Acid Rain Lightshow


Formed in 1974 when I noticed that all the light shows had disapeared.
Performed in the Vancouver, British Columbia area mostly at underground events. Knowing no one who had done light shows, we had to figure things out for ourselves. Couldn't do liquids for at least the first ten years, so developed a slide and movie based show, which when the liquids were added in the 80's, became what it is today.

Adding to the show constantly since those long ago days of '74, there are now around 1,200 slides, making the slides the most up front part of the show.
The slide projectors we use are all Kodak Carousel projectors. The rest are all old
beaters so we are definitely Low-Tech!!
Improvisation is key to what we do and seems to be the way the best combinations come up.
Here's a story...
We were doing a gig in an old movie theatre in the Skid Row section of Vancouver with a band called Crazy Fingers. A slide came up that I had taken of rain puddles on blacktop. A car had leaked gas so each little droplet was a different colour.
The black background didn't show so there were just these coloured globes. We removed all the other slides and took off the movies and just let the liquids person improvise over the unmoving coloured blobs.
After a few minutes some of our friends came up to the balcony, you can guess their state and asked us how we were doing that? I think they might have been disappointed it was something so simple.

Not to say the movies and liquids are anything but important. Until the National Film Board of Canada got rid of it's 16mm films, they were our main source. Since then we have acquired a few old N.F.B. films, plus old cartoons and weird stuff.
The underlying philosophy of Acid Rain Light Show is to try (but never attain) to show what one sees with their eyes closed when they are high.
The only performer we have worked with that anyone outside of Vancouver would have heard of was Wavy Gravy at a Seva benefit.
That was fun.

Greg Evans

Update - June 2003:
The number of slides would now be somewhere around 3,000, not the 1200 it used to be.
We recently added a second overhead. Suddenly we could do a lot of the things we'd seen in pictures from the 60s but couldn't figure out how they were done.
It was liquids over liquids.....




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