Lab Journal

Removal of subjects’ temporal lobes reveals an absence of typical grey matter in these outwardly normal cranial cavities. In what would, under typical conditions, be merely a canal for the optical nerve, these specimens’ visual passageways are flooded with shuffling cogs, glitchy synthesizer illuminations, and bounce houses. Prodding further unveils other oddities: Jell-O water slides in place of cerebral aqueducts, massive computer mainframes wedged into the longitudinal fissures, and a series of mechanical shoots and ladders filling the vast caverns of the third ventricles.

These evolutionary advantages allow the subjects to absorb key sensory experiences [i.e., light and sound] and refract them outwardly in a data-rich prism of musical and visual expression. Such findings are uncommon in human specimens; a peer review of said data must be held to explore the ramifications of the results.

Join new wave turned no wave icons David Byrne and Brian Eno Saturday evening at the Fillmore at 1700 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. The musical lab partners are performing hits from their 20-year legacies as well as newly crafted songs from their latest collaborative electronic gospel album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. Join the peer review at 8 p.m. Tickets range $36.50 to $66.50. Get them at Ticketmaster.
Sat., Dec. 13, 2008

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