Concept, score, lyrics, production 2016 by Confinement Loaf with spells by Uta Plotkin.
A tale of a world controlled by the conditions of our contrivances where humanity, machines and magic vie for the illusions of power. Nine musicians, with backgrounds in metal, experimental and classical will perform from an open form score written for: sound generators, percussion, field recordings, keyboard, voice and live video projection.
The Oppressed: The desire for power and the struggle for autonomy.
The Presider: The solo voice of power organized through a system of offenses.
The Orator: The power of memory presented through a diary of humanity.
The Conductor: A bodiless controller, presented as a live video projection, who exists only for power.
The Omnipotent Being: A force of ultimate power.
The Minstrels: The instruments of power.
Together they conjure an experimental cauldron of floods, storms, spells, and battles for the ultimate tragedy of triumph.
The Oppressed- Sera Hatchett
The Presider- Marlin Mangles
The Orator- Andria
The Conductor- Ted
The Omnipotent Being- Ron Damasceno
Percussionist- Doug Camp, Multi-Instrumentalist- Bruce Hormann, Keyboardist- Kentaro Murai
Special Effects- Adrian Martin
live Sound Engineer- Chris Tanaka Canwell
THE OPPRESSED (vocalist) : UTA PLOTKIN (Inverted Crosses/Aranya/Witch Mountain)
THE ORATOR (libretto) : ANDRIA (teleg./Confinement Loaf)
THE PRESIDER (vocalist) : LUCIANO MARAZZO
OMNIPOTENT BEING (audio engineering/field recordings/tape loops) : TRAVIS APPELMANN (Lucky Dragons)
THE CONDUCTOR (conductor/score) : TED (teleg./Confinement Loaf)
THE CONDUCTOR'S ASSISSTANT (conductor effects) : ADRIAN MARTIN
MINSTREL (sound effects/multi-instrumentalist) : TYLER KELLOGG (Cult of Zir/Aranya)
MINSTREL (percussion) : DOUG CAMP ( Wende / Skinwalker )
MINSTREL (keyboards/tape loops) : ALEX MOE (Space Movies)
To Express an Idea from THE ARGONAUT