Mellotrauma is an audio/visual performance and collaboration between experimental musician and artist Jon Vaughn and Colby Richardson.

Mellotrauma is a composition for live performance utilizing audio and video feedback and electronic manipulations that is intended to both overwhelm and subdue the senses. Jon Vaughn incorporates both analogue and digital sound sources to evoke and transform the idea of experimental noise music manifesting in richly textural worlds embedded with fragmented melodies, cavernous bass lines and frenetic and spasmodic no-input mixing and tape-manipulated instrumentation. The accompanying visuals in Mellotrauma are created and altered in real time by Colby Richardson through the use of analogue video synthesis, video feedback, and no-input video mixing. By combining and sculpting these layers, Richardson creates an uncanny visual response to the tone and intensity of Vaughn’s consuming soundscape, collectively propelling the audience through waves and portals, blurring the boundaries between the two mediums.


1. Left Column:
Mellotrauma at AKOUSMA III, Montréal, QB. October 2017

2. Top Right:
Video excerpts from Mellotrauma at AKOUSMA III, Montréal, QB. October 2017

3. Bottom Right:
Video documentation from Mellotrauma at Forth, Winnipeg, MB.  November 2017