Imagine a narrative film with a live soundtrack.
Mike Gamble says that's the easiest way to describe the performance he and other musicians will give for his Gamble's master's degree thesis Sunday night at Oregon State University.
The performance will feature a mixture of three narrative films, projections, experimental video, sound design, and an ensemble playing live music, he said.
Gamble, a guitarist and audio instructor at OSU, will earn a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies that he's been working toward since the fall of 2016.
The thesis performance is the final part of "Soundbox," a mini-music and sound festival, which he co-curated with Andrew Nigon. It features sound shows and art installations created by students, alumni and faculty. The final performances are Friday in OSU's Woodshop Projects in the basement of Fairbanks Hall.
Cellist Lori Goldston is one of the musicians joining Gamble in his thesis show. They toured together in Europe to open for the doom-metal band Earth. Goldston also played with Nirvana in the early 90s at the band's famed "MTV Unplugged" performance in New York, and during its final tour with late frontman Kurt Cobain, Gamble said.
Bassist Andrew Jones of Portland, where Gamble lives, and drummer Ryan Biesack, director of the OSU Jazz Ensemble, will also perform.
"The last person is Jon Thomson, who is a wonderful student," Gamble said. Thomson does projections during the performance.
The musicians will add a little more to the thesis presentation than their playing.
"There will be a performance art aspect to it as well," Gamble said.
Gamble, who will play guitar in front of the projections and films, said he shot all of the video on location in Corvallis and Portland with his cellphone.
"And then there is a lot of video art that is embedded into the film itself that is shot all over the place," he said.
Gamble's thesis performance will be an ongoing project for him as he plans to do an artist residency in California this summer.
"The goal is basically to develop a touring multimedia orchestra," he said.
The performance, he said, is "a nice mix of my studies in three departments and encompasses cultural semantics and social engagement."
Gamble is grateful for the support he has received from his adviser, Dana Reason, and Lee Ann Garrison, director of the School of Arts & Communication, who encouraged him to pursue the master's degree.
"It's been such a wonderful experience. I owe a lot to them," he said.