history with Subotnick, who was Knoles’s mentor at CalArts in the early 1980s. When she founded the E.A.R. Unit, he inspired her to “bravely embrace electronics” and now it is “in her genes.” Knoles’s collaboration as a performer with Subotnick goes back to the 1988 production of Hungers at ARS Electronica. In this experimental multi-media opera involving layers of live performance, acoustical and computer-generated music by Subotnick, and video and computer images by Ed Emshwiller, state of the art real-time sound and image processing systems expanded and complemented the performances by a singer, a dancer, and three musicians. The latest re-creation of Silver Apples of the Moon (1966) and A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur (1977) embodies Knoles’s own history and evolution from CalArts music student to world-class innovator, performer, and composer. In her most recent collaborations, she composes and performs computerassisted live electronic music with percussion controllers and interactive video, and her work has accurately been described as being of “frightening beauty, fascinating, complex.” The California E.A.R. Unit has earned international critical acclaim, and many awards for its contributions to the field of contemporary American music. Vicki Ray, who has been with the E.A.R. Unit for seventeen years, came to this kind of music at its inception and she shares the same history and experience as Knoles. Whereas the youngest member, Eric Clark, enters at the point where the history and tradition has already been well documented and he brings a different perspective to it. This live performance of Silver Apples of the Moon / A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur tops off three decades of riveting E.A.R. Unit concerts. This is a one time only experience that won’t be seen or heard again in Los Angeles. — REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Downtown L.A. 631 W. 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Celebrating MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles), Issue 16 of Fabrik concentrates on Photography with profiles of the inimitable Catheri...