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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti's Industrial Symphony #1

by Sarah Gentile

BAM is very excited to welcome David Lynch back to the stage tonight for a conversation with New York Public Library’s Paul Holdengräber. While processing former BAM President Harvey Lichtenstein's files in the archives this week, processing archivist Michael Messina noticed a familiar name on one of the folders.

Back in 1989, as part of the Next Wave Festival, David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti presented Industrial Symphony No. 1 featuring Julee Cruise. (Badalamenti and Cruise also collaborated with Lynch on the score and music for Twin Peaks.)

Lynch was shooting Wild at Heart at the time, and filmed co-stars Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern to project during the performance on the Opera House stage. Michael J. Anderson (the Little Man From Another Place in Twin Peaks) was also part of the performance. Lynch later recalled, "It was my first live thing and I learned that many things go wrong and many, many, many more things almost go wrong."

Most of the music from the show can be found on Julee Cruise's albums Floating Into Night and The Voice of Love. The performance was released as a film the following year, and can be viewed it in its entirety after the jump.

Industrial Symphony #1 was part of the 10th annual installment of New Music America and kicked off the 1989 Next Wave Festival. The evening was a round robin of three events in all of BAM's spaces and also included commissioned works by acclaimed jazz musicians Lester Bowie and Kip Hanrahan. The event was co-directed by Yale Evelev, now of Luaka Bop, who coincidentally will also be back at BAM this week for ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor.

New Music America happens to have had some excellent promotional materials, including these stickers and mailing labels featuring the New Music America logo:

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