1975 Dr. Darryl Licht meets Johnny Mendex
Mutech and I meet and get together in a band called
Druid's Stone. My biggest musical and visual influence at this time is
Alice Cooper. Then I bought this album called Autobahn by Kraftwerk. I
new then what I wanted the future of music to be. Then we saw Pink Floyd
Animals tour. Just before the show started there was a brief thunderstorm
and a double rainbow formed over Anaheim stadium. I have gone to every
tour they did since then. And then my favorite movie ever came out. Alien.
1980 Mutech Corp, the Rockcamp and the Wall
Mutech and I discover the Rockcamp. We spend the
weekend before the Wall up there listening to it on a boombox and then
come down to see the concert. We the next 10 years dragging our friends
and equipment out to these caves in the desert and building this crazy
40 light, battery powered light show in the caves. We would take our friends
up without really telling them what all we had planned then once the champagne
had cooled in the pond in the corner we would have a toast, start the
boombox, set off fireworks and smoke bombs and put on this incredible
light show with fireworks and glow juice coming down the walls. 23 years
later it is still there undiscovered, stocked with camping gear, champagne,
boombox and light show ready to plug in.
MUTECH (MUtated TECHnology) CORP. WHERE TECHNOLOGY
GROWS is created. Mutech is a fictional, faceless, evil, intergalactic
corporation specializing in genetic modification and bio-mechanical technology.
Our business card is black with the silver Mutech logo. Mutech Corp. Where
technology grows Alien Technology, Research and Development, Visual Services.
We start hitting comic book and sci-fi shows selling mutated telephones
and bio-mech flashing LED headbands. Some of the projects that we created
or worked on were the DM6688 Scorpion Gun, a genetically altered weapon
that shoots fire, bio-mech armor, Technic's Garden of Technology, a multimedia
video game, the demon bear project, Mutech solves waste problem by disposing
of waste in Hell, and we develop spud lights using LED's and create various
types of sensors and task lights using LEDs. However we were a bit before
our time. A few got and appreciated what our art was. But most of the
mainstream fans of these things were puzzled or even a bit angered because
we were not part of their known universe. Ironically we were doing "Borg"
before "The Next Generation" was even thought of and getting crap from
Trekkies for not being recognizable Star Trek characters.
1996 Burning Man
If you haven't been no matter what I say about Burning
Man can adequately describe what you may experience. So without knowing
any more than that Mutech told me it was like a whole lot of people doing
the Rockcamp and some faxed directions that I packed Nate (then 6), a
portable light show from the Rockcamp, and myself. We finally got there
after dark and when I parked the first thing I saw when I got out of the
car was a lit floor lamp moving around at random through the crowd. Finally
after many years of searching I had found home.
1998 Gigsville and Matty the Mutaytor
Even though I had finally found home I missed most
of the first two Burning Mans. Even more than that I was quite depressed
for having missed so much. So in 1998 I was determined to be involved
and participate as much as I could. I also got Internet access and email
for the first time. Through that I found Gigsville, Nate and I camp with
Gigsville for the whole 10 days and I take Technics Garden of Technology
as my theme camp. That was Gigsville's first year on the playa and after
10 days I had 200 new best friends. I was so inspired by it (ok that and
15 years of obsessively dragging lights and weird stuuf to the Rockcamp
and playing the Wall really loud withs lights and fireworks and smoke
bombs) that 6 weeks later I wrote the
Last Outpost of Blackrock City (my excuse to be really weird and play
the Wall really loud and play my lights). One of the first responses after
dropping that bomb on the Gigsville list and fully realizing that I was
quite serious was from Matty the Mutaytor.
1999 The Last Outpost and the mutated bra
The first 8 months were spent building the Wall
project. In July for Milena's 30th birthday we had a campout at Joshua
Tree where the Rockcamp is. Matty brought his kit and played an incredible
set as a monsterous thunderstorm broke out in every direction around us
but leaving us perfectly dry. While building costumes for the Wall Milena
had the idea for the first mutated
bra . My favorite moment of 1999 is atop the guard tower with Matty
and Ms. Mutech, wasted, sweeping beam lights over the playa shooting fireworks
with the Wall playing full blast on the boombox screaming at people and
playing my light show.
2000 Mutaytor turns civilians into rockstars
Tourettes, cheerleaders from Hell. Really. It all started as a big
joke. You can decide who the joke was on. That was the first time I dressed
up. I was pulled up on the go go plats during Mutaytor. It has become
legend that long after everyone else left I was still up there dancing
to the beat of a different drummer. I guess I never really came down after
that. 6 weeks later I became the bride of Mutech.
2001 Rockstar Bootcamp
Matty brings me first into Insecto, then the Mutaytor.
Using costumes from the Wall we develop street assaults into a fine art
form. In one of favorite works of mutation I mutate the Army webpages
into the Insecto ArmyBugs
2002 Teen Raver Barbie Clones
raver Barbie clones of the bride of Mutech are created. Sylvie
and KJ are the first models released. There
are rumors of a Lady Spacetrash model
but these reports are still unconfirmed at this time.
2004 The Lunatech is in the Hall
The Lunatech is
in my head
You raise the bar, you've made the grade
You re-arrange me 'till I'm sane
You light the way so that I can see
There’s someone in my head but it's not me.