I had the pleasure of chatting with local Portland band, MSHR in recent days. In fact, it is not really fair at all to call MSHR simply "a band". Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy are sculptors of light, sound, solder, and space. MSHR create their own instruments which are driven by proximity, light, and voltage. Other worldly sounds accompany flashing lights and culminate in an ocean of bleeps and wobbles. It was a joy to meet such pleasant and humble people who are so fully dedicated to creating sub cultural art. I wish them the best as they move to a residency in New York to further cultivate their creative performance art.
There was an amazing turnout for the Portland Alphabest animation showing / Reel review. I was honored to be a judge during the process and see some of Portland's finest motion graphic artists and animators from all walks and styles. There is a great pool of very talented people here in Portland and it is exciting to see the community and the talent therein growing.