By now readers of this column have gotten used to seeing reviews of live tapings at Austin City Limits television which airs nationally on PBS. Folks may not be aware that local PBS affiliate, KLRU produces Arts in Context a show that delves deeper into the work of artists and how they create, collaborate and incorporate elements together. Emmy award-winning producer, Mario Troncoso, makes the documentary show.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. (CST) KLRU will air an episode on The Octopus Project, an Austin electro-pop band that has been fusing music, electronics and visual multi-media elements to create music made for a Sundance award-winning film, fantastic videos and collaborative visual projects. The band is known for high-energy, visually stunning live music performances in venues all over the world.
Watching the episode tonight is an excellent way for viewers to learn more about the creative process and approach The Octopus Project take in delivering experiential live shows that set the group apart from the crowd. KLRU has produced a short preview of the episode, which will give viewers an idea of what to expect.
Attention to minute details is apparent in the scintillating performances the band has made their hallmark. While many bands employ visuals to augment their stage show, The Octopus Project takes it a step further, producing bit-mapped moving images that are designed to compliment the music in a way that emphasizes the sound instead of distracting the audience. The contrast between the stylized presence of front woman, Yvonne Lambert (vocals, keys, Theremin) and the rest of the band who are extremely energetic and often trade instruments, provides an interesting perspective.
The group makes visually stunning videos to go along with their music. If you have not already clicked through to The Octopus Project website and watched the video on their landing page you should. The video is an example of how the band used a collaborative process to produce the project. 21 artists and filmmakers contributed to making a short piece of the three minute clip including band members Toto Miranda and Josh Lambert. Wiley Wiggins (Dazed and Confused) and Geoff Marslett (Loves Her Gun director) are among the credited contributors.
Immediately following the episode KLRU will air an encore presentation of their episode on another great, Austin act, Mother Falcon at 8 p.m. Beginning August 1 the The Octopus Project episode will be available to stream at the PBS app on Apple TV, Roku and XBox. The episode is available to stream for a limited time on the KLRU website as well.