String Theory is an LA based performance ensemble known for their eclectic cinematic music and their inventive sonic sculptures that transform architecture and environments into giant musical instruments. The result is a visually stunning and aurally expansive landscape wherein the performance unfolds.
At its heart, String Theory is a dynamic rock band with classical flourishes and contemporary dancers. A hybrid of kinetic performance components featuring sonic sculpture, dance, and original music, String Theory is an ensemble dedicated to creating innovative multimedia performance work. Their visual and sonic signature revolves around a series of large-scale invented instruments that transform spaces into giant musical instruments with strings running hundreds of feet.
String Theory is excited to release their new EP, REMEMBERING WATER, in conjunction with 9 performances coming up in March in Santa Monica of the evening length performance piece of the same name. This 5 song ep blends their invented instruments, traditional rock and classical instrumentation and vocals to create a fusion of acoustic and electronic textures. Song driven yet cinematic, the new work shimmers with an immersive sonic environment.
REVIEW of Prior Release "Stories"
String Theory, a hybrid performance ensemble out of L.A., is comprised of across the board talent, from dancers and musicians to set designers and architects. The quote from their bio that really struck me, though, was this: “Architecture is transformed into giant musical instruments, spaces become resonators, and audiences are enveloped in a giant canopy of golden musical brass wire and sound.”
Which, of course, is why I researched the extensive press the group has received, leading me to photos of the tutu harp. When I finally dipped into the listening process, I was not surprised to realize that these artists live up to their hype.
Original is absolutely the name of String Theory’s game, and even in the overly ambitious moments on Stories, there’s something to commend, whether it’s an interesting instrumental solo or a unique placement of harp or strings. The album certainly lives up to the group’s acrobatic reputation, though I will say it’s tough to create album fluidity when you’re so genre flexible. String Theory will have to put their brilliant noses to the grindstone for a little extra time in that area. But what an inspiring thing they have going, and honestly, if you can make a harp that a dancer can wear and play, if you have the innovation to wind harp strings through/around buildings and put together an interesting, listenable album, you’re in the musical genius world to stay. Keep refining each gem, String Theory, and you’ll keep exploding our minds.
Reviewed by Alice Neiley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.