Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Photo Essay: Music for Your Eyes

In preparation for my upcoming "Amazing Lasers" event for Atlas Obscura this Thursday, I went back to Laserium to finalize plans. And since I was there, I might as well see a show.



I'd been to two Laserium shows already – set to the music of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, respectively – so I didn't think I'd really see anything new.



But it's really amazing how much they can do with some beams of light...



...and some fog...



...and how each show can be totally different from one another visually.



The light show is really choreographed to and customized for the music...



...which, in this case, ranged from early jangly U2...



...to orchestral, atmospheric selections from The Joshua Tree...



...to their trippier, more psychedelic musical fare...



...up through the more electronic offerings of the late 1990s.



I don't think there was anything more recent than "Discotheque"...



...which is already 18 years old...



...making it certifiably "classic rock."



I've gotten a bit burned out over U2...



...with their iPod TV commercials and free iTunes album...



...and recent middle of the road songs on endless recurrent airplay...



...but I hold a special place in my heart for The Joshua Tree...



...for the time that I've spent there, listening to that album...



...where the streets really do have no name...



...and where I never found what I was looking for.



But I kept looking for it.



It was an album inspired by the open spaces of America...



...meant to convey a feeling of a certain time and place...



...namely, the desert.



Seeing the rest of the U2 catalogue come to life in light and color helped me appreciate it a bit better. Watching these shows is like dreaming with your eyes open. You see these images, and you're not sure what they are, and just as you start to identify them, they disappear, or morph into something else.

Sometimes life in the waking hours is like that, too.

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EVENT: Amazing Lasers - with Obscura Society LA
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