Joshua Light Show

Manuel Göttsching & Joshua Light Show @ Tm – HKW, February 4th, 2012

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The performance programme of transmediale reflects the relationship between “old” and “new” media. A range of works will be presented which use digital “listening devices” to analogue media and thereby lure out the “ghosts in the machine” that gives name to this performances programm.

Joshua Light Show perform in a setting which combines analogue with modern digital projection techniques. As a special highlight, JLS featuring Manuel Göttsching (Ash Ra Tempel/Ashra, de), know as Krautrock / cosmic / minimalism giant, will be bringing together analogue and digital sound-production, and featuring exponents of so-called hauntology and hypnagogic pop.

Manuel Göttsching’s (de) carrier spans over 40 years. First known in the early 1970s as a founder of the German cosmic rockers Ash Ra Tempel – later known as Ashra – Göttsching earned a reputation with his usually atmospheric and subtle guitar work. After a number of albums throughout the 70s, Göttsching’s most decisive and enduring work was released in 1984: E2-E4, a masterpiece of economy. Its hypnotic, treated synth and drum machine loop morphs and unfolds gradually over the entire first side of the album without ever loosing focus – before side two continues with Göttsching’s unique guitar-playing, which unpretentiously blends into the soundscape. With its stringent funkiness and minimalist sonic precision, it became a touchstone for much of the electronic dance music that would later emerge from Germany and internationally. Göttsching has remained active throughout the years while maintaining his position as grand seigneur of Krautrock, cosmic and minimal music.

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Joshua Light Show @ Transmediale – HKW, January 31st, 2012

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In 1967, as the idea of synesthesia between music and light was becoming part of the culture, Joshua White founded the Joshua Light Show. JLS was a group of artists who performed together, improvising multi-media projections in live concert venues. While much of their work was created for classical music and jazz, a major turning point came with the opening of Bill Graham´s Fillmore East in the spring of 1968. The Joshua Light Show were resident artists at Fillmore East and performed live behind all the major musical artists of the time: Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix. During this same period, JLS toured Europe and created the legendary party scene for John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy.

The video below shows a piece of 1 minute of White’s vintage-light show, first time presented in Germany.

In recent years, the Joshua Light Show has received renewed attention in the art world as White collaborated with artist Gary Panter to recreate aspects of his legendary light shows at The Anthology Film Archives (2004) and with the artist Bec Stupac at The Kitchen, both in New York (2007). Since then, the Joshua Light Show has featured in many exhibitions in the USA and UK.
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