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Music for Silent Films: Meshes of the Afternoon and Chumlum

Music for Silent Films: Meshes of the Afternoon and Chumlum

In this special edition of Music For Silent Films, laptop musician Chris Becker teams up with percussionist, electronic and noiz artist SPIKE the Percussionist and jazz/blues/free improv drummer extraordinaire Richard Cholakian. The trio will perform LIVE to two groundbreaking films of the avant-garde, Maya Deren's surreal and violent "Meshes of the Afternoon" and Ron Rice's orgiastic homage to the late great Jack Smith "Chumlum." Both films will be screened in 16mm format.

The music will blend improvisatory with composed elements, as Becker and SPIKE have both chosen to create templates that will guide the sonics accompanying each film. The instrumentation will include drums, more drums, and still more drums, tabletop electronics, laptop computer, and two Kaoss pads.

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77011

Tickets: $10. Tickets can be purchased at


Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) by Maya Deren

Chumlum (1964)

Original music realized and performed by:

Chris Becker – Laptop, Kaoss Pad

Richard Cholakian – Drums, Percussion

SPIKE the Percussionist – Drums, Percussion, and Electronics

For more information contact Chris Becker at


Sun, March 24, 2013
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Frenetic Theater
5102 Navigation Blvd.
Houston, TX 77011