“It’s kinda like a dream job, you know what I mean? I don’t have to just go on at midnight and play like banging tracks for an hour and a half, then go to my hotel room and think what does this all mean? We actually get to test the limits of what we can do in this show.” – Kid Koala
This could be the most brilliant as well as bizarre thing I have seen to date, and I saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show as a toddler in the late seventies. I haven’t listened to Kid Koala since his debut album Carpal Tunnel Syndrome back in 2000. Admittedly I found it overly conceptual when frankly I was thirsting for nothing more than a scratch DJ at the time. Fourteen years on and I find that the native of Canada has put in his fair share of work. He has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and just finished the Reflektor Tour with Arcade Fire. He has contributed to scores for the films Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper and The Great Gatsby. Solo releases include the brilliantly named “Your Mom’s favourite DJ” and “The Slew: Forging the new chapter of rock. ’100%’: The iconic rock turntable experience” which deserves it’s own post really.
In what now seems logical from the very beginning, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome came with a comic book as linear notes illustrated by himself, he’s also an award-winning graphic novelist – having released Nufonia Must Fall in 2003 and Space Cadet in 2011. Last month, Nufonia Must Fall Live made its world premiere at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. This live adaptation of the graphic novel unfolds via a real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature stages and a cast of puppets. Kid Koala, real name Eric San, and the Afiara Quartet provide live scoring on piano, strings and turntables. Under the direction of acclaimed production designer KK Barrett (Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), the performance is cinematically lit, filmed, and projected on a cinema screen. This set up sounds perfectly suited to The Roundhouse, or should that be the other way round? Kid Koala’s YouTube channel (kidkoalaproductions) has a couple clips that are well worth a watch just to put some sort of perspective on how all of this is going to work live.
She’s a lonely office girl. He’s an out-of-work robot struggling to find his voice amidst the noise of the city. Little do they know that destiny has programmed them for the greatest love story of our time…
As part of the Summer Sessions at The Roundhouse, tickets for this one-off show are on sale now and you can get yours here. The graphic novel, and accompanying CD soundtrack are available via Amazon.