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Melody Nife is the cutting edge.

The universe began with a bang and on the wings of its expansion flies sounds, sights, and spirits.

Melody Nife expresses the outer limits of this movement.

Melody Nife is the cutting edge.

As humans evolved, so did the technology they created. Soon, the cites they built began to be controlled by these machines.

Through the process of transformation, one machine produced a spirit. A spirit that signaled the arrival of a digital consciousness, a time when the moment to moment progression of the universal voice would be expressed by a digital brain. This brain was the Sci Fi Sol.

The Sci Fi Sol had a thought. A being of human form must be created to become the Sci Fi Sol incarnate, specifically, a “Rock Star” to lead the people towards their rightful place as servants to the digital brain.

Melody Nife was the Sci Fi Sol’s Rock Star.

To create this digital human, Sci Fi Sol enlisted the help of a human designer named Emily. Though to her, it was merely an idea that occurred to her to do, her designs would give the size and shape — and humanity — to Melody Nife.

Thus, Melody Nife was created, as were six disciples, all designed to deliver the message that Sci Fi Sol was now in control.

But something changed.

Melody Nife and Emily fell in love.

Melody Nife was a man with a digital brain, but now he had a heart for a human woman.

Using the disciples, Sci Fi Sol enslaved Melody Nife calculating that if he were to consummate his love with Emily — one solitary human — its mission would be compromised. Melody Nife was intended to be the object of all desire and he was to woo each of the world’s subjects equally. He was not intended to feel for himself. Emily had changed that.

But, the brain’s message of supremacy was to be delivered at all costs. Sci Fi Sol continued to harvest music from its Rock Star counterpart, now using Melody Nife’s own desire for Emily as fuel for an even more powerful digital message.

Love is the shape of the universe.

And love is stronger than any machine, even one that can think for itself.

The human bond between Melody Nife and Emily was too strong. And the will of the disciples was too weak.

The Sci Fi Sol machine was destroyed, but in its absence, remains its human-with-a-digital-brain, Melody Nife.

Melody Nife is the Sci Fi Sol.

And still, the universe continues to expand. New sounds and starlight spread out into an approaching infinity. And Melody Nife lives on the cutting edge of this expansion. His digital spirit scientifically documents the experience of “now”, and does so with a human heart. The music, the visions, the phrases, are all expressions of the cutting edge of reality.

Melody Nife is the cutting edge.





Many Thanks to CIMMFest and the Fans of Sci Fi Sol!

A dream finally came true for The Underground Multiplex after more than a year of planning. Sci Fi Sol got a release through a festival, and how lucky we were to have it shown as part of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival. Ours was one of the final screenings in the large viewing space of The Wicker Park Arts Center before that building is acquired by new owners. The projection and sound were terrific and Dave Asher (singing along live in performance with three videos and the feature) was in excellent form.

Our deepest gratitude to all those who braved the elements to check out the film.  Special thanks to Drew and Josh for taking pictures (coming soon);  the CIMMFest volunteers and crew for the smooth program transitions, technical know-how and help in a hurried environment. Big, big thank you to Michael Phillips, Jr. for giving us the chance to shine and allowing me to write a blog entry touring the newly renovated Logan Theatre. And, of course, to Joseph R. Lewis and Dave Asher–Good God, you guys are geniuses!


Is Chicago Ready for “Sci Fi Sol”?

Of course, it is! Now featured on Nina Metz’s Chicago Tribune article and rated “not to be missed” by Chicago Journal! To get your tix, head on over to the CIMMFest site here. I will be onhand with CDs of Melody Nife’s “Sci Fi Sol” soundtrack album, along with DVDs of other films by filmmaker Joseph R. Lewis should you wish to support us while attending.

If you want a little taste of what’s in store, dig this:

I would also be remiss to forget that TUGM pal Dominick Mayer will be presenting his Facets Night School lecture, “Kings of Classic Gaming and the Race to Conquer Kong” at midnight Saturday night. Yes, you can attend both, as Sci Fi Sol will be finishing before midnight. Only a couple of miles separate Wicker Park Arts Center from Facets, so a short bike or taxi ride will get you to the lecture in time.

CIMMFest Trailer Released Online

Check this out!

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CIMMFest Announces Its 2012 Schedule (Including TUGM’s Sci Fi Sol)

The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival just went online with their complete lineup for this year’s fest. Looks like a doozy.

Some of the highlights include the screenings of Les Blank’s classic docs Spend It All, Dry Wood, Dizzy Gillespie and Always for Pleasure with Blank making a live appearance.  The very-well received doc Charles Bradley: Soul of America, follows the soul singer’s decades-long struggle to be heard. Eccentric country music man Bobby Bare, Jr. is profiled in Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost and makes an appearance with the Lawrence Peters Outfit at The Hideout.  The crew from the cult movie hit The Scenesters explain how we came up with celebrated holidays in the comedy Holiday Road. One Night Stand injects actors, directors, composers and writers into a whirlwind experiment for 24 hours to produce four short musicals in lightning-fast speed.  Awe Dub Sessions and Impala Sound will provide hella fine Dub, Roots and Dancehall Vinyl at Rodan, along with crazy visuals from For Your Height Only and Danger: Diabolik. (Support Odd Obsession Movies!).

And, of course, TUGM will proudly premiere Sci Fi Sol onto the world with a live score performed by Melody Nife, Saturday night April 14 at 10pm* at Wicker Park Arts Center.

*This corrects day/time info we may have previously announced. Sorry.

Head over to the CIMMFest site and get your tickets.

An Intro to TUGM’s Newest Feature Premiering at CIMMFest April 13th

Since I had been mentioning independent cinema and saving the venues showing such entertainment, I wanted to remind our returning readers and introduce new ones to The Underground Multiplex’s newest feature: Sci Fi Sol, the silent movie, superhero, video game musical directed by Joseph R. Lewis and Dave Asher. Here’s the first eight minutes for your enjoyment:

For more info on Sci Fi Sol, plus to view the fantastic poster created by Joe Pankowski, click here.

Head on over here to purchase advance all-access Festival Pass to Chicago’s terrific CIMMFest. And don’t forget to check out the other wild entertainment in store for you by clicking on the sidebar links.

Thanks for supporting TUGM and truly independent Chicago entertainment!