Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you. Below is the biography of our leader.
Name: Lazarus Maurice (Morris) Mitchell
aka1: SK-7…SpaceCadet 7
aka3: DR. WaveNstien
This lad happens to be a Florida native, born Lazarus Maurice Mitchell on November 3, 1965, in Bradenton, Florida. The legacy of his powerful first name unmistakably became his social signature and a calling card. Lazarus often received a label by most peers and acquaintances as a Renaissance Man. This would mold and shape his future as he pushed the envelope of multi-media.
Lazarus set forth single-handedly to create a New Era evolving around Outer Space and other dimensions. A fascination with art, music, science, and technology would be his main interests while other boys were playing sports outside.
Lazarus spent his time drawing under the influence of his father and brother and doing experiments from the chemistry sets his parents bought him. His mother, a longtime teacher in the church and public school system, set the environment by encouraging him to do what he liked best.
After seeing his drawings of spaceships and odd images, sixth-grade science teacher Ms. Malesky singled out Lazarus at a young age of 12. He was excused from public school one day in order to take a solo field trip to the local Bishop Planetarium and South Florida Museum. As a staff member of the museum, Ms. Malesky saw Lazarus’ strange talent and potential.
John Hare, the planetarium director, offered Lazarus a volunteer position for assisting with astronomy and the popular musical laser light shows: "Laser Fantasies." This had an enormous impact on his life being around large industrial machines, technicians, astronomers, and scientists.
Lazarus also befriended a British lad at the laser shows that introduced the BBC’s science fiction. In particular, Lazarus was overwhelmed by Space 1999 and Dr. WHO.
Due to his love and respect for all classmates, Lazarus would hold the office of class president during the grades of 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th. Despite, being in and out of the educational institution, Lazarus won the best show each year and most outstanding artist in the county in his high school senior year of 1984.
The judges the year before in 1983 pulled Lazarus aside to inform him that his artwork and skills were far superior to those of all the seniors in the county.
They said unfortunately that he could not compete that year for the Duncan Wathen trophy due to the fact only of his grade level. But they wanted to at least compliment him on his talent. The next year he won an immaculate stack of ribbons. During this time, he could only be humbled by his God-given gift.
After graduating from high school, this small town boy set out to the big city to attend Parsons School of Design in New York. There he majored in fashion design and illustration for one year. His style was compared to Erte, whom he hadn’t heard of or seen until his sewing instructor brought this to his attention.
Vegetarianism became his lifestyle as he viewed the brain as a computer and the body like a machine, both needing upkeep. He also discovered that laughter is a great healer and the lost Fountain of Youth. After a year of missing the simple culture and green nature of Florida, he returned home.
His immense love for music moved him to invest a thousand dollars on his first synthesizer (Korg DW 8000) instead of a car. The Planetarium he had worked at in previous years had an arsenal of electronic LPs.
To name a few, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Tomita, and Klaus Schultz were some of the bands influencing his style as a musician. Other bands such as Gary Numan, +1, Parliament, Kraftwerk, and YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra) were those he acquired from being played at dance clubs or on the radio.
In the 80s, Lazarus was simply unexpectedly taken by storm. His first composition “Isotopes of Saturn,” was submitted to a local radio FM station and quickly aired on their live ambient broadcast.
Lazarus was amazed that the station not only liked it but used it as background music while they interviewed other well-known electronic musicians. He later studied sacred music at Southeastern College in Lakeland, Florida while teaching himself the history of electronic music and devices at home.
While there, he had acquired twelve to fourteen analog and digital synthesizers from brands such as MOOG, ARP, OBERHEIM, and KORG. Lazarus became captivated by a Leonardo Da Vinci documentary that featured multiple projects the master artist had been working on in his vast studio.
It was this concept Lazarus would borrow and perfect through the years by not only working on multiple platform mediums and ideas at the same time (art, music, poetry, technical, etc.) but taking this to a higher level by not just waiting till he needed an idea for a class project.
He would simply start a flowing continuous cycle of BRAINSTORMING….. unending. This perhaps might have been his greatest weapon for GREY MATTER POWER. Others were astonished at how vast and detailed his ideas would entail and range. They would also question when and if he slept. Lazarus found this quite amusing and on the same note, comical.
Before leaving Southeastern in order to pursue fine arts, Lazarus would create a single puzzle-like space panel entitled: “The Genesis Project.” This would soon become a future series of a colossal scale. He would one day aim to complete this commemorative cosmic version: BUBBLE of SPACE (as he envisioned) of the Sistine Chapel.
This would be his interplanetary version inspired by none other than his mentor: Michelangelo. Florida Southern College, known for having the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world, would be this lad’s next appointment in that town.
Lazarus studied under a handful of professors that rivaled even the old masters in painting and drawing.
It was also during this time one of his mentors, Dr. Downing Barnitz, introduced him to ALKYD, a quick-drying oil-based paint. This would become Lazarus’ favorite medium to paint in. He became an assistant worker at the college’s Melvin Art Gallery. He used his spare time experimenting and developing multiple drawing styles that were oddly enough shifted and altered in other directions of the typical student.
Staying up late, locked up, and hanging out in the classroom studio after hours and sometimes up till the next morning class begun. Just himself, his music, and his brush to keep him company.
