The Unified Field - A Sonic Bloom Pre-Party at Cervantes', 4/30/11

The Unified Field - A Sonic Bloom Pre-Party at Cervantes', 4/30/11
Photo: Britt Chester
THE UNIFIED FIELD - A SONIC BLOOM PRE-PARTY
Project Aspect • Nadis Warriors • The Polish Ambassador
R/D • Janover • Heyoka • ESKMO
04.30.11 | Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

A sold-out Cervantes' greeted attendees of last night's Sonic Bloom pre-party. Raised fingers danced through the throngs of people scattered outside hoping for that one person whose friend didn't make it, or for that one person looking to bank some Karma points by hooking up a friend. A small change from the first night saw Jamie Janover taking the microphone for the opening and welcoming everyone for a second night of learning, dancing and togetherness.

Jamie Janover, the founder and creator of Sonic Bloom, came out on stage at 8:15 p.m. to speak to everyone on the Unified Field theory. Alongside Alex and Allyson Grey, Janover first explained the existence of matter, energy, and broke it all down into layman terms, so that we could all have somewhat of an idea as to what he was talking about.

At first, he went into how all atoms are 99.9 percent space, thus inviting everyone to accept that we are all just pieces of space held together by atoms that really aren't even touching. Just as the eyebrows began to raise in reflection, he broke into the geometric aspect of it. He explained the importance of Mayan temples, their locations, and how perfectly geometric they were in terms of the sun location.

Alex and Allyson, Jamie Janover in the background
Alex and Allyson, Jamie Janover in the background
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This led into the explanation of a cubal tetrahedron and how perfectly symmetric it is in terms of triangles, circles, vectors and point-to-point lengths. "Is everyone understanding this? Because all of you should be looking at me with confused faces," Janover said when he finished.

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Janover held a commanding presence on stage next to the Greys. He spoke with confidence on a subject that many may not have been familiar with, but he didn't do it in the way that made everyone feel stupid. He comfortably flicked through slides, touching on the high points and meandering through the harder points. At one point, he mentioned a number, something to the like of 10^53 grams in regard to the weight of one cubic centimeter of "space."

Project Aspect held the opening spot, but that didn't mean much, since the ballroom was packed out immediately following the lecture. Even that early, 9 p.m. felt like a headliner set as Aspect dropped mixes, opening with a banger with Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." (Check him out Sonic Bloom this year.)

Nadis Warriors and the Ballroom
Nadis Warriors and the Ballroom
Photo: Britt Chester

Nadis Warriors, a highly anticipated act on both nights, followed and played what felt to be a heavier set than the previous night. This theme seemed to play through all the acts on the second night with the Ballroom and the Otherside consistently packed for all the artists. When the onesie-sporting, Jose Canseco-esque shades wearing Polish Ambassador came out though, the Otherside exploded. Laughing and dancing behind his tables, Ambassador delivered some hip-hop cuts delightfully fused over heavy dance tracks. "Mathematics," by Mos Def was sped up slightly to keep the BPM's on track, and that was just the beginning. On the heels of Project Aspect, the Ambassador kept the already high energy room on point.

The Polish Ambassador pulled out the Gaper Day outfit and slayed the Otherside
The Polish Ambassador pulled out the Gaper Day outfit and slayed the Otherside
Photo: Britt Chester

Janover was taking over the stage in the Ballroom around 10 p.m., but was having some serious difficulties with his equipment. Apparently, running Powerpoint amongst the copious music programs crashes a computer. Right at the opening of his set, he danced the mallets on his dulcimer for a minute before revealing to the Ballroom that he had to restart his computer. This was actually a foreshadowing for later events in the night, but the delay was accepted with claps and cheers, and then he played on.

Janover's set getting underway in the Ballroom
Janover's set getting underway in the Ballroom
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It was difficult to dance between the Ambassador and Janover's sets. Both offer completely different sounds and creations. Coming from the fast paced bass of the Otherside into Janover's melodious sounds was welcoming and actually quite cooling, thanks to the air vents pumping cool wind down on the floor.

As they closed their sets, Heyoka, whom many were talking about all night, began setting up his gear. He opened slow to the full room, but gradually took everyone to the depths of his world with his cool stage presence. This guy is emotionless on stage, a brick wall of creation, but I'll be damned if he doesn't keep everyone in a deep sweat for the whole time.

