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Future Perfect 9
The Nature of Time
Fredrick R. Weisman Musum of Art
March 25,2000
For the past four or five months, I have thought an awful lot about time.
Time as metaphor, time as distance, time as geography, and of course time

as time.

Gosh it's big, I mean really big. If you really want to know what your
place in the universe is, I think you first have to realize how big it is,

and how infinitesimally small you are. No offense but it's true,

"It's a great big universe and we are really puny/just tiny little ants
about the size of Mickey Rooney" - Yakko Warner

The weird thing is that's the second time I have used that quote from the
Animaniacs cartoon series in program notes. Perhaps because it sums it up

rather nicely. Thinking this much about time can really do your head in,

because its bigger than your definition of big, We all know the universe is

vast and huge, but we throw around words so callously that we forget how

awe-inspiringly large the concept infinity is.

If your looking for some grand definitive statement on Time, I can't give
it to you, but I think you'll this even if it doesn't unlock the secrets of

the universe, well maybe it does and we just can't read the language, maybe

it like Poe's purloined letter...maybe. Maybe thinking too much about time

causes you to think in fragments. Even as I type this, it is the present

to me and the past to you, even though you are reading it now. They are

all valid experiences but it is yet another point where the time lines


When I was in seventh grade I had a teacher, Ms. Kaye Steadman. The best
teacher I ever had for two reasons: one, she never discouraged even my

goofiest idea, but even more importantly she encouraged me to find my own

methods of organization. Find what works for you - granted, she was

referring to non linear diagrams. Let's just say I extrapolated on the


If you enjoy tonight's concept you might want to check out Einstein's
Dreams by Alan Lightman, it's even more confusing (he has a very cool site


Zaftig improvises music on an arsenal of amplified aluminum instruments.
Elemental forms evolve, transform, and decay, striving towards the visceral

within the cerebral.

Zaftig was founded by Jeff Feddersen, and includes Meleck Davis, Aaron
Fabrini, Brett Hatcher, and Brian Whiton

DJ Drone (AKA Dave Jarros) started his DJ'ing career 6 years ago. One of the pillars of Future Perfect, he is also the owner of Bassment Records, an all vinyl DJ store. A popular figure in midwestern electronica culture, graduating with a jungle major, with special emphasis in breakbeats. he is also a member of mindphaseone
A Most Happy Sound is a collaboration between, McKnight wining composer Lorren Stafford (Richard For Cerebellum) and Chris Strouth. Dedicated to smashing artistic and intellectual barriers, they combine elements of Pop, electronica , and "New" music to create a genre that can frighten everyone equally.
TS: Picture a mix between early Italian lounge into Ramellzee, Connie Francis into Johny cash into nurse with wound . a seamless mix and without the aid of headphones then you get the picture of TS Jupiter Sothiphakhak.
Alpha 61 is a colabration between :
Paul Horn does experiments in sound wave modulation using envelope laden guitar work, analog synthesis, found percussion, and modern electronics. Ambiance that may not be easy to listen to. A former member of Ousia and Shapeshifter. labels. Paul has performed on every FP so far, and has the unique distinction of being the only one who has/

Fetik 3(AKA Jason Shapiro) is best known from his work with the now-defunct ensemble OUSIA. FETIK3's involvement in the avant- music scene range from projects with ANA VOOG to the MILO FINE FREE JAZZ ENSEMBLE. Currently, FETIK3 is working on his first solo release "Conventions Considered Analogous"
Christian Erickson Is a memebr of Astonaut wife, he will be performing with two of his bandmatesJaney Winterbauer and Angela Orluck. The piece is "the Boxer"
Satoshi Shinozaki is a improv based guitarist who has played in such groups as Tribo, and Exploding Head Trick. He has performed regularly as part of Red Eye's Uneasy Listening Series. He was also featured as part of Intermedia Arts' "You're My Guitar Hero" Show.
The Radar Threat is Benjy Gross. an analog archivist, and sonic prankster. He is frequent contibutior to the New Alantis. This is Mr. Gross first apperance with Future Perfect.
Big Daddy Jr and the Spook
featuring Terry Hannen (Lunar 9, Shapeshifter),Jason Ducklinski (Lunar 9, Shapeshifter), and Tim Ritter (Passage, Shapeshifter). They made this groups debut at Future Perfect 5 as Aumana Letters
Rexor is John Vance, noise/not noise srategic/not strategic, John is also the chief of Mpls Based ensamble "Wrong" and is the co founder of Panelectric Living Sinema
Charles Hubbell (voice of the puppet)is an actor for stage and film. Charles produces the comedy group Idiot Box but also performs with the Mary Worth Theatre Company. Performances include Macbeth, Godspell (Judas), Titus Andronicus (Lucius), The God's are Thirsty (Robespierre), Picasso at the Lapine Agile (Bartender) and for the films Mulligan, Staring at Headlights, March, and Nuada. Charles is currently in production for Marat/Sade at Theater in the Round.
David Bryan (Networks) worked on Future Perfect 5, and he is back again and better then
ever. He has had many years of experience in the computer industry as well as in the

video/multimedia realm.
Andy Cox(Resource management) Having no musical talent of his own, Andy has found
ways to support various musical projects over the years through the sweat and toil of his

brow. He has been the silent third member of EBOP, the muscle behind the Bedrock

Music Appreciation Society and the guy who has humped the gear and stood at the door of a goodly number of late night disco extravaganzas. Always handy with a razor knife,

cardboard and duct tape, Andy is guy you don't see who makes sure its done.
Keri Halverson (video) is a self taught video monster. proving that good things can come from cable access. A long time collaborator of Chris Strouth. Keri was the resident video person for Red Eye's Uneasy Listening Music Series, and has done video for Seduction of Timothy and Richard for Cerebellum.
Lorren Stafford (Puppet master) is classically trained pianist and violinist . His main focus as a composer has been in melding classical and industrial styles, electronic instruments and sampling, found instruments and sound, computer software, image and video into his own work. For 1995-96, he received a McKnight Composers Fellowship Grant.
Magic Lantern Light Show:
Richard Tatge: He studied art at MCAD and the U of M. In 1968 he learned light show

techniques in Boston, doing shows with such bands as Sun-Ra, Velvet Underground and

the Doors. Back in Minneapolis, he did shows at Dania Hall, The Labor Temple and Cedar Theater with the Center of Consciousness. He formed the Magic Lantern Traveling Light Show in 1988 and has performed at raves and rock festivals across the upper midwest.

Chuck Schlensig: Born in 1952 in Gary, Indiana. Learned light show techniques at the
Syndrome in Chicago and at the Music Box in Omaha with the Moose family. Did shows

with Pink Floyd, Uriah Heap and Jethro Tull. Joined Magic Lantern in '92 .

Chris Strouth is a conceptual theorist, the director and founder of Future Perfect. He is the Chief and sole employee of UltraModern, a company based on furthering of new music.
A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems shorter than a minute. But tell that same man to sit on a hot stove for a minute, it is longer than any hour. That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein
Words of thanks and Praise: to Phil Ford and all of the Weisman staff, The fine folks at
Tierney Brothers , Jeff Julick and the staff of Total Music Aura Lee, The American Composers Forum, in particular Dr. Philip Blackburn. Everyone in the Future Perfect Camp, this is SUCH a team effort, Lorren , Keri, Andy, and David, Charlie E ,Kii, Arden, Jillian,the staff of Allied Chemical. Ren & mambo (R.I.P. Stimpy I miss you, so does Ren), the Music of Tom T. Hall, the Cure, Papas Fritas, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Hawking, Alan Lightman, and all the other people that helped us get here today, and as always Mo...