"The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
- Charles DuBois
Synthesizing music, film, and an unforgettable live experience, this innovative indie band, X: THC is evolving and redefining how a live show is presented and experienced within the model of the music industry.
The immersive, live concert performance is accompanied by X: THC"s original film, X: The Human Condition, whose wistful and mysterious imagery creates an utterly unique and uplifting experience. Citing Tim Burton, Michel Gondry, Jean Cocteau, and The Brothers Grimm as major influences, X: THC’s visual companion to the performance is a surrealistic, psychological trip inside the human subconscious.
Post-performance, you will be invited to access hidden pages within this website, to uncover the mysteries and meanings on a deeper level ...
X: THC's Michael Nova is an existential explorer. A powerful performer, composer, filmmaker and producer, Michael has released his multimedia music and film project, X: The Human Condition with a DIY (do it yourself) aesthetic that persevered after over a decade of, at times, seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Michael worked for 12 years, self-funding X: The Human Condition, with the help of hundreds of actors, musicians and crew, who volunteered or cut their rates to be a part of the project, because of the message of the music and film.
His goal was to do "one good thing"- to create a live music and film project that would inspire people to overcome challenges in life, but he was about to face more challenges than he ever imagined.
With no previous experience in film, Michael directed, and was in the process of co-editing the film, when things took a turn for the worse. Previously in perfect health, he suddenly became severely ill and almost went blind.
X: The Human Condition seemed doomed. But though all this, something incredible was happening. The story of X: The Human Condition was now reflecting through to his real life and his real life experience entered into the story. They were coming together in a twisted, and artfully unexpected way.
Undergoing intense rehabilitation, Michael strengthened his resolve to complete this "one good thing". A full recovery was not expected, but it is amazing what you can do when you are passionate about something.
With the goal of inspiring people through the music and film, the behind the scenes story of X: The Human Condition now became an inspiration in itself. The project is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit.
In order to affect concrete change in others’ lives, X: THC has partnered with several charities dedicated to help connect people who feel alone, alienated or "different". A portion of proceeds from ticket and album sales of X: The Human Condition will go to aid this vast community of people overcoming difficulties.
X: THC is:
MICHAEL NOVA, vocals
TIENNE, guitars and keyboards
JOHN BOLLINGER, percussion
X: THC combines chilled, shattered beats, soulful vibery, and edgy indie rock songwriting to create a lush, ambient soundscape. The songs conjure shades of post-punk, new wave, and electronica —yet they weave a seductive, hypnotic sound all their own.
X: THC's music is currently in rotation onboard Continental Airlines, Aircalin Airlines and on over 100 college radio stations nationwide.
X: THC's musicians are diverse artists who have produced sound design for HBO, Showtime, ABC, SciFi, USA, and Oxygen networks, performed with, or played on albums by Public Enemy, Popa Chubby, DJ Red Alert, The NY Chamber Opera, and shared stages with Costanza, Mudville, Natalie Walker, BM Linx, J.Viewz, and many more.
X: The Human Condition, the album, was produced by Michael Nova and Ninjaboy.
For Information On The Film And Credits, Please Continue To Next About Page
Two individuals, each trapped in their own surreal existence of alienation and loneliness, retain a desperate hope that there is someone in the world who understands. Each is mysteriously driven to spawn the ultimate work of art; one that will make a difference: living, breathing re-creations of themselves that help them gain the courage to truly live, and inspire others to follow...
Taking almost 12 years to complete, the accompanying film, X: The Human Condition, is a surreal, visual representation of the project’s mysterious sound.
X: The Human Condition's production team has produced projects for Shaggy, Todd Terry, India, Louie Vega, The National Football League, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and Latin America Superstar Ednita Nazario and Johnny Sigal.
X: The Human Condition 's actors have appeared in productions such as Saturday Night Live, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Morgan Spurlock's Phoenix, Guiding Light, Gossip Girl, Moon Over Miami, and the feature films The Good Shepherd, Forgiven and Final Analysis.
Ada Marie Louise Guttierez
as little brown eyes
Maggie Wallach as brown eyes
August Gladstone as little
Sean Logan as blue eyes
THC, The Band:
Michael Nova, vocals
Tienne, guitars and keyboards
Mark Benedict, percussion
Wayne L. Hunter
“X: The Human Condition is an emotionally cataclysmic event that will resonate in your subconscious for weeks. In a world where live action accompanied by video stimulus is the new trend…Michael Nova's avant-garde production remains unparalleled.” - UnratedNYC Magazine
“An amazing album… may build on many of the stepping stones of the past, but is definitely an album and concept that treads towards the future, and new possibilities in ways that many artists have not even started to consider… The song emotes various, contradicting, emotions…And it is rare for a song to have such an effect on a listener, but it is even rarer when a band can produce an album of songs that have such an effect....”- SlowdiveMusic Blog
"Seductive chill-out goodness that easily rivals the like work of Bjork, His Mighty Robot, Switchblade Symphony and Massive Attack in terms of impact and diversity...X: THC are probably the kind of band that you’d enjoy so much you would want to keep them to yourself, only you won’t be able to, because you’re so damned excited about the music..." - SphereMag, UK
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