Brenda Hutchinson (b. 1954)

Violet Flames (1993)

Violet Flames, Parts 1 & 2 (1993) In rare interviews, sound and music recordings, this work portrays the philosophy and doctrine of the "Church Universal and Triumphant" headquartered in Corwin Springs and Emigrant, Montana. The producer's sister has been a member of the church for many years, sparking Hutchinson's interest in this controversial religious community. Part 1 is made up of many stories that reflect the individual and his/her relationship to the Church and its teachings. Part 2 includes more controversial topics such as politics, weapons, and shelters. This work is not an exposé but an attempt to provide complex and sympathetic portraits of the people involved. Co-commissioned by Harvestworks, Inc.

1. Part 1

2. Part 2

BRENDA HUTCHINSON (San Francisco, CA) is a sound artist whose work includes performance and compositions for dance, opera, film, video, and radio. She has built interactive installations and exhibits; worked as a video producer and sound consultant at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, as a sound engineer at Harvestworks, Inc. in New York, and as Senior Sound Designer for the multimedia company, Convivial Design in San Francisco. Recordings of her work are available through Tellus and Deep Listening/Oliveros Foundation.

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