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One late night in a performance space last fall, RxRy and Nathaniel mentally and physically synced from opposite sides of the room. That connection has grown in recent months; through shadow-chats and file shares they’ve opened up a limitless thread of possibility, and what breaths here is likely not the last of ideas to materialize. The Birth of Medusa, which works in both the mythological and biological senses of the term, is an audio/visual poem, a written piece scored and rendered into movement. All footage was shot using an iPhone in Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, and all sound was designed by Rx specifically for the text. And with that said, the rest is best absorbed beside.


Formed via email, encouraged via blog love, and funded via kickstarter, the creative relationship between Brooklyn’s Holy Spirits and visual artist, Nathaniel Whitcomb, defines what’s been special about our community in 2010. Above is the latest piece of The Afternoon’s Blood to start moving, and in the next few weeks all of it will (as mentioned by The Road Goes Ever On‘s Cameron Book).

Thanks to a successfully backed project, Nathaniel was flown out from Cleveland to meet the band for the first time and perform together last Saturday at Space Space with fellow collaborators Gem Club accompanied by visual artist BriAnna Olson (pictures below), and again tonight at Issue Project Room. The act will then go west in January.

We all (Aaron, Michael, Nathaniel, Victoria and I) found ourselves hanging in one room on Monday, so naturally this thing called for a snapshot and came out like a roundtable interview:

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Nathaniel from Think or Smile, the man behind our Collaborations artwork, has really outdone himself here.  Put to the gentle sounds of “Fingertips”, the Gem Club and Holy Spirits contribution, this awe-inspiring motion collage brings said artwork and song to life.

Read more about the project here. Order your tape here (only 15 left!). And look for the full digital release at the end of the week.