Michael Futreal, musician and multimedia artist

Martian Archaeology

Martian Archaeology was a 2014 Twang Darkly work created for a live performance with animation; the material was also released as album and DVD. It was the first music I created that used my hand-built chromatic dulcimers.

Martian Archaeology

Martian Archaeology (2014)
Rural space music for the Red Planet — a meditation on imagination and discovery.

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Our remote electronic eyes portray only Martian desoloation: dry lands and fading dreams of life. But Mars of Old lives in truer tales recovered by Earthlings of imagination. Mars of Old lives, ages bent through the stranger lens of Martian Archaeology...

I created the animations with various combinations of my own macro photographs of rocks in the Calico Basin and Red Rock Canyon areas of Nevada (where I later went on to serve as an Artist-In-Residence in 2015) alongside of public domain photographs of various archaeological relics from ancient Persia and other areas of the our own world. Naturally, I used some publicly available NASA resources as well. And our inspiration Sun Ra makes a few guest "appearances" in the films thanks to the magic of cut-out animation... and his enduring power.

My 2016 project The Court of King Skebal is another excursion into "rural space music."

City of Shreveport SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE SHREVEPORT REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL WITH FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT.