as part of the Gonzo(Circus) curated "Mind the Gap" concert series.

The underlying idea behind Marcus Fjellström's Lichtspiel Mutation series is to use old, forgotten films in the 'public domain' as raw material, to be de- and reconstructed into new pieces of experimental music drama. The original film constitutes the seed of its own rebirth; themes, arch and narrative from the film are kept intact, as well as actual moving image material, but 'remixed' into a completely new form; a poetic visual/musical work that conceptually shares similarities with opera and/or ballet, but becomes something completely different altogether.

The first installment of the Lichtspiel Mutations series was LICHTSPIEL MUTATION 1: WHITECHAPEL, based on Hugo Fregonese's 1953 film "Man in the Attic", a Jack the Ripper narrative. Lichtspiel Mutation 1 opened the Unsound Festival in Kraków, Poland in october 2010, featuring an expanded 45-piece Sinfonietta Cracovia string orchestra conducted by Daniel Bjarnason and a guest appearance by fellow Miasmah artist Elegi (Tommy Jansen) on live electronics.


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