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
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.
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.....