Poetry became another passion as well as a fascination as he conversed with other colleges in the humanities department. Emulating still another realm of his art and music, Lazarus’s poems play on the five senses and create the “Theater of the Mind.”
While holding the presidential office of SEDS, (students for the exploration of space) Lazarus proposed to organize a campus-wide trip to NASA that was approved by the SUB (student union board) of F.S.C. He created the "Sci-Fi / Anime Club" and held a panel discussion in a dormitory lobby he transformed into a talk show-like set.
The topic was "GEORGE LUCAS and the history of Industrial Light & Magic - movies and inventions." Lazarus provided his personal research of interesting facts about Mr. Lucas to his classmates. In addition, he provided a timeline of accomplishments from documents he had obtained by request from a direct phone call to Lucas’ company in California, stating his purpose.
The pool table served as a platform for a display of Star Wars toys that were as expensive due to their rare collective original and mint quality. This went in conjunction with the planned trip to the re-releasing of The STAR WARS TRILOGY into the theaters.
Years later, Lazarus would be selected from the marathon overnighter fan lines to be interviewed and featured on a local newscast station during the opening release of "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." Prior to this engagement, he contacted ILM for a technological background on the DD SS • THX-EX, (codeveloped by LucasFilm THX and Dolby Digital) which made its first appearance in this film.
He received numerous awards and honors including Who’s Who in American colleges, Kappa Pi (International Honorary Art Fraternity), ODK: Omicron Delta Kappa (National Honorary Leadership Fraternity), Senior Spotlight, and top award in the senior art exhibition. Lazarus received at this college his first degree: Bachelor of Science in Art Communication in 1993.
Techniques Lazarus had created in drawing as well as effects in graphics on Adobe Photoshop became the tools he infused within two classes he lectured to youth during summer workshops at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida. Lazarus served as a youth director, scoutmaster, and administrative assistant to both a Major and Lieutenant in the Salvation Army, in Winter Haven, Florida.
Lazarus was asked to be interviewed by a local radio station to discuss his views on the current outlook of our youth in society. He accepted and compared the youth to delicate plants that needed good fertilizer, constant water, and sunshine.
Unfortunately, many of the youth today are malnourished on too much junk food and sports plus lack of education and parental guidance. This would later be broadcasted as a three-part segment during black history month.
As he ventured to the city of Winter Park/Orlando, Florida, he enrolled himself into the digital domain of the animation program in MAYA software at Full Sail. A group was formed amongst the animation student majors that he helped launch. They went by the name of “The Computer Animation Society.”
Lazarus coordinated, arranged, and booked prominent guest speakers and planned field trips. He held and hosted discussions revolving around "The Worlds Colliding - in the Art and Machine Arena," which was the main focus of the group, gave a presentation at Full Sail on "The History of ELECTRONIC MUSIC," provided with multimedia samples and aided displays, including a complimentary outline handout, which he designed.
Graduating with honors in perfect attendance and two-course director awards, Lazarus received his second degree, an Associates of Science in Computer Animation in 2001. His final project also happens to be the fluid moving form of a comic book he is developing.
The soundtrack was executed by none other than his own band: I.O.I. (Industrial Orchestra Incorporated) that he developed while at Full Sail studios. An opportunity from Blacklight Records also played a hand in releasing three of his singles on separate compilations:
Other compositions included:
PolkCommunity College put on display one of Lazarus’s large triptychs. The Orlando Museum of Art has also featured Lazarus work in two shows "The Human Form" and the "Astro Bash."
In January of 2006, 2007, and 2008, Lazarus volunteered his time and energy down at the Orlando Science Center for their “OTRONICON,” a ten-day video gaming-cyber experience and gaming competition. MegaCon and Orlando Comic-Con are two other conventions to list in his volunteer credits.
His art history influences consist of Michelangelo and Leonardo De Vinci. Other influences came from periods of Renaissance, Baroque, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nuevo, and Gothic. Movements of Dada, Bauhaus, and Minimalism also had their part in blueprinting the way Lazarus thought.
It also encouraged him to launch a new era. Due to the absence of a current movement established in our modern day society. Lazarus, the [Big Kid] sought out to launch the Age of Astro. He has just purchased his third SGI computer with plans of two larger: SGI ONYX and CRAY supercomputers.
During this time, he has continued feeding himself articles on entrepreneurship, along with success background stories of tycoons: George Lucas of I.L.M. (Industrial Light and Magic), Steve Jobs of Apple and Pixar, and OPRAH. Currently, Lazarus resides in Orlando working for the BLUE MAN Group at Universal Studios.
Arthur C. Clarke is Lazarus’s recent inspiring mentor, resulting from a special documentary he viewed on the Ovation channel. Lazarus envisions a Sony collaboration with George Lucas’s companies, along with Arthur C. Clarke’s influence to make up the Keystone-Missing Link team of his current project: "Hyper-Z" hidden within the Central Core of the Vox-Astro seven geodesic dome-spheres.
Those mentioned above joined with other like-minded individuals will form the Sight and Sound Headquarters DNA of "VOXASTRO," where art and music, science and technology, space and machines, plus humans and robots dwell.
VOXASTRO (vox: Latin for voice, astro: space), “The Voice of Space”.