MICHAEL DREWS

Plissken

July 16th, 2016

Plissken (2016)

Plissken No. 1 feat. Big Robot

Plissken No. 2

Death of the Mechanical Man

May 23rd, 2016

Death of the Mechanical Man (2015)

Death of the Mechanical Man is a 20 minute multimedia work featuring film and live musical performances by Big Robot and Shannon Lee Hayden. The work was developed in collaboration with artists Jordan Munson and Brian McCutcheon.

Death of the Mechanical Man (teaser) from Michael Drews on Vimeo.

HERETIX

November 25th, 2015

HERETIX is a full length album by MANA2 featuring works composed during 2009-2015.

Surveillance

February 11th, 2015

Surveillance (2012) Music for bicycle wheel, harp and interactive electronic music

Surveillance is formed from a progression of indeterminate gestures defined by a particular timbre or mode of action. These cells of activity can be initiated and shaped by the players with considerable freedom, but are guided by key moments of harmonic and structural articulation in the electronic accompaniment. Progress through the score results in a developing counterpoint of texture and tone color. The sonic atmosphere created in the work is intended to be evocative of omnipresence, detachment and voyeurism. Score excerpt

Big Robot performs Surveillance with Erzsébet Gaál at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis.

Noir

February 11th, 2015

Noir (2010) 2-channel audio with video

Noir is an immersive multimedia work for mixed percussion, interactive electronic music and video. The work explores sonic and visual darkness. 

Video from the Big Robot dvd album, available at Unmanned Studios Records.

Noir from Michael Drews on Vimeo.

Resurrection

February 11th, 2015

Resurrection (2011) 2-channel audio

Something lost is recovered, reawakened. It breaks darkness with a white energy that builds in strength and luminance. Rest will not last, as darkness is always reborn.

End Times

February 9th, 2015

End Times (2012, 2015) 2-channel audio with video

End Times is inspired by the cycles of decay and rebirth found all around us in nature and in the human condition. The sounds heard in the piece are almost entirely derived from the 1945 song ‘Till the End of Time’ by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mosseman.

CrazyFace

February 7th, 2015

CrazyFace (2012) 2-channel audio

The piece is inspired by a strange series of reports involving people mysteriously losing consciousness during August 29-October 31,1971 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In each of these incidents, the victim described seeing a tall figure with bandages or some type of cloth mask concealing the face. According to reports the bandaged man, who has acquired the nickname CrazyFace, never spoke or made physical contact with any of the victims. There appears to be no connection between these incidents other than the alleged appearance of the bandaged man, which in all accounts is described as the last thing seen before losing consciousness. There has never been any official explanation of the cause of these incidents.

Water Mining

February 6th, 2015

Water Mining (2104) interactive sculpture and sound performance

Brian McCutcheon
Jordan Munson
Michael Drews

Water Mining is an interactive sculpture built to collect and amplify the underwater sounds of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park lake in Indianapolis. The work was commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of the Autumn Equinox celebration event in 2014. Versions of the work include a live musical response to the sculpture broadcasts using amplified water and electronic sounds.

Monster Prisons

January 14th, 2015

Monster Prisons (2014) 2 channel audio with video.

Monster Prisons is a ghost story inspired by drawing, building and playing with my son Martin. The piece embraces the connection between play and creativity.