Morton Subotnick & Lillevan – “As I Live And Breathe” US Premiere At Recombinant Festival

The legendary composer Morton Subotnick and visual artist Lillevan debut their latest live A/V collaboration.

Friday November 15, 2019
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm

$20 Advance Tickets
All ages performance

The two long-running collaborators Morton Subotnick and Lillevan will debut the USA premiere of their newest audiovisual collaboration "As I Live and Breathe" at Recombinant Festival 2019. The composer will summon sounds — both those generated organically and those multiplied by the sonic apparatus – through early electronic instruments and devices, including the iconic Buchla synthesizer. With lyrical moving image by his long-running collaborator Lillevan, the artists will transform the theater through shifting sonic and visual landscapes.


Morton Subotnick

Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre. His work Silver Apples of the Moon has become a modern classic and was recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress. In the early 60s, Subotnick taught at Mills College and with Ramon Sender, and co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center. It was also during this period that Subotnick worked with Don Buchla on what may have been the first analog synthesizer.


Lillevan is an animation, video and media artist. He is perhaps best known as founding member of the visual / music group Rechenzentrum (1997-2008). Lillevan has performed and collaborated with many artists from a wide array of genres, from opera to installation, from minimal electronic experimentalism to dance and classical music. Lillevan recontextualizes, combines and politicizes existing film images and fragments. Since the mid-nineties he has mainly investigated non-narrative facets of film which has lead to completely abstract works, but also to collage explorations of film history, to interactive works for dance groups and much more. The focus is often on the musicality of the imagery, thus defining the moving imagery as an instrument in its own right as opposed to accompanying music.

Creative Producer

Recombinant Media Labs

RECOMBINANT MEDIA LABS (RML) was founded in 1991 by Naut Humon, to research and deploy the cultural qualities and artistic potential of Spatial Cinema and music mediated electro-acoustic surround sound. RML acts as producer, propagator, and presenter of substantive intermodal artworks for its panoramic performance platform the CineChamber. Recombinant Festival is an annual autumn event series in San Francisco that showcases international immersive residencies from RML’s nomadic network. Co-presenters have been Gray Area and Obscura Digital and now STRRR TV.

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