ESKMO in between sound interruptions
ESKMO in between sound interruptions
Photo: Britt Chester

ESKMO ran into some serious issues at the opening of his set. Whatever it was had him delayed for about fifteen minutes while the sound guys checked every running wire on the stage. He opened, then it stopped again. Then he played for another chunk of time, and it crashed again. ESKMO was cool about it, though, even if he looked slightly disappointed. Shit happens sometimes, and you take it as it comes. His set featured the same fun, sound-looping toys seen at Snowball, including water bottles, keys, torn paper and crushed cans.

The Great Mundane opening into a tribute to mustaches
The Great Mundane opening into a tribute to mustaches
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After The Great Mundane, who opened his set with a song dedicated to mustaches, L.A. based R/D set about closing down of the Otherside with some heavy hammers of sound. He also threw major props to the Denver music scene saying, "For real, everyone, all artists want to come to Denver and just kill it. We know it's a big deal here. Everyone in the country does."

LA based R/D came strong and hard for Denver
LA based R/D came strong and hard for Denver
Photo: Britt Chester

Damn right.

Click through for Critic's Notebook and more photos

 

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK Personal Bias: Project Aspect at 9 p.m. is pretty much guaranteed premature dance-jaculation. He kills it everytime and will undoubtedly annihilate the stage at Sonic Bloom this summer. Random Detail:The LED lights pointed at Alex Grey's artwork stayed on for the whole show, slightly taking away from the visuals and lights during the performances. Overheard:"They stepped it up big time for the second night!"

Live art the Otherside
Live art the Otherside
Photo: Britt Chester
Jamie Janover and the Grey's in the Ballroom speaking on the Unified Field theory
Jamie Janover and the Grey's in the Ballroom speaking on the Unified Field theory
Photo: Britt Chester
Unified Field theory...theories...
Unified Field theory...theories...
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Unified Field theory...theories and ideas...
Unified Field theory...theories and ideas...
Photo: Britt Chester

 

Eager fans of the Grey's work stood at attention for most of their painting session
Eager fans of the Grey's work stood at attention for most of their painting session
Photo: Britt Chester
Looking south down Welton, right between some snow and wind
Looking south down Welton, right between some snow and wind
Photo: Britt Chester
...and then the snow fell
...and then the snow fell
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Alex Grey enjoying the creative process
Alex Grey enjoying the creative process
Photo: Britt Chester
Conscious Alliance was on hand selling posters and art to feed hungry mouths
Conscious Alliance was on hand selling posters and art to feed hungry mouths
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From Jonathan SInger's visual control deck
From Jonathan SInger's visual control deck
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Additions to Alex and Allyson's live work
Additions to Alex and Allyson's live work
Photo: Britt Chester
Additions to the art in the Otherside
Additions to the art in the Otherside
Photo: Britt Chester

 

Heady glass, feathers, dope wire wraps and more art...like Shakedown, but inside, and with no cops.
Heady glass, feathers, dope wire wraps and more art...like Shakedown, but inside, and with no cops.
Photo: Britt Chester
Sidewalk art courtesy of smokers with too much chalk. It ran nearly 15 feet down the sidewalk and up the wall.
Sidewalk art courtesy of smokers with too much chalk. It ran nearly 15 feet down the sidewalk and up the wall.
Photo: Britt Chester

 

Some fire dancers closing down the night on the boxes
Some fire dancers closing down the night on the boxes
Photo: Britt Chester
A rogue dancer feeling the sounds through her body and shawl
A rogue dancer feeling the sounds through her body and shawl
Photo: Britt Chester
Heyoka sending it deep
Heyoka sending it deep
Photo: Britt Chester
Ballroom with beautiful visuals surrounding
Ballroom with beautiful visuals surrounding
Photo: Britt Chester

 

Andrew Chapman runs the merch for Cervantes, as well as penning these intricate pieces
Andrew Chapman runs the merch for Cervantes, as well as penning these intricate pieces
Photo: Britt Chester
More from the pseudo-Shakedown street
More from the pseudo-Shakedown street
Photo: Britt Chester
The art was in display all night
The art was in display all night
Photo: Britt Chester
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