Announcing ⎯ Polia & Blastema ⎯ a cosmic opera

by Gavin Gamboa

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"Bold. There is no one left exploring new imagery and new sound so radically." - Werner Herzog

"Mindblowingly beautiful. Pure seeing and wonder … otherworldiness magic." - Willem Dafoe

Announcing — Polia & Blastema — a cosmic opera
is a set of B-sides, Stems, and Previews. Download comes bundled with Teaser Trailer.

Full Score will become available at a later date.

Polia & Blastema, E. Elias Merhige's first foray into opera, is a 40 minute gnostic creation myth told through a visual tapestry which journeys into immensely desolate hellscapes of the inorganic as organic folding back onto itself in ever spiraling, fractally superimposing cataclysms of wormhole network (be)longing.

Aesthetically tempered by aspects of decay, rot, earth, and the meta- myth structure of human cognition, the multi-leveled world of Polia & Blastema is in-formed by Viennese Actionism as much as it is by Eugene Thacker’s notions of “the world without us”, of supernatural horror and dissolution, expressed in the separation and (re)union of two entities who in the end feast on one another in ritualistic ecstasy.

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released April 3, 2021

Presented by
Century Guild Creative
Strangeloop Studios
The Teaching Machine

Polia & Blastema
a cosmic opera

Featuring
Nina McNeely
Jasmine Albuquerque

Libretto & Direction
E. Elias Merhige

Creative Direction & Visual Effects Supervisor
David Wexler

Cinematography
Jake Bloch

Composer & Sound Design
Gavin Gamboa

Vocalists
Micaela Tobin
Sharon Chohi Kim

Production Coordinator
Nick Maresh

Animation & Compositing
Alec Maassen
Aron Johnson
Nicholas Juister
David Wexler

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Gavin Gamboa Los Angeles, California

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