THOMAS GOLUBIC at David Pecaut Square, Sunday, June 8. Rating: NN
Some Luminato projects are a lot more interesting on paper. When it was first announced, Synchronize was described as musicians creating a live soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law and included saxophonist Colin Stetson alongside Los Angeles music supervisor and DJ Thomas Golubic. But by the time the fest actually rolled around, it had turned into an audio/visual DJ performance by Golubic alone, which still seemed intriguing, especially considering the work he's done selecting music for shows like Breaking Bad and Six Feet Under.
The technologies behind live video manipulations and digital DJing have come a long way in recent years. Unfortunately, Synchronize didn't take advantage of them. The video aspect turned out to be homemade compilations of clips from seemingly random films and television shows, which were paired with equally amateurish DJing, which lurched between indie rock, classic rock and retro hip-hop without making much of an attempt at mixing or beatmatching. He selected some decent tunes, but audiences expect more from tech-driven performances in 2014.