Last week, I had a chance to check the initial screening of Flying Lotus’ rescoring of “Heaven and Earth Magic,” a truly combination of synergy between sonic ebullience as well as visual exploration. Unbeknownst to the majority of the crowd, this wasn’t the typical performance by Lotus that would lead to the combination of crowd pleasing heavy bass and bangers but more of an exploration in artistic subtlely and playfulness. The audience was left playfully surprised and amazed at the performance and Mr. Steven Ellison’s ability to successfully dable in new techniques and mediums to express his creativity.
The juxtaposition of life and death, dark and light, heaven and hell were embraced upon and subtly touched with layers of ambient keyboard by Austin Peralta, done in an etherial other worldy improvisional jazz style, touching on minimalist electronic sounds as well as boom bap.he first segment started off slow, with Lotus and Peralta laying down a delicate framework of atmospheric ambient melodies. The sound of a record spinning on a turntable could be heard beneath a complex, layered harp sample. As the film progressed, the music began to evolve more quickly, and FlyLo’s distinct tribal drum patterns kicked in just as a jar of liquid started dancing, and a galloping horse skeleton entered the picture.