The Electronic Lover

an audio opera by Lisa Mezzacappa & Beth Lisick

Welcome

July 13, 2020
Lisa Mezzacappa

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The Electronic Lover is a serial audio opera created by San Francisco Bay Area composer Lisa Mezzacappa and New York writer Beth Lisick. The story is set in chatrooms at the dawn of the Internet, in the moment when we first invited computers into the most intimate aspects of our lives.

The series pilot, Episode 1, a double episode, was released in August 2020.

Episode 2 was released in March 2021. Episodes 3 and 4 were released in June 2021.

Episodes 4 & 5 are released August 26, 2022.

Download or stream Episodes 1-4 now on your desktop, or on your smartphone via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Deezer, Pocket Casts, and others.

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Episodes 3 & 4 – Credits

June 25, 2021
Lisa Mezzacappa

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Cast

Karina Denike (Joan, aka Talkin’ Lady)
Michelle Amador (Margot, aka GoGo)
Katy Stephan (Frankie, aka Friday)
Melody Jeune Ferris (Theresa, aka T-Rex)
Nikola Printz (Susan, aka Miz Stacks)
David James (Garrison, aka Buck)
Aurora Josephson (choir)
Danishta Rivero (choir)
David Katz (choir)

Steve Blum (synth & keyboard)
Jordan Glenn (drums & percussion)
Lisa Mezzacappa (bass)

Beth Lisick (narrator)

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Recorded and mixed by John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Recording, Oakland CA, with additional engineering by Ian Pellicci. Episode 3 narration recorded by Eli Crews at Spillway Sound, Marbletown, New York.

Podcast logo design by Oakland artist Dan Nelson.

The Electronic Lover is co-created by Lisa Mezzacappa, who composed the music, and Beth Lisick, who wrote the libretto.

The story is based on an article by Lindsy van Gelder. 

The show is co-produced by Lisa Mezzacappa and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, which commissioned episodes 2 through 9.

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Episodes 3 & 4 were created with support from the Gerbode Foundation, InterMusic SF, and the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program.

Episodes 3 & 4 release and listening party!

June 22, 2021
Lisa Mezzacappa

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Please join us on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 7pm PDT for a live-streamed Episode 3 & 4 release event with the cast and creators of The Electronic Lover, hosted by the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). We will talk a little bit, then settle in to listen to the new episodes together, then open up the chat for Q&A with the audience, moderated by BAMPFA Program Manager Sean Carson.

The program is free and open to the public. To attend, click the “Watch Live” box on the BAMPFA event page – no RSVP is required.

Episode 2 – Credits

February 26, 2021
Lisa Mezzacappa

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Cast

Karina Denike (Joan, aka Talkin’ Lady)
Michelle Amador (Margot, aka GoGo)
Katy Stephan (Frankie, aka Friday)
Melody Jeune Ferris (Theresa, aka T-Rex)
Nikola Printz (Susan, aka Miz Stacks)
David James (Garrison, aka Buck)
Aurora Josephson (choir)
Danishta Rivero (choir)
David Katz (choir)

 

Steve Blum (synth & keyboard)
Jordan Glenn (drums & percussion)
Lisa Mezzacappa (bass)

Beth Lisick (narrator)

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Recorded and mixed by John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Recording, Oakland CA, with additional engineering by Ian Pellicci. Narration recorded by Eli Crews at Spillway Sound, Marbletown, New York.

Podcast logo design by Oakland artist Dan Nelson.

The Electronic Lover is co-created by Lisa Mezzacappa, who composed the music, and Beth Lisick, who wrote the libretto.

The story is based on an article by Lindsy van Gelder. 

The show is co-produced by Lisa Mezzacappa and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, which commissioned episodes 2 through 9.

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Episode 2 was created with support from the Gerbode Foundation, InterMusic SF, and the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program.

Episode 2 release and listening party!

February 5, 2021
Lisa Mezzacappa

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Please join us on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7pm PST for a live-streamed Episode 2 release event with the cast and creators of The Electronic Lover. We will talk a little bit, then settle in to listen to Episode 2 together, then open up the chat for Q&A with the audience, moderated by composer and opera producer Paul Dresher.

The program is hosted by the Center for New Music in San Francisco in collaboration with the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and is free and open to the public.

To attend, RSVP HERE, and then you will be emailed a Zoom invite and password to join the event.

Episode 1 launch event!

July 24, 2020
Lisa Mezzacappa

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Please join us on Friday, August 14 at 7pm PDT for a live-streamed launch event with the cast and creators of The Electronic Lover. We will talk a little bit, then settle in to listen to Episode 1 together, then open up the chat for Q&A with the audience.

The program is hosted by the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and is free and open to the public. If you RSVP here, you will be emailed a Zoom invite and password to join the event.

 

 

Episode 1 – Credits

July 13, 2020
Lisa Mezzacappa

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Cast

Karina Denike (Joan)
Michelle Amador (Margot)
Katy Stephan (Frankie)
Melody Jeune Ferris (Theresa)
Jesse Olsen Bay (choir)
David James (Garrison)
Aurora Josephson (choir)
Danishta Rivero (choir)

Steve Blum (synth & keyboard)
Jordan Glenn (percussion)
Lisa Mezzacappa (bass)

Beth Lisick (narrator)

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Recorded and mixed (and sanitized) by John Finkbeiner (with meticulous social distancing, solid ventilation, and diligent mask wearing) at New, Improved Recording, Oakland CA. Additional engineering by Eli Crews at Spillway Sound in upstate New York.

Podcast logo design by Oakland artist Dan Nelson.

Co-created by Lisa Mezzacappa & Beth Lisick. Produced by Lisa Mezzacappa.

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Episode 1 was created with generous support from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

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