'Little Mermaid' Electro Show Features Lasers, Fog and Beach Blankets

By Meredith Hoffman on June 19, 2012 3:27pm 

Sophie Weiner sang at a past performance.
Sophie Weiner sang at a past performance.
View Full Caption
Leila Morrissey

GREENPOINT — Dye your hair blue. Wear board shorts. Let the lasers, fog machine, and electro-filtered dolphin calls lift you into rave-like dancing.

At least, that's what Sophie Weiner and Russ Marshalek hope from their audience at next week's "Little Mermaid" show.

"As soon as it starts you'll know the kind of ride you've bought into," Marshalek said of their duo Silent Drape Runners' techno-pop journey to accompany a silent screening of the Disney hit at Bar Matchless near McCarren Park. "We start with this cough-syrupy version of Enya," he said of the Irish superstar's choir-like music.

The all-electronic group — formed in October and rising to quick success with deejay sets over episodes of the show "Twin Peaks" — said their "resoundtracking" of "The Little Mermaid" would also include a rainstick (a tube filled with pebbles used as a percussion instrument given to Marshalek by his girlfriend as a birthday present) and Weiner's beloved Kaos Pad sound effects processor, which she uses onstage to sample and filter her own voice on the spot.

And they'll include plenty wild cards, Marshalek said.

"We might find a thousand conch shells for a dollar and throw them all over the place," said  Marshalek, 30, an Atlanta native and current Greenpoint resident. "Or the place could be covered in teddy bears."

"If this turns into a wild dance party we'll be psyched," said Weiner, 22, a Bushwick dweller from Northern California. She noted that the duo's eclectic mix of sounds could fit partly in the "sea punk" genre — at least for the sake of next Wednesday's underwater theme.

"Sea punk is online mostly," she said of the Internet-based movement, "a music and sub-culture created by mostly teenagers and it combines old-wave electronics with dolphins and ocean themes."

And yes, Marshalek said, contorted dolphin sounds would arise in the night, in the form of a "sonar explosion."

"I took it from a video," he said. "You'll have to wait to hear."

While improv is part of the show, the pair — who also work together for the culture website Flavor Pill — admitted to an engrossed viewing session of the animated flick on a recent plane flight together.

"We were the people on the plane watching 'The Little Mermaid' on the plane...taking notes," said Marshalek. "I now own a DVD of 'The Little Mermaid.'"

Silent Drape Runners are playing June 27 at 9:30 p.m. in the back room of Bar Matchless, on 557 Manhattan Ave.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement