KarmetiK Machine Orchestra reinterprets several traditional Indian fables based on samsara—the Sanskrit concept of the cycle of birth, life, death, and reincarnation—with musicians, electro-mechanical instruments, dancers, and multiple speakers. For the poster design, we illustrated some characters that appeared throughout the fables and combined those motifs with elements of mechanical parts. The central circle simultaneously serves as a sort of Circle of Life while also being an illustration of a top-down view of one of the Machine Orchestra's drum machines. The custom type was inspired by traditional Sanskrit language writing.
THEM originally premiered in 1986, sparking controversy for addressing gay love and the AIDS epidemic on stage. Twenty-five years later, the original creators decided to recast and reconstruct THEM again because of its continued relevance. For the poster design, we chose to hint at the violence that engulfs the same-sex relationships in the performance.
After twenty-six years, the annual SCREAM (Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music) festival put on one final show with works by four masters of electro-acoustic music. We took scans of actual sheet music from each of those four composers and composed our poster design with those elements.