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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Triptych Protozoa

posted by on July 24 at 13:08 PM

v1laser.jpgThe lasers at the Pacific Science Center Laser Dome aren’t just thin lime green lines of light. They are full color, 3D, multiple source flames of kaleidoscope. Ivan the laserist is a true arteest. The smoke machine spews and the lasers lick your face. The spindled hypno-tapestry patterns roll and spray butterfly wings with scattershot geometry. The proper way to view in the laser dome is to lie down. Ivan will splice you into a whale. There is earth and vertigo. The mothership heaves the motherboard overboard, who are the creatures that go? This is the dawning of the age of laserius.

Dang, who dosed me?

Voyager One played in the Laser Dome this past Saturday night. They’ve never sounded better. They are the perfect laser band. (Show preview.) Big round sound in a big round room. It was a gothic shoegaze séance. Very, very tight. Tight enough to drift to. Highlights were “Gun,” “Bed of Sound,” “Asleep in a Stereo Field,” “Satellite Eye,” and their cover of Pink Floyd’s “In the Flesh?” V1 has just released a new single + remixes called Bed of Sound. Download at

And then there were the 16mm projections from Projectorhead. Yes, lasers and projections. Projectorhead uses up to five projectors and shows scenes from old movies and science films. It’s a subconscious interplay, ambiguous windows into what you may or may not be thinking. Scenes cut from summer camp horror stories to WWII rifle training, to water ballet, to Godzilla, and finally to lava.

Lasers and projections and Voyager One. An ultra fitting combination. A triptych for sure. A three-piece. The father, the sun, and the holy spear jet.


The only thing to do was sit back or lie down and take it all in. The laser dome spun the electron shell. Tungsten is the filament that makes light bulbs work. I now understand. Get inside the tungsten. Projectorhead cuts to a new scene, Voyager One starts a new song, and Ivan goes light-speed.

You are protozoa. A one-celled organism. And you’re shooting through space.

(Pictures by: Brook Sorgen)

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damn, sounds like i missed out. sounds like i should have found more motivation to stop watching house-flipping shows on tlc and braved the rain. thanks for the review.

Posted by donte | July 24, 2007 2:44 PM

hooray for acid!

Posted by jz | July 24, 2007 3:41 PM

Trent, you put it so Trently.

The holy spear jet. Protozoa. Age of laserius.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Posted by Monty | July 24, 2007 6:25 PM

How was the drummer, Trent? The drummer!

Posted by Paulus | July 24, 2007 8:48 PM

I fully enjoyed reading this.

How you do it Trent? Words fit the puzzle into the puzzle.

Posted by Knasty | July 24, 2007 10:35 PM

The drummer was awesome. I'm hoping to see them play there again.

Posted by roboto | July 25, 2007 4:02 PM

Thanks for the fine review, Trent.

Heads were on a swivel the entire evening - there was so much to take in with the music, Projectorhead's incredible film visuals, and the three laser projectors searing holes in your retinas.

The Dome's got some other cool stuff coming up in the next few months and we'll be booking Voyager One for another show in the coming year.

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