Thursday, November 8, 2012

Utah musician's album gets light show at Clark Planetarium

Posted By on November 8, 2012, 5:04 PM

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In all Brad Stock’s many lives—musician, practicing Zen Buddhist, Hawaiian surfer, RN—no task has been as challenging as his first professionally produced album, The Atomic Clock. And the album’s companion laser show breaks new ground as the first by a Utah musician at Clark Planetarium.---

The limited-engagement screening runs Thursday to Saturday through Nov. 22. Tickets can be purchased at Clark Planetarium’s website.

Matt Winegar, who produced the album, sums up Stock’s aesthetic well: “[His] music combines several decades of musical influence. ... It’s so cool. It has the magic, and he understands the importance of leaving space in music.”

The Atomic Clock is thematic, “but not on purpose. I didn’t set out to create a concept album”—it just happened that way, Stock says. He says that the album can be seen as kind of like a Tarot deck.

There are “cosmic bookends”—the first song, “The Sun,” and the last song, “The Moon”—with relatable material in the tunes in between, which deal with “the tumultuous emotions of being a human: heartbreak, jealousy, rage, disappointment, coming from my personal interactions,” Stock says. There’s “Anxiety,” for instance, which Stock dedicates in concert to anyone who knows what Xanax is, and “Chasing the Buddha,” about personal spiritual quests and growth.

Stock says that the idea of The Atomic Clock is another way of looking at our lives. “I think of it like we are all ticking time bombs. That clock is a reminder that we are mortal,” he says.

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Perfect fodder for a light show, right? Clark Planetarium hosts shows by classic rock artists like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin—both of whom Stock cites as influential to his music—but has never produced a light show for a local musician.

Stock brought the idea of a light show to accompany the album—which was 2 1/2 years in the making—to the planetarium's management, who said the timing was perfect because they were looking for a way to keep their content fresh and relevant.

“This is the first time that they could sit down with the artist and get their input as to what would be queued up,” says Stock, adding that he worked closely with projectionists Nick Jarvis and Ted Newsome.

For this show, Clark Planetarium utilizes CGI animation with CPU intensive, high-graphic images—not the laser show that you’d expect. Stock says that they were able to mine the planetarium's image library to sync up images to reinforce the power of the music—such as an exploding star or taking the image from the album cover and turning it into a 3-D moon, which is flown through a star field.

Stock will be joined by a full band to perform the album at Music Garage Live (389 W. 1700 South) on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10.

For more information about Stock and to hear songs from The Atomic Clock, visit his website.

THE ATOMIC CLOCK
110 S. 400 West
801-456-7827
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Through Nov. 22
ClarkPlanetarium.org


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